Edible Landscaping and Wildlife Gardening
If you want to landscape your garden, new housing estate or even your town, why not go for an Edible Landscape or Wildlife Garden design?
Edible landscapes let you plant for beauty, plant for wildlife and plant for you to pick and enjoy eating yourself. Apples, Pears, Cherries, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Sweet Chestnuts.... and that is just the trees. Then instead of a shrubbery, picture black, red and white currants, gooseberries and blueberries. Cover fences and walls with climbers like loganberries, blackberries, wild roses. If you have a sheltered, south facing wall you could even grow kiwis or grapes. Plant visual cover or windbreaks of summer and autumn fruiting raspberries. Then in the flower beds, go for the colour, beauty, wildlife value and flavour of sage, lavender, sweet cicely and a myriad of other herbs and edible greens and flowers.
Wildlife gardens are specially designed and planted to provide the maximum benefit to birds and to butterflies, bees and other insects as well as attractive places for people. They tend to be lower maintenance than ordinary landscaping designs, thus allowing the wildlife to get on with its life and you to get on with yours.
Edible Landscaping is much the same as ordinary landscaping, with trees, shrubs and ground cover – except that it is dominated by edible plants wherever you look. Home owners, developers and managers can all enhance their gardens and grounds with an Edible Landscape.
Hedges can be grown from hazel trees, climbing fruit, blackcurrants or raspberries. Tall feature trees can include sweet chestnuts, walnuts or pears. Boundaries can be interplanted with crab apples, damsons and edible hawthorns. The herbaceous border can be just that – herbs; full of colour, scents and interest for wildlife as well as for the kitchen. Even some vegetables can be grown as perennials, providing a yield year after year from the same plant.
If you want to really cram in the goodness, then a woodland garden can be used to good effect. Woodland gardens are gardens in which fruit trees, fruit bushes, soft fruit, perennial vegetables and herbs are grown together as a mini woodland. Because they can be grown in a small space, they are ideal for use in urban and sub-urban gardens to provide fresh fruit and vegetables almost year round.
Low maintenance options are available for developments and municipal areas, so that you can have your fruit and nuts with no more maintenance than a conventional landscape design.
Whether you want a damp lawn converted to a wetland wildlife oasis, or want to minimise your industrial estate mowing costs by redesigning as a summer meadow or mini woodland, we can provide the advice and designs you need.
Wildlife gardening is becoming more and more popular as people want to encourage birds, butterflies and other wildlife into their gardens, be they in urban or rural settings. Wildlife gardening is an easy way to encourage more Irish wildlife into view within your own site. A wildlife garden can be any size, from a postage sized urban lawn surrounded by butterfly friendly shrubs and flowers to large wildflower meadows with hedgehogs and sparrow hawks.
FHWS have worked with urban gardens with wildflower borders of lady's smock, ox-eye daisy and others. We have even had orchids growing as volunteers in some of our wildlife gardens. If you have wildlife garden aspirations or want a planting layout for anything from a back garden to a golf course contact FH Wetland Systems to see how we can best meet your needs.
Who can use Edible Landscaping and Wildlife Garden Designs?
- Private Gardens
- Housing Developments
- Industrial Parks
- Council Green Areas
- Apartment Landscaping
- Business Premises
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