Birds, Bees and Butterfly Garden Designs
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Birds, Bees and Butterfly Garden Designs...

Create a beautiful garden to help save the planet...

Planting ideas for birds, bees and butterfly garden designs. Natural gardening ideas that look gorgeous too...

bee and butterfly garden designs



We need the cycle of nature to survive - we need plants to grow, flower and produce fruit and seeds...

...and for that we need bees to pollinate them.

Bees need a whole eco-system to survive - and it's in our own interests to provide them with what they need, to thrive, and to continue helping us to produce food.

planting for the bees and butterfly - garden design ideas



Bees are seeing a severe decline in recent years, through virus, and sudden death...

...and the worst of it is, we don't quite know why - so, we need to look to wildlife and nature in our gardens to do all we can to help them, and create bird, bee and butterfly garden designs!

Actually, it's not just bees that need our help - there are all kinds of butterflies, bees, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals in decline...

Visits to the garden by birds, butterflies, frogs, toads and animals are special - they are part of nature - and we can get so much pleasure out of encouraging them into our gardens...

How still would a garden be, without the soft, buzzing bumble of a bee, as it slowly bobs from flower to flower..?

How sterile would our lives be without bird song..?

What if we never saw that almost translucent, fairy-like flutter from a butterfly..?

How empty the world would be...

I get so much pleasure from the fact that we've had 2 bees nests in the garden this year - solitary bees, and red-tailed bumble bees...

I love watching the bumbles go about their buzzy business!

And we were thrilled to see a Hummingbird Hawk Moth at our Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) this year!

Wildlife gardening isn't all about seriousness and responsibility for nature, though - natural gardening can be fun and attractive!

Creating your own bird, bee and butterfly garden designs is very rewarding...

natural gardening ideas - great for birds bees and butterfly garden designs



Wildflower gardens can be beautiful gardens, but natural gardening and bird, bee and butterfly garden designs can actually fit into any style or design of garden....

...so if you have just a tiny corner to spare...

...or not even that, if you just want to look at how to make your existing garden more wildlife friendly, then read on for more wildlife gardening inspiration and ideas...

Natural gardening to attract Birds
Natural gardening to attract Butterflies and Bees
More Bug and Bee-Friendly Gardening Tips



Natural Gardening to Attract Birds

Birds need food, water and shelter, all of which you can provide, to attract them to your garden...

natural gardening can attract beautiful birds to your backyard


  • Food needn't be fat balls and seeds - which can also attract unwanted visitors (rats!) if you aren't careful about positioning, and clearing up debris...

    ...but can become an integral part of your garden, which is actually a really good way of doing it!

  • Trees and shrubs can provide places for birds to nest, and shelter...
  • Also trees and shrubs can provide places to perch - you can attract more birds to your garden by providing them a clear place to perch and to inspect the garden, before they decide to venture closer...
  • You can also put up bird boxes - choose a sheltered site, well out of the reach of potential predators, such as cats.
  • If you choose trees and shrubs which also have seeds and berries, these can provide food for the birds, and can also attract insects, which the birds can feed on too.
  • Try:
    • Oak
    • Cherry
    • Plum
    • Beech
    • Holly (Ilex - choose the female, with berries)
    • Ribes (Flowering currant)
    • Pyracantha
    • Cotoneaster
    • Rosa rugosa
    • Hedera (Ivy)
    • Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhaminoides)
    • Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose)
  • Flowers can also attract birds, through seeds or insects. Try sunflowers, and leave the heads on through winter, for the wildlife to enjoy.
  • Birds enjoy some water - to drink and to splash-about it, too. If you have a pond with a shallow area, that's ideal, otherwise, a simple bird-bath will be ebough.
  • Leave seedheads and foliage on plants over Winter - for birds to eat and shelter in.
  • Old twigs and grasses can also become nest-building materials.
  • Try leaving out clumps of wool, or even fastening pet-hair from brushing sessions, into bushes and shrubs, so that birds can find it, and build it into their nests.

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Natural Gardening to attract Butterflies and Bees

Bee and Butterfly garden designs...

Butterflies and bees are both attracted to nectar-rich flowers - and are a beautiful accompaniment to your garden - and so wonderful to watch!

How to create your own bee and butterfly garden designs...

Butterflies and bees enjoy many of the same flowers - any nectar will do, actually, it doesn't have to be a specific kind...

...so wild flower gardening will help create bee or butterfly garden designs, just as much as cottage gardening, or any other flowery garden styles.

flowers are essential for bee and butterfly garden designs





Bee and butterfly garden designs should concentrate on:

  • Planting flowers in sunny spots
  • Planting more 'old-fashioned' and traditional types of flowers - by this I mean 'single', or open-centered, flowers, rather than highly-bred 'double' or 'multi' flowers, which have so many petals that the butterflies and bees can't physically get near the nectar!

    Take a look at these 2 photos, both showing a camellia flower....

    First the Double flowered Camellia - the butterfly or bee has no chance of getting close to the nectar - if it even realises it's there!

    (Many double flowered or multi flowered plants actually have very little, or no, nectar, in any case!

