Create a wildlife-friendly garden

Our vision for Boroondara is a place known not only for its leafy streets and open spaces, but also for its many sustainable and productive private gardens. This includes gardens rich in wildlife and local flora.

Wildlife-friendly gardens give nature a helping hand

Our native plants and animals have been badly affected by urbanisation. It’s more important than ever that we do our bit to protect and create habitats for wildlife.

Many gardeners in our City have already started to create magical gardens full of beautiful butterflies, energetic honeyeaters, majestic eucalypts and indigenous wildflowers like bluebells and everlasting daisies.

You can become a wildlife gardener

With a little planning and the right plant choice, you too can start. Your new wildlife haven can require less maintenance and water compared to an exotic garden. You can start small or tackle a larger project; plan a full garden makeover or work with your neighbours to link your wildlife projects.

Our Backyard Biodiversity booklet is designed to assist our residents to plan and create a wildlife-friendly garden.

The booklet provides information on native wildlife found in Boroondara, and steps for planning a garden using local indigenous plants to provide habitat for wildlife.

The booklet has a simple list to help your garden project succeed, including:

  • a tall, mature eucalypt or wattle
  • a patch of natural mulch or leaf litter for beetles and worms
  • a clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • a birdbath in a high, sheltered location
  • a frog-friendly pond
  • a warm, sheltered corner plus some rocks in the sun for lizards
  • daisies for butterflies
  • native grasses and ground-covers as an alternative to lawns
  • keeping the garden chemical and insecticide free
  • keeping cats in at night to protect nesting birds, reptiles and native mammals.

You can also pick up a copy of our Backyard Biodiversity booklet at any of our libraries.

To stay informed about our Backyard Biodiversity project and our free sustainable living resources, workshops and events, subscribe to Living for our Future e-newsletter.

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