Throughout much of garden history, the creatures that inhabit our gardens—with the exception of honeybees, butterflies, and possibly ladybugs—have long been viewed as competitors. But that is a dangerously mistaken notion. In reality, a myriad of pollinators, insect predators, birds, and other animals play a vital if unrecognized role in garden ecology. It is these creatures that keep our gardens thriving, full of life, and beautiful. Garden Allies Illustrated reveals the fascinating and occasionally mysterious roles of these garden denizens, and shows how we can come to appreciate and nurture them—something that has become increasingly vital as our human population grows and habitats for wildlife shrink.