Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Plants for wildlife

Some tips on gardens that will attract wildlife

  • Native plants are best for supporting native fauna, so use natives where possible.
  • Create layers of vegetation - groundcovers, shrubs and trees - to provide habitat for a range of animals, including birds and insects.
  • Provide variety in colour, texture and density of plantings - to support a diverse range of native fauna.
  • Provide a water supply - such as a bird bath or pond.
  • Select plants that do not require pesticides - including snail bait.
  • Reduce expanses of lawn, and convert lawn areas to garden beds.
  • Avoid feeding native animals - feeding them may create problems of dependency, help spread diseases and encourage vermin.
  • Rocks and other ground structures can provide important protection for native fauna - such as lizards.
  • Retain tree hollows where practical and safe - many native birds nest in these.

Other resources

  • Your local council will have information on plants native to your area.
  • Consider joining a local bush regeneration group to help preserve native flora and fauna.
  • Remember that your property can play an important role as part of a wildlife corridor.
  • Consider joining your local branch of the Australian Plants Society NSW (formerly Society for Growing Australian Plants NSW).


Rainbow lorikeets

Olive-backed Oriole