A Late-Summer Wildlife Retreat. Birds and other friendly creatures will find this late-season garden irresistible. The birdbath offers water, while plants such as black-eyed Susan and sedum provide food for both birds and butterflies when many plants are slowing down. Garden size: 16 by 10 feet.
Pratia or White Star Creeper is a herbaceous perennial groundcover used as a lawn substitute, as fillers in pathways, in rock gardens and in borders. A profusion of starry white flowers bloom spring through summer, followed by globular, reddish-purple fruit in autumn, attracting birds. This plant will tolerate wet or dry conditions in sun or shade. Low growing (2-3" tall). Zones 5-10 by ruthie
A red-berried elder might be nice. It's mentioned on a website that features "Growing Native Shrubs" in Colorado. I think this is actually an example of a non-native plant that can adapt to CO's climate and can be used in a native landscape. The berries are a good food source for birds. They are poisonous to humans unless cooked. This is a hardy shrub and can grow in full sun to full shade. It grows to 10-12 feet in height, 8-15 ft. in width.
This is a beautiful example of a wildlife-friendly landscape design, as the water's edges are gradual enough that birds, dragonflies and others can easily drink or bathe. Plus, it's just plain stunning! Design by Land Design in Texas.