The small garden and wildlife.
If you like the idea of a wildlife garden, but only have a tiny space, here are a few ideas to help:-
- Consider walls where you can incorporate planting. There are many wildflowers that enjoy growing in cracks and crevices. These include Ivy-leaved Toad-flax and Red Valerian.
- Red Valerian, in particular, grows easily from walls and has tall stems. It’s a good source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and moths.
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth enjoys the nectar of Red Valerian.
- Violets grow easily between cracks in paving. Thyme will also happily grow through the cracks on a path. It has attractive leaves and produces pale mauve flowers that attract bees.
- Plant a small gravel area with nectar providing plant like Scabious. Many flowers considered suitable for rock gardens will grow well but not all offer much pollen or nectar to hungry insects and be aware that flowers with tunnel-like petals can be too long or narrow for bees to feed from.
- Use a window box on your house or shed for flowers such as Lavender or Marjoram as these will feed butterflies. Try Night-scented Stocks and Tobacco plants to attract moths.
Window box on summerhouse.
Kim Mackenzy Andrews is a writer, artist, photographer and all-round creative person.
Kim Mackenzy Andrews