Turn Your Garden Into A Living Landscape

By making your garden environmentally-friendly, you can help to preserve the beautiful and fascinating natural world around you. Plenty of insects, birds, and other creatures are in danger due to land development and it is becoming a concern to naturalists and amateur nature-lovers alike. By making your garden friendly to wildlife, you will have the deep satisfaction of ‘doing good’ and the added bonus of creating a sanctuary of beauty for you and your family. Whether you are starting from scratch or are intending to adapt an existing garden, you will need to make a plan. A lot will depend on the size of your space, but keep in mind that there are a wide variety of features that will fit nicely into any size garden.

Bountiful Boundaries

Fences and walls provide all sorts of benefits- they allow perches for birds and perfect nooks for butterflies to make their cocoons. You can enhance their attractiveness by clothing them with vines and climbers such as Morning Glory, Cardinal Climber, Sweet Pea, and Baltic Ivy.

Birdbaths

Birdbaths are a perfect ornamental piece to bring all types of birds around your garden, enhancing the atmosphere and becoming a focal point while being immensely helpful to the birds.

Plants That Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Birds and butterflies are a little like flowers with wings. Though fleeting, their presence brings a beauty to your garden that nothing else can match. Cultivate a spot that invites them in to stay by planting Butterfly Bush, Cardinal Flower, Coral Bells, Delphiniums, Coneflowers, Foxglove and Salvia.

Water Source

Water is a vital element to your wildlife garden.  A pond is the obvious way of providing a source of water for your visiting bugs and birds, but it is not the only way.  You can simply keep a mud puddle damp in a sunny location, or fill a bucket with sand and enough water to make the sand moist.

A sunny panorama of colourful flowers animated by a variety of dancing insects and birds is an attainable dream for most Canadians whether you live downtown, in the suburbs, or in the country.  Establish a haven for wildlife in your garden and you will enjoy the lasting benefits of creating a thing of beauty while helping the natural environment.

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