There is nothing quite as peaceful and calming, yet as vibrantly alive, as visiting a wildlife garden. If you are lucky enough to have one in your back yard or neighborhood, you know what I mean. The busy activity of birds, butterflies, bees and pollinators amid the color and texture of the native plants is mesmerizing. Wildlife gardens can be shady, sunny, wet or dry.
The key is that they contain native plants suited to the site. That means we plant the right plant in the right place. Why native plants? Native plants are best suited to supporting our native insects. That’s because ninety percent of our native insects are specialists and can only eat a particular native plant or family of native plants that they have evolved with over time, and I’m talking about a long, long time!