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Wildlife Gardening in July: Attract Pollinators, Caterpillars, and More

by Gregory
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Wildlife Gardening in July

Attract Pollinators and Caterpillars

July is a great time to attract pollinators and caterpillars to your garden. Flowering plants provide nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies, while leaves offer a meal for caterpillars. This is an essential part of the garden food chain.

Plants for Pollinators

Some of the best plants for pollinators include:

  • Lavender
  • Sunflowers
  • Honeysuckle
  • Buddleia
  • Herbs (such as chives, oregano, and thyme)

Plants for Caterpillars

Many butterflies start their lives as caterpillars, and many of the most colorful butterfly species that visit your garden have caterpillars that feed on nettles. Growing a patch of nettles in a sunny part of the garden can attract a variety of species.

Other Wildlife-Friendly Plants

Other plants that can help wildlife include:

  • Roses (for leafcutter bees)
  • Hairy-leaved plants like lambs’ ear and red campion (for wool carder bees)

Creating a Wildlife Haven

To create a haven for wildlife in your garden, consider the following tips:

  • Plant a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the year.
  • Leave some flowers to seed to provide food for birds.
  • Grow a patch of nettles to attract caterpillars.
  • Provide nesting material for bees and other insects.
  • Avoid using pesticides and herbicides.

By following these tips, you can create a beautiful and wildlife-friendly garden that will be enjoyed by all.

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