One of the best things about having one of our Summerhouses or Log Cabins is the fact that they have large windows that give you the perfect viewing point of your garden. We know from the images that you send in that you guys take pride in your gardens but we want to help you take it one step further by making it a wildlife sanctuary where you will see everything from butterflies to bumblebees. The best thing about this is that it won’t take any more effort then you already put into your garden.
The most important part is to incorporate trees and shrubs with flowers to make sure that all wildlife is accounted for. A large range of trees, shrubs and ‘climbers’ (fences, pergola’s and anything with a trellis – try our Karen Corner Pergola – its perfect) create a perfect environment for a range of species such as birds and insects as they create cover, food and nesting materials. Oakleaf Hydrangea is an easy plant to grow as it is a ‘hose-in-hose’ plant meaning that a flower grows from the middle of an already bloomed flower which makes it really stand out against the green leaves. The Oakleaf Hydrangea is also known as ‘Snowflake’ because of its bright white complexion but you can get other colours depending on your colour scheme.
After the bigger shrubs, trees and climbers have been added, it is time to add some flowers into the mix. Flowers are vital for the future of both bees and butterflies as they add essential nectar and pollen for birds, butterflies and other insects. When looking at plants, you want to look at plants that provide both pollen and nectar for as long as possible such as Monarda Didyma (known as bee balm), Lavandula Angustfolia (known as English Lavender) and Trifolium repens (Known as white clover). These will not only help secure the future for bees and insects but will also add vibrant colours to your garden that look great all year round. If you want to go one step further, you should plant nocturnal blooming flowers that attract moths, butterflies and bats. The best flowers for this are large, tubular flowers such as Datura (known as thorn apple), Nicotiana (known as lime green), Ipomoea (morning glories) and Mirabilis Jalapa (Four-o-clock).
If you want to attract even more than insects and birds then water is a must. If you are willing to, you should dig and pond but container ponds are becoming more common amongst gardeners now. If left fish free, the pond will attract a range of wildlife including frogs, dragonflies and even hedgehogs (believe it or not, they like to swim). Of course, you will need to research further into ponds to make sure you know exactly what to put into your pond to attract different wildlife (i.e frogs like algae filled ponds and hedgehogs won’t enter a pond without a ramp).
Your wildlife garden will now be attracting a large amount of wildlife and will look stunning with all the colours coming into bloom. Now I’ll tell you something that may shock you: Don’t be too tidy! I know this seems like a unthinkable idea after you have put so much work into it but things like long grass, twig debris and piles of leaves provide food and shelter for many species who like to be hid away and safe. In a shady spot, possibly around a tree, leave a pile of dead wood. The dead wood will attract stag beetles, bark beetles, grub beetles and various types of fungi. In addition to this, it also provides hibernation sites for hedgehogs, foxes and even badgers.
Have fun with your garden and, when you are finished, you will have hours of fun watching your garden come alive.