NATIVE PLANTS ATTRACT WILDLIFE!
Plants differ greatly in how well they support wildlife. Native plants support pollinators and food webs a lot better than introduced ornamentals. Chose a garden that will support biodiversity!
"Numerous native plants have blooms and berries that are attractive to wildlife and to us. Use of native plants allows wildlife to immediately recognize sources of food and shelter in the area. This is important as birds and other wildlife depend on native trees and shrubs for survival. Planting a diversity of native species will attract a greater variety of wildlife throughout the year."
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing Moth seen in a garden we care for in Hastings, Ontario. Larvae feed on viburnums, hawthorns, honeysuckles, snowberry, cherries, plums. Adults seek nectar from bergamot, beebalm, lilac, red clover, phlox, Japanese honeysuckle and thistles
Lithobates clamitans - Green frogs photographed in a waterfall we worked on in Verona, Ontario. One of these two is a rare blue version of the green frog, lacking yellow pigment.
WATER GARDENS AND NATIVE WILDLIFE
"A water garden will enhance the aesthetics of your property and increase the diversity of wildlife that visit your garden. Water provides wildlife with a place to drink, bath, and in some cases, breed. When landscaping your pond, using native plants will enhance its value for wildlife and help to preserve our natural heritage."
When landscaping your pond, we will always use some native plants to support and attract surrounding wildlife to your water garden. These will include moisture-loving plants, marginal plants (shallow-water plants) and deep water plants such as water lilies.
Image Credit: Quinte Conservation, How to Create a Rain Garden
Rain gardens are an affordable, easy way to help manage stormwater and recharge the aquifer.
As urban areas have grown, asphalt and other impervious surfaces like concrete and even lawns have slowly replaced wetlands and forests, The resulting runoff gets carried away through the sewage system, carrying with it all sorts of pollutants from streets, lawns and parking lots into our streams, rivers and lakes.
"Rain gardens are typically bowl shaped and shallow, with native, hardy, low-maintenance plants. These gardens are created in lower lying areas where water otherwise drains to storm sewers. A rain garden is not a pond or wetland. They are dry most of the time, holding water for brief periods during and after a rainfall and can be an important part of improving a community’s water quality." ~ Quinte Conservation, How to Create a Rain Garden - A Guide for Homeowners
Not only are rain gardens beneficial to our watercourses, they are also a great habitat for wildlife as they are planted with native plantings. Ask us for help with the design and installation of your rain garden!
Save your precious garden plants! Alleviate the demand on municipal water systems and avoid strict watering schedules in times of drought with rainwater harvesting.
We all know that we can harvest rainwater in small or even large water tanks connected to our roofs' downspouts. However, these solutions are limited in terms of the amount of water storage they offer and are always unsightly.
With the Aquascape Rainwater Harvesting System, you can store as much water underground as you would like to irrigate your gardens, AND have a beautiful, sustainable water feature on top of it!