The Wildlife Friendly Garden
This garden was designed for a couple of keen gardeners in their thirties, who wished to provide a variety of habitats in their garden to attract wildlife. Water is one of the most valuable environments for wildlife in a garden, so I have provided a good sized pond, with some of the edges ‘soft’ to make it easy for wildlife to get in and out of. The bog garden provides additional space for wildlife as well as an environment for growing a variety of interesting plants, such as candelabra primulas (Primula japonica), Rodgersia aesculifolia, Ligularia przewalskii, Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’ and Gunnera manicata.
There is a woodland edge area along the north side of the garden, with many native small trees and shrubs (including Corylus avellana (Hazel), Malus sylvestris (crab apple), Viburnum opulus (guelder rose), Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan), Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)) and wild flowers, with berries for the birds and blossom for insects, as well as cover for other wildlife.
I have put in a wildflower meadow to attract bees and other insects into the garden and the borders and pergola are filled with simple, nectar-rich flowers (including Rosa canina (dog rose), and Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle)), that will attract further wildlife into the garden.
There is a pleasant place to sit and eat, close to the water, which can be reached via a walk through the willdflower meadow and pergola. I have also placed a bench next to the water and a stepping stone path through the woodland edge. Designed with wildlife in mind, this garden also provides a beautiful, endlessly fascinating and practical environment for its human occupants.