Create an Eco and Wildlife Friendly and Garden

An eco and wildlife friendly garden is all about working with nature, not against it. It’s important to choose the right type of landscaping materials and plants to create a low maintenance garden that will encourage native wildlife such as birds, beneficial insects and small mammals.

Design and Landscape

  • Natural materials
  • Flowering plants to encourage pollinators
  • Use recycled materials – reclaimed sleepers to create borders and raised beds. Tin baths and buckets as planters (make sure you drill drainage holes before planting).
  • Areas to attract wildlife e.g. rockeries, log piles, hedgehog boxes, "bug hotels", water features, bird boxes, compost area
  • Gravel gardens (a great option for a low maintenance garden)
  • Create a gravel garden for drainage
  • Use drought tolerant plants
  • Plant trees to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Have a system to collect rain water in place

Which plants to use?

  • Use drought tolerant plants
  • Plants to attract pollinators and wildlife – choose berry producing plants and trees such as Hawthorn. Plants with ‘open faces’ and bright blooms for bees.
  • Plant Trees – a single tree (up to the age of 40yrs old) can absorb 21kg of carbon emissions.
  • Use hedging to create screening as this will provide shelter for birds and nesting sites.
  • Don’t forget about spring flowering plants – these also provide a good source of nectar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Rosemary, the late and long flowering Verbena bonariensis and flowing Stipa tenuissima grasses with Alliums. 

Things to avoid

  • Peat compost – digging up peat bogs causes devastation for natural landscapes and native wildlife. However, there are sustainable alternatives available. Here at the Big Plant Nursery we stock New Horizon Peat Free Multi-purpose compost.
  • Artificial materials

Design and Build by Creative Landscape Co at the Big Plant Nursery

For larger projects, our Creative Landscape design and build team can help you create a low maintenance gravel garden.

Contact us by email or call to discuss on Tel: 0118 934 1500