Garden Wilding

At the beginning of the year I received an email from one of our members about a small native plants project in her Edinburgh garden.  Although the local cat population is keeping the birds away, she has had a good deal of success attracting bees, butterflies and moths.

In her shady back garden, she has planted a holly screen comprising of 2 or 3 native species, and now has red berries all winter.  The small paved front area has a selection of wildflowers in large pots.  After a couple of years trial and error, the current wildflower success stories are red dead-nettle, rock rose, white campion, dropwort, lady’s bedstraw, native white clover and in particular thrift.

For container growing, she recommends watering very regularly – everyday from Spring through into Autumn and even in Winter if there is a dry spell.  However at any time of year, never water when it is frosty!

I suspect a good deal more gardening than normal is going on this Spring. If you have any stories to share, please get in touch at, no project too small. Or share your photos on Instagram using #BFTSpring2020 and tag @bordersforesttrust in your posts.