There are several ways to attract frogs to your garden. A pond with some water plants and grasses around the edge, will attract frogs to lay their eggs. Once the tadpoles have grown, your garden will have more frogs. Frogs live in damp conditions. Native ferns and grasses (Tussock grasses), ground covers (native violets ) and clumping plants (such as the Grassy Mat Rush and Flax Lillies) are ideal.
Tadpoles need ponds with grasses and clumping plants. Too many plants in a pond will block out sunlight and cause algal growth. Frogs need plants and leaf litter to hide under.
Water plants need to planted in the pond to provide food and shelter for tadpoles. Native grasses should be planted around the edge so that when they grow, the leaves drape into the water. This provides a lovely damp canopy for frogs to shelter beneath.
A potential problem for frogs and tadpoles… if you place a fountain in your pond, expect the frog eggs and small tadpoles to be vitamised in the pump. Larger tadpoles will probably clog smaller pipes.
For more plant ideas and suggestions read our page on how to create a frog friendly habitat with beautiful plants