Dry perennial meadow
Planting a wildflower meadow in your garden can provide flowers for pollinators and breeding sites for butterflies and moths. Perennial meadows mimic traditional hay meadows which are an extremely important habitat for wildlife, and don’t need reseeding. Annual meadows, despite looking pretty and generating a lot of interest, don’t provide the breeding opportunities for moths and butterflies and are hence less valuable.
A meadow is much better than a heavily fertilised and regularly mown traditional lawn, which is not only unsustainable but also has very little wildlife value. However, by relaxing the mowing frequency (mowing only twice a year in spring and autumn) and reducing the fertility of your lawn, it can also eventually become a valuable wildlife haven supporting a wide variety of plant species with relatively little effort. It’s amazing to see which wildflowers turn up over time, but you can also add plug plants to get things going a little quicker.