Where the wild things are…

Where the wild things are…

Transform your garden into a wildlife wonderland with our green-fingered suggestions

Transform your garden into a wildlife wonderland with our green-fingered suggestions

Nature needs our help more than ever, especially with the bee population declining at an alarming rate.

But by making a few changes, you could welcome wildflowers, bees, butterflies, birds and woodland creatures into your back garden.

Not only will you be helping out the flora and fauna, but you’ll be bringing the beauty of spring right to your doorstep.

And you can welcome the sweet smell of wildflowers into your home too, with Lenor’s new sumptuous fragrance, Wild Flower Bloom. Add a capful to your wash and your laundry will smell as divine as your garden.

So without further ado, here’s how to make your new, nature-friendly patch…

Say no to the mow

Hate mowing the lawn? Then don’t! If you let your grass grow, you’ll be amazed at the abundance of wildflowers that can grow with it.

Wildflowers provide food and shelter for a host of insects, including bees, butterflies, ladybirds and caterpillars. Then, pretty soon, hedgehogs and other small animals will be attracted by the veritable bug buffet.

If you can’t quite face the idea of letting your whole lawn go wild, pick a patch or two in open, sunny spots and leave them to become mini-meadows.

Bring in berries and blossom

Blossom provides pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, plus it looks beautiful, while berries are great for attracting birds.

Shrubs such as crab apples, elders, and blackthorn and hawthorn bushes are ideal, then, as they provide both berries and blossom.

To make your garden really bee friendly, plant yellow, white, purple and blue flowers, start up a fruit and veg patch with cucumbers, strawberries and squash, and keep your herb pots outside or by an open window as a welcome mat to those lovely bumbles.

Put in a pond

Little attracts wildlife like a pond, from dragonflies to frogs – and of course you can fill it with gorgeous fish, such as koi carps.

It’s quite a job and will take two or three weekends to complete. You’ll need a large enough garden so that you can pick a nice sunny spot and not be in danger of falling in it! (If you have young grandchildren, a pond may not be a good idea at all.)

You’ll also need to consider the shape you want, the need to access to a water butt for overflow when it rains, and what plants you want to line it with.

For a step-by-step guide to building your own pond, check out wildaboutgardens.co.uk

What wildlife to you love to spot in your garden? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Wild things

Debra 28/06/2017

I love sitting on a sunny day looking at the animals and plants flowers so relaxing

Wild Life in my garden

Janet 21/06/2017

I try to encourage all wild life in my large garden. I have a pond with waterfall which attract dragon flies, birds, toads and newts. I feed the birds and squirrels daily and love to sit and watch when having breakfast and my evening meal. I have planted buddleia and other flowering shrubs to attract butterflies and insects. Hedgehogs roam the garden at dusk and I have great pleasure in watching them.

Make the Most of City Spaces

Amelie 29/05/2017

None of the houses on our street has a garden, but we all have pots outside the front doors and have bees and butterflies on the street.

Love of outdoors

Deniasha 28/05/2017

I try to encourage as much wild life, insect and free growing flowers as I can! Makes the world a much more beautiful, healthy place!

Critters

Selina 28/05/2017

Feed the squirrels and the birds for an animated garden that's always full of life x

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