Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:13
Hoping for a bit of a recommendation here....
Up on the allotment the area at the back of my shed has become a typical dumping ground and I've started to tidy this up now. The whole site is extremely rich in wildlife (including lots of fieldmice which happily share my crops!) but I'm hoping to improve my little corner even more.
At the moment I've run a bed along the back and planted a dwarf buddleia and a native honeysuckle with a few extras I'm planning to put in later such as lenten rose and primroses maybe.
I also want to plant something that will climb along the side of the shed. I want something that offers good winter cover, flowers and berries etc and that birds may be tempted to nest in, even if it's using nestboxes or pouches that I can fasten to the trellis. That side is quiet so hoping to attract nesters!
ivy is the obvious choice, but my only concern is it will grow straight through the gaps in my shed wall- being a typically cheap wooden shed theres lots of gaps where the wood slats have warped. Others I have considered are cotoneaster and pyracantha mainly because the birds seem to adore these back home
What do people think, which should I plant?
thanks for any tips