Bring Your Garden To Life

Friday, 12 July 2019
Your garden is more than a space for the family to run around in and for bbqs in the warm evenings, your garden is home to all manner of native wildlife too. Nothing is more pleasant than hearing the gentle buzz of bees and seeing birds swoop in and out of your garden in search of food.

If you’re looking at more ways to encourage wildlife into your garden then this blog will give you all the flowers and extras needed to turn your garden into an animal haven.


The best plants and flowers to attract birds and insects are the ones that are native to the country you’re in. They’ll encourage the indigenous species to return and breed once they know there are established beds and sources of food. They will provide food and shelter for all manner of insect visitors to your garden including bees, butterflies and caterpillars. Whether you do choose native or non-native plants, do make sure they’re single flowers as the double versions tend to be harder for bees and so on to access and pollinate.

Mix this up with some berries to provide food for visiting birds and other small animals. 


If you’re looking to attract bees here are some of the flowers that you can plant: go for bright dahlias but in principle opt for purple flowers. Bees can see this colour much more clearly than others so make sure to plant plenty in your garden.You’ll find species such as buddleja and lavender perfect ways to attract more bees. 


With the disappearance of many native species, attracting and helping butterflies to flourish is a vital role. Again buddleja is a great option as well as seedum and wild marjoram, all easy enough to get hold of and grow in most gardens.

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The motivation for most birds to visit gardens is the search for food. Get hold of your wild bird food online and create safe feeders for birds out of the way of the neighbourhood cats and other predators. Squirrels are particularly adept at getting hold of bird food, so find squirrel-proof feeders at your local pet shop. Keep food topped up all year round but particularly in the winter months when you might also want to add some extra nutrition, such as fat balls.

Create safe nesting sites with bird boxes placed in various spots around your garden. Depending on the size of the hole and where you place it, you’ll attract different birds so do some research online about what kind of birds are in your area. 

Your garden is home to all manner of living things and sharing your outside space with native flora and fauna is the perfect way to get the whole family involved in planning and maintaining your garden.

Say goodbye to quiet evenings and hello to a garden humming with the sound of insects, birds and small animals, grateful to have somewhere to nest, take shelter and find food.

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