    This is because they've been bred for show, not for their nectar output - which is what natural flowers aim for in their life, to attract bees to pollinate for them.)

    a double camellia - double flowers and multi flowers aren't the best choice for your bee and butterfly garden designs



    Then compare this with a more traditional Single flowered Camellia - here the nectar is right on display, and can easily be seen/smelt and reached by butterflies, bees and other insects....

    a single camellia - look at all that nectar - and it's easy to get to - that's what you want for bee and butterfly garden designs



    So, for the most effective bee and butterfly garden designs, look out for flowers where you can see the nectar-filled center, especially.

    Also look at...

  • Avoiding pesticides!
  • Providing water, and moisture, for butterflies and bees to drink
  • Plant so there are flowers through as long a season as possible.

    Honey bees are active from late winter, right through to Autumn, so having a design which flowers throughout the whole season is very useful to bees.

    For early flowering:

    • Snowdrops
    • Crocus
    • Daphnes
    • Hellebores
    • Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)

    Michaelmas daisies are perfect for your bee and butterfly garden designs through late Summer and Autumn



    For late flowering:

    • Michaelmas Daisies (Aster novae angliae - see picture, above)
    • Sow Phacelia tanecetifolia in late August/September for Autumnal flowering
  • Plant blues and yellows, white and pastel flowers, to attract bees
  • Plant pastel colors - especially purple, pink, lilac and white to attract butterflies
  • Wild flower gardening and cottage gardening have all the best flowers for attracting butterflies and bees...

    ...but there's lots of choice, and you can use any flower that's rich in nectar for your bee and butterfly garden designs, so I'm sure there'll be a good selection to suit your own garden style.

Best Flowers for Bee and Butterfly Garden Designs

  • Buddleya davidii - top plant for butterflies - commonly called the 'Butterfly Bush'. White varieties are thought to be the most attractive to bees.
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Hebe
  • Sedum spectabile
  • Centranthus ruber (Valerian)
  • Mint (Mentha)
  • Marjoram/Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • White Dead Nettle (Lamium album)
  • Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
  • Scabious (Scabiosa)
  • Achillea
  • Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) (considered as 'invasive' in some parts of the USA)
  • Aquilegia
  • Alliums
  • Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Roses (Rosa) (Choose single-flowered species)
  • Red Campion (Silene dioica)
  • Salvia
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
  • White and Red Clover (Trifolium repens and Trifolium pratense)
  • Lupin (Lupinus)
  • Poppies (all kinds)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
  • Borage (Borago officinalis)
  • Bramble/Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)
  • Heathers (Calluna, Erica)
  • Delphinium
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • Vipers Bugloss (Echium vulgare - a top plant for bumble bees - I have this on my allotment)
  • Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
  • Camassia
  • Rowan tree (Sorbus)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Echinachea purpurea
  • Geum
  • Primula veris

Looking after the Caterpillars!

If you want to look after the butterflies, you'll need to provide a little extra help for caterpillars in your butterfly garden designs:

  • An undisturbed spot for the chrysalis to over-winter - a 'wildlife corner' with nettles and brambles is a good choice.
  • Something for the caterpillars to eat:
    • Nettles
    • Brambles
    • Hawthorn
    • Ivy
    • Nasturtium
    • Verbascum
    • Lady's Smock/Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis)
    • Honesty (Lunaria)
    • Violets
    • Bird's Foot Trefoil




More Bug and Bee-Friendly Gardening Tips

Also think about providing somewhere for bees to nest - a wild, undisturned corner can provide lots of little nooks and crannies...

Or create a bee hotel, like this one...

  • Use short lengths of bamboo cane, fastened together
  • Or, drill holes in a block of wood

NOTE: These bee hotels are used for solitary bees, which are gentle, non-agressive bees, who live singly, in small groups - not honey bees.

Bug Houses and Hotels

Also think about providing similar homes for bugs and ladybirds/ladybugs.

A ladybird/ladybug can get rid of 5,000 aphids per year, so they are well worth encouraging into your garden.

Hedgehogs, Frogs and Toads

Also encourage frogs, toads and hedgehogs into your garden to eat slugs and snails for you...

Bat Houses

You can also get little houses for bats - we get lots of bats flying around our house, although I'm not sure where they actually live - it's wonderful to watch them swoop and dive - we see them most evenings!

A bat house can help attract them to come and live in your garden....

Also take a look on eBay for all kinds of weird and wonderful products to help you to attract wildlife into your garden...

This is live feed, direct from eBay - and is constantly updated - simply click on any product for more information, or to bid or buy...

If any of the eBay auction products, or Amazon products above interest you, please support my website by using the links on this page to buy.

The price to you is always the same, but I will earn a small commission.

This allows me to continue to provide you with the information on this website, all for free.

Thanks for your continued support :)

Planting for birds, bees and butterfly garden designs can really make your garden come to life - with beautiful flowers, berries and a variety of trees and shrubs, your garden can look gorgeous and attract wildlife too...

All you have to do now, is sit back, watch and enjoy!

Don't forget to check out the rest of our natural gardening hints and tips for more wildlife friendly ideas for your garden.

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