Before becoming interested in gardens and horticulture, I was interested in wildlife. Our gardens are true havens for insects, birds and animals, and it is important that we do not upset the balance. This certainly does not mean that we need to let our gardens get overgrown and covered in weeds. I think the best we can do is create habitats and use sustainable practices to ensure balance.
I do not accept using an entirely organic approach, as I believe that some organic practices are harmful. I minimise the use of chemicals where possible, and I think this is enough to create a garden in harmony with nature.
Exotic species of plants need not be excluded from wildlife-friendly gardens. Plants such as Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) are fantastic sources of nectar, as are lavender and Hebe. I have seen birds feasting on berries on Mahonia, Cordyline (New Zealand Cabbage Tree) and Trachycarpus (Windmill Palm). There is an interdependence between garden plants and wildlife that is constantly evolving.
Please contact me if you have any wildlife garden projects.