They need habitat, and small sites do matter. Here is some pretty good information for homeowners, however, I prefer to specify natives only. If everyone put in a garden like this, it would really have great positive impact.
I do see butterflies in the urban gardens and industrial/corporate sites we have been working on.
FYI – a few more facts.
I was struck once again with the lack of flowers on my back-road drive to Peoria last week. We can do better. We can replant our native plants. We can co-exist, and we all will thrive when nature thrives.
Do you want birds? Plant natives. Grow some caterpillars! Caterpillars feed birds, and are available much earlier in the year that seeds or berries. They are also critical foods for many creatures, including baby birds.
This Bungalow on Chicago’s Northwest Side has a front yard needing some redefining, replanting, and re-shaping. The Schematic Sketch included a design, recommendations for maintenance and reconstruction of a retaining wall, and an opinion of cost. The client can now budget the next steps, and can use the sketch and example pictures to communicate to future contractors.
Services included a site visit and meeting with client, the design, recommended materials and plants, and an opinion of construction cost.
The plants are all natives, and will attract many birds and butterflies to this urban garden – perfect for the client, who is a real nature lover!
This is a great terraced site with the back of the house overlooking the property and the sunset. In looking at the land, it told many stories, and it revealed what we can do to merge the clients desires and the land’s inclinations.