My garden is quite small. I live in Philadelphia, and my city lot is only 20? wide by 200? deep. The back garden is only 20′ x 100′. So there’s not a lot of space to work with, and I have two beautiful Plott Hounds who need to have access to part of this yard.
So, I’ve decided to focus on butterflies and hummingbirds. I’ll plant lots of butterfly host plants, especially milkweeds for Monarchs. I’ll add lots of native nectar plants to support adult butterflies from early spring through late fall.
The beauty of focusing on butterflies means that I’ll also be creating habitat for native bees and other pollinators.
And, with a plethora of caterpillars, I’ll also be inviting birds to come and visit. I’m so excited about getting started!
By creating a wildlife garden in your own small city space, you can bring the beauty of nature right to your doorstep.
First things first, choose the right plants. Not all plants are created equal when it comes to attracting wildlife. You’ll want to choose plants that will provide food, shelter and a place for wildlife to breed. Some great options include wildflowers, berry bushes, and herb gardens. Don’t forget to add a few bird feeders to the mix as well!
Next, create habitats for different types of wildlife. This can be as simple as adding a small pond for frogs, or a stack of logs for insects to breed in. If you’re short on space, consider using vertical gardening techniques like trellises or wall planters to create more habitats.
Now it’s time to get creative! Adding a few bird houses, a bee hotel, or even a butterfly house can provide additional habitats for different types of wildlife. These not only look great in your garden, but they also provide important shelter for our flying friends.
Finally, don’t forget to give your wildlife some privacy. You can do this by planting bushes and shrubs that create a natural barrier between your garden and the outside world. These plants will also provide additional habitats for insects and small animals.
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