The birds and the bees

A growing number of clients are asking landscape professionals to assist them in attracting birds and insects (mainly bees) to their gardens through their choice of plants. Landscape designer and Unitec academic, Penny Cliffin, provides advice on which plants keep the birds and bees happy

Clients’ desire to support bees and insects in their gardens vary – some may want to ensure their fruit and veges are pollinated, while others may be concerned about the decline in bee populations around the world due to pesticides, disease and loss of habitat.

No matter the reason, I suggest considering all garden plant types, starting with the structural framework of trees, then shrubs, climbers, perennials and herbs.

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