Plants For Wildlife
The countryside’s wildlife habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate, which has increased the importance of our gardens being designed and planted to offer an abundance of habitats for wildlife. Our towns and cities need gardens to form ‘green corridors’ to provide shelter and food for a huge range of species and by doing this increase biodiversity.
There are many plants that attract and provide for wildlife including, shrubs, climbers, perennials and pond plants. Many of these beautiful garden plants you’ll probably already have in your garden. Native shrubs and trees offer the best choice for wildlife, providing food and shelter for a wide variety of species. Colourful nectar and pollen rich flowers are not only a good addition to your garden aesthetics but attract and are often invaluable for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Although a well-cut lawn may look nice, you might try to plant a few wildflowers in a section that can be left to grow longer, attracting more insects, butterflies and small mammals. If you don’t have the space planter boxes and pots can help provide those helpful plants on patios or even balconies. By growing a wide variety of plants your garden will play an important part in creating habitats for wildlife.