Selecting wildlife friendly perennials

more formal or tidier than a cornfield patch and suits wildlife

we advise and construct | you and wildlife enjoy

A project Welcome Wildlife can do for you - a good 'doubling up'

1 - design, prepare and plant suitable, selected perennials

  • suitable for any garden where there is a sunny or slightly shaded spot
  • perennial beds look like 'normal' flower beds and are less 'wild' in appearance than the cornfield patch
  • the choice can be made for those plants suiting dry or moist conditions
  • choose colours and relative heights, although many of the best for wildlife are yellow, white or mauve
  • perennials re-appear year after year (by definition) - initial purchase price can be high - but they last for years
  • pollinators and butterflies are attracted

What benefits?

Pollinators
bumble bee on coneflower
honey bees, solitary bees and hoverflies enjoy the flowers.   Perennials need to be selected so there is 'rotation' of the flowers through the season
Butterflies
meadow-brown butterfly on ex-eye daisy
carefully selected perennials with accessable flowers attract butterflies. This means simple, usually open flowers or flowers consisting of numerous floret

What Welcome Wildlife offers

  • design, prepare and plant one or more perennial beds designed to attract wildlife
    • with easy to grow, good 'starter' perennials
    • consideration of relative heights
    • consideration of colours
    • consideration of the flowering season
    • consideration as to how tolerant the plants are to light shade (except for foxgloves, most do best in sun)

  • application of bark top-dressing to
    • make weeding easier
    • retain moisture and...
    • make the bed look more attractive during winter and early spring

Perennials and pollinators - some background