Encourage more wildlife into your garden
Get started on creating a real ‘wildlife garden’. Improve habitats for pollinating insects like bees and butterflies and use the best plants and flowers to help attract insects into the garden. We show you how and answer common questions like what does pollinator-friendly mean?
Plant the right plants
Of course, you’re going to need to grow some bee-friendly plants. Bees and pollinators are vital for our environment and eco system so encourage them in your garden by picking the plants that pollinators love best such as salvia, meadowsweet and clematis.
Grow container displays
If you want your garden to benefit pollinating insects like bees and butterflies this container display has been planted with plants that attract wildlife and suit a garden of any size. The designs are by gardener Julia Wylie, who specialises in naturalistic planting schemes.
Splash out on the perfect home
Encourage the bees in your garden by investing in one of these brilliant bee hives. Not only do they look the part but they’re tailor made to encourage everything from solitary bees to honey bees into making your garden a go-to location. A quality bee hive will provide a lasting useful home for your garden guests year in year out.
Read up and get environmentally savvy
Do Bees Need Weeds is a great book from the RHS is a great place to start. It’s a compendium of practical and easy-to-understand advice from the RHS that will help you to garden in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways. Reviewed here by plantman John Hoyland.
Turn your garden into a wildlife haven
It’s not just bees you need to be looking after too y’know. Why not give your birds, hedgehogs and more a step up? Right now is such a crucial time for garden wildlife creatures and – with the changes to routines through lockdown – this year more than ever, they may have become particularly dependent on receiving a little extra care.