Preside over your own little garden ecosystem!

Preside over your own little garden ecosystem!

Keen gardeners usually enjoy a pretty positive relationship with nature. They landscape their gardens with a view to showing off just what the plant world is capable of achieving given a bit of educated nurturing and the perfect conditions in which to thrive.

Of course, gardens repay their owners in full for the time and effort they put in. A garden that is planned out, maintained and then given time and space to grow is likely to turn into the ideal space for relaxing.

Gardens provide atmosphere and beauty in return for a bit of plant research and elbow grease!

It’s all about atmosphere

In the summer, this relationship between gardeners and nature is at its most visible. This is because British wildlife is generally at its most active during the summer months. This is obviously good news for homemakers because it means the atmosphere in the garden is at its best when there is a little hiatus in the hard work it takes to maintain a lush garden.

All garden duties except watering can be suspended when the sun comes out for an extended period and gardeners can down tools in favour of sitting out on their garden furniture and taking in the smells, sounds and sights of summer.

The value of local fauna

The flora usually take care of the visual beauty and rich scent of a summer garden. However, it’s important to remember how much the fauna contribute to the atmosphere with regard to sound and activity.

Encouraging wildlife is something gardeners are in the perfect position to achieve through plant selection and landscaping. The trick is to start small.

Encouraging bugs to thrive in the garden might not seem like everyone’s cup of tea, but it matters a great deal as far as conservation at home and the atmosphere of the garden are concerned. That’s why it’s wise to plant plenty of flowering plants that will attract bees.

Bee-friendly plant selection

A lot has been made lately of the fact that bees are in decline and homeowners can help spur their revival with their plant selection. The following summer species are favourites among bee populations and are generally readily available at garden centres:

  • Aquilegia
  • Astilbe
  • Everlasting sweet pea
  • Foxglove
  • Geranium
  • Verbascum
  • Aster
  • Buddleia
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Heather
  • Ivy
  • Sedum

Butterflies are also drawn to flowering plants and they really add to the atmosphere in a summer garden. Including a wildflower section in your garden is great for insects and you can situate it away from your garden seating if you don’t fancy any close encounters!

Your very own ecosystem!

Encouraging bugs is a good way to ensure that other animal groups have things to feed on, thereby setting up a kind of ecosystem of your very own. Frogs, toads, birds of various species, hedgehogs and small mammals like squirrels are likely to use the garden for nesting or feeding. You can give them extra incentive by introducing garden accessories and ornaments like bird baths, bird feeders and water features.

Garden wildlife will take every opportunity to move from garden to garden and they will pass through your outdoor spaces as they explore the surrounding area, so it’s a good idea to make holes in fences to facilitate this movement.

Read up on the plant species loved by British bugs, plan your garden with care and then simply take to your sun lounger to enjoy the fragrant and lively atmosphere around you!

Ray Cooper found that a little bit of extra reading he was able to make his garden a haven for birds, bees and butterflies. After introducing a few items of garden furniture from www.gardensandhomesdirect.co.uk and a summerhouse from York Timber Products, he was free to enjoy the results.

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