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If you have a front or back yard then you can create a garden that provides habitat for native animals such as butterflies, birds, frogs and lizards.
Gardening is a great pastime and can help to keep you active and healthy. If you follow some basic principles it can also be good for the local wildlife by providing shelter, breeding sites and food throughout the year. Using local native plants will also make your garden drought tolerant and save water.
A range of information, booklets and fact sheets on creating a wildlife friendly garden. The Creating a wildlife friendly garden booklet explains the principles behind attracting native animals into your garden, such as growing native plants, choosing species that will allow your garden to flower throughout the year and including different layers in your garden design.
Other booklets offer planting guides for coastal and Adelaide gardens. Fact sheets range from how to create homes for lizards, attract butterflies, make a frog friendly garden, plant native seedlings and more.
Learn more on the Urban Biodiversity page on the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty website or choose the right native plants for your garden using their website's Local Plant Catalogue.
Design your garden based on whether you want to attract specific animals such as butterflies or birds, or on the plant types. The website will help you to select the right sort of plants for your area, assist you to design your garden, and provide a list of nurseries to purchase the plants from.
Discover the butterfly nectar plants and learn more about your favourite butterfly in the detailed fact sheets. Find out how you can get involved in butterfly conservation and check out their interesting public talks program.
Choose the right plants for the right places, including Australian native and exotic species. Plants are carefully screened to suit the soils and other conditions of the areas for which they are recommended.