Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wildlife Create a Wonderland for; One of the Many Good Things about Planting a Garden Is Attracting Wildlife. Hannah Stephenson Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wildlife Create a Wonderland for; One of the Many Good Things about Planting a Garden Is Attracting Wildlife. Hannah Stephenson Reports

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ATTRACTING wildlife to your garden is still on the agenda of top designers, as horticultural shows are demonstrating this year - with butterflies very much in the picture.

As certain butterfly species decline, including the High Brown Fritillary, Wood White, Duke of Burgundy and Pearl Bordered Fritillary, exhibitors at Chelsea Flower Show have been promoting plants and habitats to help them.

Show gardens displayed 'butterfly mounds' and plantings of nectar-rich, traditional annual bedding plants such as nemesia and cherry-pie plant (heliotropium) to attract hoverflies and butterflies.

A good garden might be visited by 22 species of butterfly and hundreds of different moths each year, depending on where you live. Yet three-quarters of the 59 resident butterfly species that remain in Britain are in decline, including the most common ones - the large white, small white, red admiral, peacock and small tortoiseshell.

Now PlantforLife, run by the Horticultural Trades Association to help people make the most of their gardens, has teamed up with environmental charity Butterfly Conservation to launch an awareness campaign to encourage people to attract butterflies into their garden.

Butterfly Conservation president Sir David Attenborough said earlier this year: "Almost unbelievably, much of Britain's countryside is a no-go area for many favourite butterflies. Habitat has been ploughed up or become overgrown.

Anybody who's been for a country walk recently will tell you butterflies are a rarity. Scientists fear that in some areas we're entering a post-butterfly era." The campaigners have now produced a guide, Making Your Garden Flutter, which offers tips to help preserve these creatures.

Butterflies love heavily-scented flowers, so plant Sedum spectabile and Verbena bonariensis to attract them into your garden. …

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