The more variety of plants you have in your garden the more animals will visit.
Go to your local bush and see how nature does it. You’ll notice a dense mix of groundcovers, shrubs, climbers and trees.
Create structure and variety in your garden. You don’t have to replicate nature exactly, but you can create a garden with different plant types and layers – from groundcovers and shrubs to a canopy of taller trees.
Don’t be afraid to cram a variety of plants in – denser plantings will bring more animals to visit and create more places for them to nest, breed, and shelter.
A backyard garden with three layers: A = canopy, B = midstorey, and C = understorey and groundcover. Growing a range of plants at different heights creates different layers and structures in your garden, which enhances biodiversity and supports native wildlife with food and shelter. Bird baths, insect hotels and flowering plants also help support our native wildlife. 1 = mature tree, 2 = dense shrub, 3 = insect hotel, 4 = flowers, bees and butterflies, 5 = mulch leaf litter, 6 = frog pond, 7 = rockery and logs, 8 = nesting box, 9 = small trees. Image: Anthouse Communications