A wildlife garden (or wild garden) provides a natural habitat for many species of wildlife/animals. Wildlife gardens can be parcels of land allowed to grow naturally or created by individuals with an interest in wildlife habitats.
Gardeners will grow a wildlife garden in conjunction with their production/cash crop gardens as a means of attracting various species of wildlife to help control the pest and pollinate the flowers. Creating natural habitats that have otherwise disappeared will aid the environment as a whole providing safe places for all species of wildlife to continue to thrive.
Various wildlife gardens can include ponds for the frogs, toads, dragonflies, and birds; log piles or brush piles, which provide shelter for smaller species such as lizards. Nest/bee boxes placed in strategic locations will also benefit the grower by attracting insect eating birds and pollinating bees. Wildflowers native to the area will also attract many beneficial insects, including butterflies, which will also aid the grower with their cash crop garden.
When planting a wildlife garden the natural habitat, including native plants, should be considered. Planting should also be in accordance with the amount of sunlight each plant needs. A consideration as to whether the land is Wetland or Dryland is also needed, as both require specific plants in order to thrive.
Image Caption: A Japanese wildlife garden. Image Credit: Thinkstock