Good Front Garden Plants to Start With

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Plants in front gardens provide valuable shelter and food for birds (berries, seed heads), butterflies, bees and other insects (nectar in flowers). 

Native plant species may be the best choice - they support wildlife and don't need much looking after! Some non-native species may be better for dry conditions.

Small trees

(some produce berries for birds)

  • Crab Apple
  • Silver Birch
  • Hawthorn
  • Holly
  • Mountain Ash


(nectar, berries, shelter)

  • Ivy
  • Honeysuckle
  • Clematis

Flowering shrubs

(nectar, shelter, berries, seed heads)

  • Lavender
  • Guelder Rose
  • Forsythia
  • Hebes
  • Firethorn (Pyracantha)
  • Buddleia

Annual and perennial flowers

(nectar, seed heads)

  • Foxglove
  • Yellow Archangel
  • Dead Nettles
  • Campions
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Primrose
  • Bluebells
  • Hemp Agrimony
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Knapweeds
  • Meadow Cranesbill
  • Herb Robert
  • Catmint
  • Stonecrops
  • Heathers