Nature today | Your border to a bird-friendly sea of ​​flowers

There are many misconceptions about creating boundaries. For example, you should do many things: make a design in advance, take into account how all the colors and scents will fit together, have at least five meters at your disposal, try to get a shape in it, and also buy and plant it all at once with all the costs and muscle pain it entails. You can, but it’s really not necessary. You can also make a beautiful border without green fingers. Not only pleasant to look at, but also a place where birds can find food.

Start in September with a free haircut

Do you have a bare garden where you would like to see flowers? Don’t be afraid and just move on. Except when it’s frost or high summer. The best time is autumn, in September and October, when the soil is moist and loose. But don’t hesitate to plant a cutting from the neighbor every now and then during the year. When it doesn’t freeze, it almost always does well if you give enough water. Tips for free plants: search the Internet for: “plant house” + your place of residence.”

Compost behind the click?

Is the piece of land where the border is to be built without vegetation? Then consider adding compost beforehand. Compost consists of digested leaves and flowers and can be purchased at a garden center or online. Maybe there is still a mountain of rotten leaves behind the bin? That’s okay too. Compost is food for plants, worms and other soil animals. These animals keep the soil nice and loose so your plants grow better. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice for them.

Ground cover: questions are free

Start by planting ground covers such as creeping sedge, sedge, wild strawberry, yellow dead nettle or dog’s trotter. They close the lot in no time so it is no longer unkempt and cats no longer defecate. That gives you time to set up the rest. Ground cover cuttings are super easy: just pull a piece, root and all, from the ground. Perhaps you have neighbors, relatives or colleagues with something like this in the garden? Finally ask! Lay out the stepping stones in advance if it is a deep edge. You don’t plant anything there, it makes a difference. Plant at the very back – if there is room – a bird-friendly bush, e.g. a butterfly bush, bush ivy or raspberry. So the head is off.

Tall and low plants: nothing wrong with the free approach

When you buy plants, it often states how tall they will grow. You can choose to put tall plants at the back and low ones at the front so that everyone gets their due. Or you can already plant something here and there and see what happens. There is nothing wrong with that, because many plants self-sow, so they do not stay in place. That way it stays exciting. You also use this free approach if you ask for plants for your birthday, anniversary or barbecue and have no idea what they are all about. In practice, does it seem that some plants are barely visible after a year? Then you stick out of the ground in autumn and move it forward or back.

Seed eaters, like this goldfinch, love sunflower seeds.  Leave faded flowers for them

Sun or shade in the border

Do you have a choice? So pay attention to how much sun your border gets and buy plants that make it happy. This is also often indicated by a symbol. Sunshine = more than 6 hours of sunshine, black sun = less than four hours of sunshine and half past two = something in between. Otherwise, it is planting and experimental determination. Many plants are flexible and in the worst case you will die. Also let seedlings that come up on their own and that you don’t recognize grow. Sometimes it’s something beautiful from seeds that were still in the ground. If you think it’s ugly, pull it out anyway.

Ideas for border types

Give nature a helping hand with your border by choosing native flowers that are good for insects and birds. Birds that eat flower seeds or the insects that are attracted to flowers are, for example, robins, wrens, all kinds of titmice and sparrows, finches, goldfinches and greenfinches, with the hedgehog as a bonus. So leave faded flowers until spring so that the seeds remain in the garden. It also stands beautifully decoratively in winter with a layer of frost on top.

A few varieties for your border that are good for insects and birds: viper root, aster, organic bulbs, yarrow, yarrow, marigold, vervain, Judas penny, teasel, loosestrife, mallow, royal herb, cornflower, lavender, sweet forest fruit, daisies , rosemary sage, poppy, giant nightshade, thyme, forget-me-not, foxglove, lady’s mantle, wild columbine, wild bertram and sunflower.

Help nature with your border by choosing flowers that are good for insects

Nature as inspiration for planting

It is extra nice for the insects and birds if there are blooming flowers from early spring to late autumn. It is also the best for you. Walk alone through the garden in the stillness of the morning and see what is blooming. Nothing? Take a good look at what’s blooming in nature that week and get inspired for a new addition! Seed by seed and cutting by cutting, it will be your place.

Where do you buy wild plants?

Vogelbescherming now has a number of wild plants in its range. Not all yet, but there are more and more. Average garden centers often unfortunately have few wild plants. What to do? Fortunately, demand for it is increasing and growers are responding. Google “buy native plants + your hometown” and you’ll get a long way. You can also read more about bird-friendly planting on the Vogelbescherming website.

Text: Jeanet van Zoelen, Vogelbescherming Nederland, with thanks to Anna Kemp for tips and points of attention when creating borders
Photos: Shutterstock, Pixabay, ML Scholten Photography

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