We planted the Nectar Bar in autumn, with flowers such as buddleias, asters and sedums, to attract insects later in the season.
The perfect lawn may please the gardener, but is a desert for insects. So in front of the Bar we laid a strip of wildlife turf, which is enriched with dozens of wildflowers and nine different types of grass. We'll grow it long, then cut it, as we do the wildflower meadow, just twice a year.
Behind the Bar, we planted a mixed hedge of native species, which, as well as producing nectar, will shelter the plants and insects and provide nesting cover for the birds.