Attracting wildlife to your garden is very easy and can be highly rewarding, both aesthetically and environmentally. From beautifully scented plants, to simple to create features, here are a few ways to transform your garden into a wildlife haven.
Hardy, robust and can grow virtually anywhere. Buddlejas are generally deciduous shrubs that attract butterflies like no other plant. Buddleja ‘buzz’ series are more compact than the traditional buddleja, typically reaching a maximum height of around 1-1.5m. With purple through to pink clusters of flowers, it is perfect in the centre of a border.
Often referred to as honeysuckle, lonicera can be an evergreen or deciduous climbing plant, boasting a very long flowering period with strongly scented flowers which are great for attracting hummingbird hawk moths, easily distinguished by the orange hind-wings. Lonicera ‘heaven scent’, ‘purpurea’ and ‘Graham Thomas’ are very highly scented which makes them excellent at attracting the hawk moth.
Sedums are succulent, perennial plants, which during the summer months attract an abundance of wildlife, in particular bees. With heights starting from 10cm all the way up to 80cm they are an essential for both the small, and the larger garden. Sedum ‘munstead dark red’ being an outstanding variety, in terms of beauty, and bringing in the bees.
Hedging is used primarily for screening but has many other benefits, one of these is offering birds somewhere to nest during the months of March through to August. Providing shelter and safety for new born chicks and offering materials to help build their nests. Hedging such as laurel (Prunus ‘rotundifolia’), Eleagnus ‘ebbingei’ and yew (Taxus, ‘baccata’) are the best at providing strong, dense hedging for both you and the wildlife to enjoy.
Birdbaths are used in the garden as both a focal point, and more practically, a place for the birds to cool down and have a drink on a warm summer’s day. There are a huge range of birdbaths available in all different shapes, sizes and materials. Our selection is focused mainly on but not limited to stone birdbaths.
Bug Hotels / Insect Lodges:
Bug hotels whether bought or homemade, offer a huge range of wildlife a warm, safe and affordable accommodation for the night. Bug hotels are beneficial in letting the smaller insects lay their eggs away from any predators, and offer them a place to stay during the cold winter months, so they can then get on with pollinating your garden. You can make your own homemade bug hotel by drilling a thick log with holes, or you can choose one of our specially made bug houses.
There's so many things you can do to make your garden more wildlife friendly. If you need help or suggestions, just ask a member of staff when you're here. We're always happy to help.
Matthew Henry, Plant Area Supervisor