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Wonderful Wildlife

Wonderful Wildlife

Gardens are vital to our wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies and more! There are a few things we can all do in our gardens to make them a friendlier environment for our little friends. This week we are celebrating Garden Wildlife Week (1st – 7th June) so we are sharing some of our best bee and butterfly friendly plants with you.

Verbena bonariensis (AGM)

This award winning verbena is a tall perennial which produces small purple-blue flowers from June to October. Flowers are held on tall stems (up to 1.5m) with dark green foliage. Best planted in groups, they are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ (AGM)

A classic lavender is always a hit with the bees! This compact, award-winning English lavender has fragrant purple flowers and is excellent as hedging or along pathways. It has evergreen, fragrant foliage, giving it extra value after the summer months. It can also be grown in a pot, so works wonders in attracting wildlife to small gardens.

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Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

‘Caradonna’ is an impressive and well-performing Salvia with two-lipped, violet-purple flowers throughout summer. It is beneficial for bees and other pollinators. It grows to around 45cm and is ideal as part of a bee-friendly or ornamental border.

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Thyme Thymus ‘Silver Queen’ (AGM)

This lemon-scented thyme is a compact and bushy, with green and cream leaves. In summer it produces pretty pale lavender-pink flowers which are nectar rich. It will attract lots of good wildlife including bees, beneficial insects, butterflies and other pollinators!

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Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’

More commonly known as Catmint, ‘Six Hills Giant’ produces abundant lavender-blue flowers in the Summer and looks beautiful in a sunny border. An excellent choice for a cottage garden feel and one which will attract lots of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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There’s lots of other ideas that you can use to create a more wildlife friendly garden. These are five of our favourites.

Create a compost heap

Making a compost heap provides a habitat to lots of minibeasts, who help to decay waste. A large range of materials can be added to your compost include old cut flowers and bedding plants, prunings, dead plants, fruit and vegetable leftovers, grass cuttings, dead leaves, tea bags, eggshells and more! Try to ensure a good mix of items. You could include a piece of corrugated iron and some rubber mat, which will encourage slow worms. These have the extra benefit of being a natural pest control as they will eat slugs. This home-made compost is excellent as a soil improver, helping the structure and health of your soil as well as making plants more resilient.

Use Vitax Compost Maker to speed up the breakdown of organic garden and kitchen waste – shop here.

Feed the birds

Attracting birds into the garden is easy and we can do our bit by ensuring that they have enough food, especially over the winter. You can hang a bird feeder or provide a bird table. If you’re feeling creative you can also make your own bird food! Make sure feeders are kept clean and away from any predators and put out the necessary amount of food (too much may attract other animals and too little will leave hungry birds). You could also add a nest box to allow smaller birds to create nests in the garden.

Shop for bird care online here.

Grow climbers

Climbers are a brilliant garden choice, often hiding fences and adding ornamental interest with flowers and foliage. In addition, climbers can help add to the shelter available for wildlife and can offer pollen and nectar to insects. Some also grow berries to provide food for wildlife! They can provide good shelter for birds, who can use it to nest in. Try ivy, clematis, jasmine and climbing roses and hydrangeas.

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Make a bee hotel

Bees are key for pollination and perform a vital role in the garden. You can create your own bee hotel to encourage bees to nest. You will need hollow stems with different diameters, providing lots of holes for the bees. Pack these together inside a frame and once complete, place the bee hotel on a sunny wall which is sheltered from rain. If bees lay eggs in the bee hotel, young bees will emerge the following year!

If you’d rather buy a pre-made one, we love these fruity houses from Panacea.

Plant some wildflowers

Wildflowers have declined dramatically in the British countryside along with the bees and butterflies that relied on them, so bringing them back to your garden is a great idea to attract wildlife back. Planting wild flowers is easy provided you chose an area where the soil is poor;  fertiliser and compost will simply encourage vigorous grass and weeds which smother them, so be careful when planting.

Get started with our Mini Meadow Easy Sow Mix.