Wyevale Garden Centres and Jo Whiley have put together some tips which will turn an ordinary garden "into a welcoming habitat for the wonders of nature and the sounds they bring with them".
Whiley, who appeared on Chelsea Flower Show coverage this May, said: "Music and gardening are my two big passions. In the evenings I'm on air between 8 and 10 playing music to the nation as it winds down at the end of the day but during the afternoons, at home, I'm straight out into my garden to enjoy it's many delights and get on with the various jobs there are always to do.
"When I’m gardening, I consciously switch off the radio and completely immerse myself in the sounds of the garden. Sound can have such a huge effect on people’s emotions. In the same way that someone may blast out a feel good tune to lift their mood, the tranquil sounds of a garden can make you completely relaxed. Sound plays a big part of my life and my garden can provide a completely different musical backdrop compared to the studio."
She says on trellis, add trailing plants like clematis or sweet peas. Hanging baskets are another great choice, says Whiley, who adds that vegetables grow well in window boxes.
Whiley said gardeners should choose single-flowered varieties of plants like nasturtiums.
She said to hear birdsong, give birds something to eat/drink, somewhere to shelter, somewhere to wash and somewhere to breed.
Whiley says garden ponds create ideal breeding conditions for frogs, newts, and toads.
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