A near-natural garden provides habitats for a variety of animals. A natural garden consists largely of native wild plants and relies on a near-natural design. Plant stems, for example, are left standing and the woody plants are allowed to retain their natural shape to a large extent, so that they provide food and nesting space. In addition, there is as little plastic as possible in the natural garden. In this way, the natural garden protects the environment and is home to many native wild plants and animals.
Wild bees, bumblebees and butterflies find food in insect-friendly perennials such as stonecrop, catmint, ox tongue, pasque flower or mullein. Spices such as thyme, rosemary and sage are also an excellent addition.
A colourful wildflower meadow is not only pleasing to the eye, but also to insects, caterpillars and beetles. Here, care should be taken to use native varieties. Here you will find, for example, corn poppy, cornflower, glueweed, daisies, marguerites, common piglet weed, meadow bluebells, meadow sorrel, red clover, horned clover, common sharpshank, viper 's bugloss or wild carrot.
The Sal willow as well as fruit trees and berry bush es are another great added value for your garden and the animals. With a hedge of hawthorn or wild roses you create a living garden fence where songbirds nest and seek shelter.
You can design a nature garden according to your own individual taste. Of course you can invest a lot of time and work, but you can also achieve a lot with small measures.
Insect hotels, nesting boxes, hedgehog houses as well as woody plants or leaf litter provide suitable shelter for the animals. Just leave a pile of deadwood and observe how many animals cavort here.
Dry stone walls also provide a suitable shelter for various animal species, such as the sand lizard, but also toads and bumblebees. Birds find food here. Wall gap plants, such as sand carnations and heath carnations, can also be planted here excellently.
A garden pond is not only an idyllic element in your garden, but also improves the microclimate and provides a habitat for insects, amphibians, lizards and birds.
Even with small steps you can reach your goal:
And if you want more:
Want to learn more? Then read the interview with NABU Münster's nature garden group!
You want to turn your garden into a nature garden, but don't know how? In Münsterland there are many experts who deal with this topic. One of them is the garden and landscape builder Werner Krzizok.
Garten-und Landschaftsbau Everswinkel
Phone: 02582 - 1784
Nabu brochure: Gartenlust - For More Nature in the Garden
Brochure of the Nature and Environmental Protection Academy NRW: Nature Garden in Practice
Flyer of the Nature and Environmental Protection Academy NRW: Flowering diversity in the front garden