Ivy is believed to have magical properties but it has also been proven to have more practical qualities for wildlife - especially in winter.
Gardens can act as important stepping stones between nature reserves and other natural habitat by offering abundant supplies of nectar for butterflies and moths. So, what about hedges...
The nectar-rich flowers of alliums will attract butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Now is the perfect time to plant them for a lovely spring display.
There should still be plenty of plants in flower in your garden, providing nectar for butterflies, moths and bees.
You might struggle to find space in your garden for any more plants at this time of year but squeezing in a couple of containers with plants to provide late summer nectar is worthwhile.
The Secret Gardener suggests some plants to add to your garden to attract moths in for Moth Night.
Many wildflowers grow well in the boggy areas surrounding the pond or on the slopes at its edge. The Secret Gardener shares some of the best species to transform your water feature into a magnet for moths and butterflies.
Fill your borders with the right plants and seeds this month and you could be rewarded with butterflies all summer long.
Take inspiration from the sixteenth century and create a butterfly-friendly feature in your garden
March sees the welcome return of life and colour to our gardens following the long, cold and this year, very wet winter.
Good-to-know gardening terms for any budding butterfly gardener
New Year means dreaded New Year resolutions. But don’t despair, why not make some very simple gardening resolutions that will provide a home for wildlife and give you hours of fun?
Mistletoe isn't just for Christmas kisses. It can provide a home and food source for the Mistletoe Marble Moth.
It is very easy to provide winter homes for wildlife in your garden – simply creating a log pile can benefit many creatures including moths.
October it is an ideal time to plant spring-flowering displays.
Less Is More For Garden Wildlife
August is the month for sitting back in the garden and enjoying the bright colours as the bees and butterflies explore the nectar-rich flower borders.
Beat the heat, look after your nectar plants!
There is still time to get planting in preparation for next month’s Big Butterfly Count.
Nettles are important foodplants for the caterpillars of several butterflies and moths. They have also been grown in herb gardens for centuries and can provide many benefits for people too.
Our "Secret Gardener" reveals their top tips on getting your garden ready for the next month ahead.