Ideas to at­tract wildlife into your gar­den

Ev­ery gar­den, no mat­ter how small, can be­come a haven for wildlife, says Adri­enne Wild

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Bee ap­peal

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.

But­ter­fly feasts

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

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