Plants By Type
Wildlife gardens to enhance the landscape Part 3
Posted on Sunday 12/19
Proper Sizing for your Wildlife Garden Design
The size of your landscape design will determine what you can grow. If you have a small garden then go with vertical plants. You can also attach a trellis of a wooden fence to grow a honeysuckle or select climbing shrubs which can make wonderful nesting sites for birds and offer refugee for insects. Alternatively, you can add a mixed species hedge to acts as a fence, if you want, choose holly, yew, cotoneaster to any number of berry producing shrubs.
While many plants do have flowers, select flowers which provide food. To make your landscape more enticing add a small pond, meadow or a log pile. Create gaps in the wall between the paving slabs where you can grow shallow plants like the dianthus or the campanula.
Entice insects by packing the border with nectar rich plants ensuring that there is plenty of food for insects and birds. Grow a variety of perennial seeds that also provide food and be of interest to many insects.
Getting the Most out of your Wildlife Garden Design
For the ideal result grow you flower borders on a sunny sheltered area and choose plants that flower at different times throughout the year - this means that there will be a continuous supply of nectar all year round. Some of the plants recommended include astrantias, cow parsley and eryngiums. These plants attract a variety of insects and butterflies.
If you have a large lawn, grow some long grass that provides an excellent habitat for beetles, grasshoppers and inserts. Moreover, long grass provides food to caterpillars and butterflies. You can also add color to the long grass by planting meadow flowers like the cowslip, daisies that provide lots of pollen and nectar.