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Hedera helix 'Arborescens' - Hedera helix 'Goldheart'Hedera helix

Hedera (Ivy).
Helix varieties are a good choice for the wildlife garden because they attract a large range of insects. The leaves give shelter to overwintering butterflies and food for emerging caterpillars. The plant provides nesting sites for wrens, sparrows and blackbirds. The berries are eaten by resident birds and winter visitors. Autumn flowers supply nectar for hoverflies, holly blue and tortoiseshell butterflies.


Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' - Pink flowers in winter.Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' - White flowers in summer red berries in winter.

Winter flowering varieties attract insects at this time of year when other flowering shrubs are few and far between. Summer flowering varieties attract hoverflies and their attractive berries provide a good food source for birds.


Berberis X stenophylla - EvergreenBerberis X lologensis 'Stapehill' - Evergreen

Berberis (Barberry).
A valuable wildlife plant with stunning yellow flowers in spring. The mass of berries last well into winter and provide food for resident and visiting birds. The spiny leaves give good protection for nesting.


Clematis montana.Clermatis montana var. rubens.

Montana types soon produce a dense tangle of stems for nesting birds. 'Elizabeth' and 'Odorata' are excellent scented varieties. Macropetula and tangutica types develop attractive, fluffy seedheads which are popular with birds.


Cytisus X praecox 'Allgold'Cytisus Boskoop Ruby -  Rich ruby red

Cytisus (Broom).
A useful wildlife plant with colourful long lasting spring flowers which are excellent pollen providers.


Lavendula angustifoliaLavendula angustifolia

Lavendula (Lavender).
Evergreen summer flowering shrub with grey green aromatic foliage. The flowers are particularly attractive to meadow browns, late broods of whites and bees. Flowers going to seed are a favourite of goldfinches.


Buddleia davidii

Shrubs grown for their beautiful fragrant summer flowers, particularly attractive to red admirals, brimstones, commas, tortoiseshells, whites and peacocks.


Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'

Lonicera (Honeysuckle).
Many varieties are useful for their fragrance, nectar and berries particularly periclymenun 'Belgica' and 'Serotina'. Fragrantissima and standishii are winter flowering varieties. The fragrant flowers attract hawkmoths and bees. The stems provide popular nesting sites and the bark is taken by birds for nest building. Autumn berries are eaten by birds.


Sedum spectabile

Spectabile varieties have lovely pink, crimson or purple flowers in autumn. Most insects flock to the flowers in search of nectar. Later, the seedheads will be flocked by goldfinches. Earlier in the year, the bracts around the stem form a water reservoir which attracts insects and small birds. 


Chaenomeles speciosa.

Chaenomeles (Flowering quince).
Autumn fruiting quinces are popular after fruit-fall by ground feeding birds. The red, pink or white spring flowers attract bees and butterflies.


Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column'Pyracantha 'Orange Glow'Pyracantha 'Soleil d'Or'
Pyracantha (Firethorn).
Evergreen summer flowering shrubs grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits. Clusters of small white flowers appear in early summer followed by orange, red or yellow fruits. Birds often choose red first through orange to yellow.


Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' - FemaleIlex aquifolium 'J.C. vanTol' - FemaleIlex aquifolium goudbont

Ilex (Holly).
Evergreen shrub grown for their foliage and fruits. An excellent habitat for nesting birds because of the protection against predators. The berries provide food for resident birds, visiting fieldfares and redwings.


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