If you already have an established garden you’re halfway there, just by adding a few indigenous plants (when possible!), bird baths, bug hotels and nesting boxes wildlife will soon find your garden extremely inviting!
You will also be creating a haven for pollinators in the eco-system, and a healthy environment.
Avoid pesticides, which may be difficult at first, but, eventually, nature will create a balance between insects and their natural predators.
Ideal plants to attract wildlife, some of which you may already have, or could add in the future, are: Calendula, Borage, Vygies, Karee, Fuschias, Geraniums, Rosemary, Linaria, Sage, Scabiosa, Sunflowers, Thyme, Cosmos, White Alyssum, Lavender, Agapanthus, Buddlija, and Bottlebrush. These will attract bees, who love scented flowers, in yellow, blue, white, purple and violet colours.
Butterflies flock to Salvias, Foxglove, Verbenas, Gazanias, Lobelia, Daisies, Marigolds, Lavender, Bottlebrush, Zinnias, Buddlija and Cape Honeysuckle.
To encourage birds that feast on nectar, berries, fruits and seeds plant plenty of these tempting plants and you will soon see birds visiting your garden!
Red Hot Pokers, Strelitzias, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Cape Lilac, Acacia, Tamarisk, Cosmos and grasses will all provide a delicious welcome meal. Birds will also keep butterfly caterpillars in check, avoiding too much damage to your plants!
A bug hotel is easily made from tying together short lengths of bamboo, hung in a quiet, shady corner of the garden. It will provide shelter for ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bumble bees. If you are feeling adventurous a larger bug hotel can be made by using or making a small/medium wood box, with compartments containing short bamboo sticks, twigs, leaves, pine cones and wood chips.
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.