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Make a home for wildlife
Although flower borders and herb gardens are not natural habitats, they can be extremely valuable for wildlife. They provide food and cover for many animals and act as a refuge for some wild flowers that are becoming rare in the countryside. Choose carefully and you can have something in flower right through the year.
It is best to grow native species in your flower border, as these attract the most wildlife. However many non-native species are rich in nectar so are a magnet for insects, which in turn draw in more insects, birds and other animals.
Regularly dead-heading your plants will keep the flowers coming - and the wildlife.