You can create a wildlife corner in even the smallest garden, and it doesn’t have to be a patch of unmown grass or a scrambling scrub thicket.
A single, large container will suffice, containing plants to attract bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects. The display will provide shelter for insects to roost or hibernate, food plants for various caterpillars, and sources of nectar for pollinating insects.
We created a scheme of nectar-rich nepeta, lavenders, geranium, polemonium, salvia and achillea to support a range of pollinating insects. To make the pot absolutely irresistible we added two ‘bee hotels’ to provide nesting opportunities for solitary bees.
If you’re new to wildlife gardening or are just starting to create one, be sure to check out these six essential features of a wildlife garden.
Discover how to plant up this pretty and nectar-rich container display, below.
You will need
- A large container
- Empty yogurt pots, polystyrene packaging or crocks for drainage
- Peat-free, multi-purpose compost
- Bee hotels