Pro-Pollinator & Anti-Pest Garden Design
Working with nature
Sharing our gardens with nature brings joy to an increasing number of gardeners. A rich diversity of plant and animal species will live happily alongside people, needing only a little helping hand from us. Discover what you can do to make your outside space a haven for wildlife
Top things to do
Encourage garden birds and provide shelter
Let a patch of lawn grow long
Make a wildlife pond
Plant a flowering tree or berry-bearing shrub
Sow a pot or border with nectar-rich annuals
Gardening for wildlife
Gardening in a way that is sympathetic to nature is good for wildlife and good for us too. From the way we tackle weeds and pests, to the management of our ponds and planted areas, we can attract nature without compromising the way our gardens look
Plants for wildlife
What's a garden without plants? No matter how big or small, from wildflowers to potted plants our gardens are becoming increasingly useful habitats for nature. Grow a wide variety of plants and you'll offer food and shelter for all sorts of wildlife
Plants for bees
Make your garden a haven for bees by planting pollen and nectar-rich flowers. Whatever your garden space this selection will help get it buzzing.
Aim to have something in flower every month of the year.
If you have room, plant a flowering tree.
Plant things you enjoy as well as the bees!
Bulbs and perennials for the flower border
Galanthus × hybridus 'Merlin'
Nepeta × faassenii
Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'
Geranium phaeum 'Rose Madder'
Aster amellus 'Gründer'
Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Berggarten'
Crocus × luteus 'Golden Yellow'
Crocus 'Ruby Giant'
Plants for birds
Choose the right plants, and you can provide food and shelter to attract a vast array of birds.
If you put out food for birds, regularly clean the feeders
A shallow watertight bowl makes a great bird bath
Create nesting sites with dense shrubs or hedges
Berrying and fruiting trees
Prunus padus 'Watereri'
Malus × zumi 'Professor Sprenger'
Plants for butterflies
There are nearly 60 species of butterfly in Britain, many to be seen in gardens. Enjoy their beauty and help support them by planting some of these butterfly favourites.
Plant a nectar-rich butterfly border in a sunny spot
Some butterflies such as red admiral enjoy over-ripe fruit in the autumn
Include a few caterpillar food plants in your mix
Spring and early summer nectar plants
Lavandula angustifolia 'Lullaby Blue'
Malus × floribunda
Erica carnea f. alba 'Winter Snow'
Lobularia maritima 'Violet Queen'
Lavandula × intermedia 'Hidcote Giant'
Centranthus ruber 'Albus'
Aubrieta 'Red Carpet'
Lobularia maritima 'Wonderland White'
Centaurea cyanus 'Dwarf Blue Midget'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve'
Cirsium rivulare 'Trevor's Felley Find' PBR
Hebe 'Pink Elephant'
Hebe × andersonii
Habitats for wildlife
As well as choosing the right plants, there are many other ways to help wildlife thrive in your garden. Whether it's simply providing food and water or letting a patch of lawn grow longer, it's easy to increase the biodiversity of your garden