The client wanted a Wildlife garden to be both beautiful yet inviting to insects and birds. The design needed to be attractive to look at whilst including features that would appeal to wildlife.

 

Two key elements of the design dictate the layout of the garden. The main deck is situated in the sunniest area of the garden so the client can enjoy the sun into the late evening during the summer. The view from the doors looks out along a narrow path to a feature wall, which acts as the focal point. This path divides the garden into two main areas.

One area is more formal and includes the main dining area, situated on a  slightly raised deck. There is also a rectangular lawn, somewhere for the children to play.

In contrast, the remaining areas of the garden are more informal with a small kitchen garden and wildflower meadow.

 

The Bug Hotel

A wildlife garden would not be a wildlife garden without a bug hotel. We created a feature wall using decking for the main structure. Within the ‘shelves’ we inserted logs left over from taking out five large conifers. Along with numerous blocks of wood with holes drilled in different sizes and pine cones.  These holes are intended for use by solitary bees.

 

So we had the insect accommodation, now all we needed was their food. We gave up space that could have been lawn to become a wildflower meadow, providing nectar for the bees and other flying insects.

 

Kitchen Garden

Although not a large garden , we managed to squeeze in a small kitchen garden. Two timber raised beds provide space for growing fruit and vegetables. Black metal obelisks decorate the beds and allow climbing space for sweet peas.

 

Large planting borders finish the design, with silver birch used for height and winter structure. A mix of herbaceous of perennials that flower throughout the year ensure there is a plentiful supply of nectar almost all year round.

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