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    Flourishing life in your garden

Flourishing life in your garden

Would you like to fill your garden with life? That’s a great idea, as natural gardens, whether big or small, that attract wildlife play an important role in promoting nature in cities. Garden owners have an opportunity to have a piece of nature at their doorstep, to create flowered areas and habitations, and to share their space with animals and plants. A natural garden doesn’t have to be overgrown to become a little natural paradise. Gentle care and design are needed. This way, you can create a unique, seasonal play of colours.

Target species

Common blue butterfly

Common glow-worm

Goat willow


White-breasted hedgehog

Wild carrot

Good to know

  • Native plants are the corner stone of a more natural garden.
  • The more diverse structures and habitats you offer, the more natural diversity will emerge.
  • Existing plants are often ecologically very valuable and therefore worth preserving, i.e. Old trees.
  • Try to favour natural construction materials and permeable coverings in your natural garden.
  • Sealed areas and the currently fashionable gravel gardens are unsuitable for flora and fauna.
  • Refrain from continuous and high fence footings. These act as barriers for hedgehogs etc.

What does the City of Vienna do?

The City of Vienna - Environmental Protection department awards a prize to the most beautiful, bee-friendliest gardens:
Plakette Naturnahe Grünoase der Stadt Wien (wien.gv.at)

Wild shrub beds as flowered areas

Flower beds are magical with their vibrant blooms and colours. Changing plants and using annual garden plants can be very time-consuming. It’s better to plant perennial, cold-hardy shrubs and native wild plants. This promotes biodiversity, is low-maintenance and still colourful.

Tip: Add bulbous plants to your shrub bed. After all, seeing flowers pop up in early spring is wonderful.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



Choice of plants:



Aquatic micro-habitats

Natural aquatic micro-habitats such as ponds and natural pools are particularly high in biodiversity. Not only amphibians, but also insects, snails, and also hydrophilic plants will find habitats there. Over the last few decades, the number and diversity of these habitats in Austria has decreased considerably. With relatively simple means and without costly technology, you can create new habitats. You can look forward to exciting field observations throughout the seasons.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



Choice of plants:


Other measures


Wild and overgrown corner/margin as habitations