Ideas to attract wildlife into your garden
Every garden, no matter how small, can become a haven for wildlife, says Adrienne Wild
A summer garden wouldn’t be the same without the mesmerising buzzing of bees, but to make your garden appealing to these welcome visitors you need to turn your hand to organic gardening – or at least avoid spraying insecticides when the blossoms are starting to shed petals.
Most of us love butterflies. To tempt them, plant echinacea, sage, lavender, sedums, lilac, Michaelmas daisies and, of course, buddleija, also known as the ‘butterfly bush’.
In August, there are usually plenty of white,
peacock, brimstone and holly blue butterflies. Top up short feeding supplies in the garden with honey-soaked cotton wool in saucers and overripe fruits on the lawn.
In a sunny, well-draining, sheltered border, grow Verbena bonariensis. This tall, willowy perennial has bare, wand-like stems topped with tiny, lavenderblue, lightly fragrant flowers. They’re rich in nectar, with which butterflies can refuel.
You can entice wildlife with certain flowers and herbs