To help you make your garden a haven for wildlife, try planting any (or all) of these plants. Our top 5 plants for wildlife are evergreens, providing covered shelter for birds and small animals during the cold winter months and when used as hedging, provide dense cover for nesting wildlife. Our best plants for wildlife tend to have very fragrant flowers, attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators as well as producing berries which provide a tasty treat for birds and small animals.
1. Star Jasmine
The variety Trachelospermum Jasminoides (or star jasmine) is an evergreen climbing jasmine with a truly intoxicating fragrance when it flowers, generally from June to September. It has rich green foliage that turns red in winter and produces white flowers. Star jasmine is easy to grow and perfect against brick walls and fences.
With its fragrant white flowers that are rich in nectar, Trachelospermum Jasminoides attracts pollinating wildlife, such as wild honey bees and butterflies. Buy online: Trachelospermum Jasminoides
2. Osmanthus Heterophyllus Gulftide
Also known as Holly olive, Chinese holly or false holly, Osmanthus Heterophyllus is an evergreen shrub, with dark green spiky leaves not dissimilar to the holly plant and small white flowers which it produces in late Autumn, usually followed by blue berries.
An Osmanthus Heterophyllus Gulftide hedge provides a year round home to wildlife and is ideal for nesting birds. It’s very fragrant flowers attract bees, butterflies, hover flies and other pollinators. Its blue berries are loved by the birds and much needed in November. Buy Osmanthus Heterophyllus Gulftide from our website.
3. Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia
Common names include Portuguese Laurel or Portugal Laurel, Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia is an evergreen shrub with fragrant white flowers from June to August, followed by berries that are adored by the birds. Prunus Lusitanica is ideal as an ornamental shrub or works very well as a dense hedge, which is ideal for nesting wildlife. Buy online Prunus Lusitanica Angustifolia
4. Feijoa Sellowiana
Feijoa Sellowiana (Pineapple Guava or Acca Sellowiana) is an evergreen shrub with silver green leaves and spectacular pink & red flowers in early summer. Feijoa Sellowiana produces guava-like fruits that birds love. Buy online Feijoa Sellowiana
5. Magnolia Sieboldii
Common names include Oyama Magnolia or Siebold’s Magnolia. In addition to making a very attractive ornamental tree, we selected the Magnolia Sieboldii due to its highly fragrant and eye-catching white flowers, which are high in nectar and attract bees and other pollinators. Magnolia Sieboldii blooms in summer. Buy online Magnolia Sieboldii