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.
It is best to grow native species 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
- Make a wild flower refuge by growing ‘endangered plants’ cultivated by 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, golden rod 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.