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Five favourites – wild plants for a new garden

Landscape designer Jack Wallington shares his five favourite wild plants for a new garden

Portrait of Jack Wallington
Jack Wallington (Photographer – Christopher Lyon Anderson)

Here are five of my favourite wild plants to grow in a colourful and trendy new wildlife friendly garden. They’re super easy to grow, flower all summer long and will attract thousands of bees, hoverflies and butterflies to your garden. In winter, seed heads look fabulous in frost and snow, plus the seeds provide food for small birds.


Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium
Achillea millefolium – Sarah Cuttle

Achillea millefolium has flat dishes of white to pale pink flowers from spring until autumn, offering wonderful horizontal structure in plantings. I love it because it’s used by a huge range of short tongue insects like butterflies and hoverflies, and it could not be easier to grow. It particularly thrives in drier soils, needing no watering in dry summer weather, in fact, all you have to do is cut back some flower stems to encourage more growth.

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