Best Flowers To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

The Loveliness of the Natural English Garden

Artists for generations have tried to capture the beauty and serenity of the natural English Garden. It truly is a breath-taking sight to behold.

In the UK, these lush, natural gardens serve more than the purpose of beautifying landscapes. By adding certain types of flowers it is possible to attract birds, butterflies and bees.

bumblebee on clover flower

It is important to note that birds and bees cannot access flowers with double flower heads to access nectar and pollen.

There are approximately 53 species of butterflies throughout the UK. Bees and butterflies are disappearing at a rapid rate in the UK. This gives impetus to gardeners to plant the best flowers to attract wildlife to gardens to decrease the speed in which these beautiful creatures are disappearing!

Design a Garden to Attract Wildlife

The species of flowers that attract wildlife should be carefully planted away from areas of high human activity. Attracting bees near a conservatory might reduce the use and enjoyment of this structure so you should have a clear plan in mind and designate a specific section of your garden for wildlife.

Keep in mind that herbs can serve a dual purpose since most herbs also produce flowers that attract wildlife. Use herbal leaves and stems for teas and to accent food. Allow the flowers to return to seed for the next bumper crop to produce new crops of flowers for the next growing season.

Remember flowering plants provide seeds as they begin to fade and petals fall.

Flowers that are a Siren's Call for Wildlife

What would an English garden be without lavender and verbena? These plants are commonly known to attract butterflies. There are over 250 species of verbena to choose from in shades of purple, blue, white and pink which is perfect if you have a colour scheme in mind for your garden.

Lavender is a "must" for attracting butterflies as they find the scent irresistible and the flowers are full of the pollen and nectar they seek. Gardeners may want to plant lavender and verbena in an area of the garden with plenty of growing room as these plants can grow very large.

Buddleia is often called the "Butterfly Plant" due to its ability to attract a wide variety of butterfly species. This plant grows in long tendrils similar to lilacs and they are found in white, purple, fuchsia and yellow. Buddleia needs plenty of room to grow, similarly to lavender.

To attract birds, consider planting a Flowering Honeysuckle. When spring temperatures warm and the sun shines on flowering honeysuckle, the scent fills the garden with a light perfume birds cannot resist. After delicate white flowers disappear, small red berries have birds enjoying them for weeks.

hoverfly on wild flowers

Wild flowers have evolved alongside pollinating insects and know just how to attract butterflies and bees.  Wildflower seed heads provide food for hungry birds and are often beautiful to look at too.

Living with Birds are a leading online supplier of wild bird feed, bird feeders & other essential wildlife supplies to keep your garden visitors happy! Visit our website and read the Tweetapedia for more information on your local birds and how you can help.

Meadowmat for Birds and Bees is a preplanted mat of wildflowers that you can unroll in your garden for long lasting wildlife interest.  Find out more here

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