Attract Butterflies and Bees into your garden with these 5 wildlife-friendly garden plants. These plants add fragrance, colour and texture to your garden, they also create a habitat for wildlife to thrive in.
You don’t need a large garden to support the local wildlife. A terrace garden or even balcony can provide a great habitat for wildlife. Even window boxes and hanging baskets will work with careful plant choices.
Here are some ideas to bring the garden to life with plants that are both beautiful and will attract wildlife in.
Sunflowers are a treasure trove for wildlife. Their pollen attracts bees and later in the season the seeds provide a natural bounty for the birds. They are a stunning addition to any garden with their daisy-like flowers in vibrant yellow and mellow brown centre. Sunflowers are easy to grow and maintain. They are heat and drought tolerant and prefer a loose well-drained soil.
Butterflies and Bees love Buddleja. They will feast on this wild shrub all day long. The purple flowering plant is self-seeding and can be invasive but with hard pruning in the winter this shrub can be controlled to add beauty, colour and texture to the garden and the wildlife will love it.
Climbing honeysuckle, with delicate flowers and evening fragrance, attracts moths which in turn feed birds and bats. Birds also enjoy their red berries and use them for nesting sites.
Hawthorn hedge is a great choice when creating a wildlife-friendly garden. Hawthorn supports many species of birds that use the hedges as nesting sites and feast upon the haws (fruits) in autumn. They offer cover to small mammals as wildlife corridors
Bees love lavender and they will spend all day buzzing back and forth between each flowerhead. Lavender is ideal for mixed borders, patios and lining paths. With the relaxing fragrance and vibrant colour, it`s no wonder bees love this quintessential cottage garden plant.
Wildlife in urban areas are declining and need gardeners to provide healthy habitats for them to thrive in. With wildlife-friendly garden plants and creating natural environments for the birds, bees, butterflies and beetles, we can create an ideal habitat for them to thrive in.