Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and really looking forward to chatting to like-minded folks who love birds and other wildlife. I discovered the concept of gardening for wildlife (I wish I had done sooner!) and I'm trying to make my small suburban garden as useful to wildlife as possible. I have some shrubs which have very little value but removing them would be difficult so I thought I'd try growing some flowering climbers through them and I'm hoping to get some advice. Has anybody tried that with success and could recommend good varieties? The worst waste of space are a pink hydrangea and a lemon cypress. Then I have a couple of large choisyas and a Japanese aralia (fatsia japonica). The dark choisya is moderately attractive to pollinators when in flower in spring but for the rest of the year it doesn't contribute much. Aralia is supposed to be good for late season nectar but I've never seen any insects on it and it's also huge. I've done some research on clematis and am thinking of trying some alpinas, recta and heracleifolia, maybe something else. Will it work?
Hello Hazel, many thanks for the advice and the links. I do have a crab apple (thinking of planting another tree but must remember that they do grow :), bird bath, some good perennials and annual seeds. I just wish I had a bigger garden and that's why I want to maximise the space with the climbers. Anyway, I'll be spending some time browsing the links you sent and the rest of the site. I'm sure that will give me too many ideas for the space I have available! Oh, it's going to be a busy spring and summer...
Hope to hear from you soon Ania, as long as the plants and climbers do not swallow you up!!
Thank you all for a warm welcome and the advice. I bought lots of plants today. I already have some ivy and honeysuckle growing on the fence (too slowly, or am I just impatient? ;) and clematis montana on the shed (this one pretty fast). For growing through the shrubs I wanted something smaller so as not to overwhelm them. I bought some bee-friendly clematis varieties and perennial sweet peas. I think I got a bit carried away so if you don't hear from me that means I got entangled in the jungle of climbers :)
Hello Ania and welcome from me up in the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. You have been given good ideas for flower, climber etc. Ones I can think of is Rugosa Rose, white or pink and has a lovely scent and big seed pods, foxgloves or lupins are quick to grow and are good for the bees, budlea, the link will help give you ideas as well. Enjoy here and any questions just ask, there will always be someone on hand to help.
Hi Ania, welcome, very quick post just now but definitely plant some Clematis, Honeysuckle & Jasmine as soon as you can, they all love scrambling through shrubs/ trees & will provide much needed nectar plus give you something beautiful to look at!
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