I am passionate about creating beautiful and inventive designs for sustainable gardens and am fascinated by the various ways in which we can all make our gardens more Eco-friendly.
The simplest way to do this is to choose plants that are good for bees and butterflies such as Lavender and Buddleja. Planting either of these plants in your garden will make a difference straight away.
Another simple way of being more environmentally friendly in your garden is to use native plants as they support a much wider range of insects which in turn attracts wildlife.
Using reclaimed and recyclable materials to construct the hard landscaping such as paths and seating areas in your garden is another simple but effective way of reducing the impact of your new garden on the environment.
Thinking about how to manage rain water run off in your garden is important and can be done in many ways. I am very interested in designing rain gardens that collect the water and make a feature of diverting it to an area where it can be released into a pond or safely absorbed into the ground where carefully chosen plants can help to soak it up and disperse it.
Green roofs are a striking way of making your outbuildings more environmentally friendly by increasing the surface area of plants in your garden and helping to absorb rainwater. It is important to choose plants that are suited to these conditions as it can be quite hot and dry on a roof in the summer.
Bug houses are great for the ecology of your garden and can be fun to make yourselves or get the children involved. They can be made in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes can be quite sculptural.
Creating areas for wildflowers in your garden is a great way of helping the declining bee population in Britain. A lot of the country’s wild flower meadows have been lost in recent years and bees have been struggling as a result. Even if you don’t have space for a wildflower meadow you could devote a small area in your garden to it and you’ll be amazed by all the insects it attracts.
If you are having your garden redesigned completely you can try to reuse materials where possible and keep all the soil on site so if you have a pond dug that soil can be used in a raised bed, reducing both the environmental and financial cost of disposal.
Being Eco-friendly and creating a sustainable design for your garden can be as simple or complex as you like. Gardens play a vital role in supporting wildlife as natural habitats in the wild are being lost. If you only did one of the things mentioned in this blog it would make a positive difference to the environment.