Flower border/herb garden
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.
Make the most of your garden
- Many native wildflowers that are getting rare in the countryside are finding a refuge in gardens. If you'd like to grow them, make sure you get plants from specialist nurseries. Never take plants from the wild.
- Plant your herb garden near the house. It’s convenient for picking and you’ll easily be able to see the myriad of insects that the herbs attract.
- Include plants that flower late or early in the season (eg lady’s smock, chives, cranesbill and borage) to encourage bees and butterflies throughout spring, summer and autumn.
Regularly dead-heading your plants will keep the flowers coming - and the wildlife.