Wildflowers and meadows are essential to supporting a rich variety of wildlife and environments. In recent years, drastic changes to the ecosystem have caused losses in biodiversity. However, by planting your own wildflower meadow, you can help to create and save habitats.
If you are considering developing your own wildflower garden, we have created our top five tips for growing a successful meadow of your own!
When Is the Best Time to Plant Wildflower Seeds?
Wildflowers can be sown throughout the year, with flowers beginning to bloom around 60-80 days after planting. However, it is important to remember that flowers may not appear until after their first winter season.
Autumn is an ideal season to plant wildflower seeds. While it allows the earliest displays of flowers the following year, it also provides a beautiful seasonal meadow.
Where Is the Best Place to Plant Wildflowers?
Wildflowers thrive in areas that benefit from full direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours per day. Wildflower seeds do not need rich soil, with unproductive territory preventing grass species from outcompeting flowers.
How to Prepare to Plant Wildflowers
The right soil conditions are essential when preparing to plant wildflower seeds. If your desired area for planting has recently been fertilised, it is recommended that the soil is starved of any nutrients.
Soil fertility can be reduced in several ways, including stripping away 5-10cm of topsoil. You will also need to remove all existing grass, plants, flowers, and weeds from the area to aid successful germination.
Additionally, it is important to test the pH of the soil. This can be tested through using a soil testing kit, which will help you to identify the areas which are most suited to planting wildflowers.
Finding Your Perfect Wildflowers
British native wildflowers are a great choice when beginning your wildflower meadow; these plants are some of the most reliable and beautiful flowers you can grow.
Flowers such as Ox-eye Daisies grow on most garden soils. Their tall stems make them perfect for meadows, with the flowers blooming between June and August.
Ragged Robins are also a great addition to any wildflower garden. As they are native to damp wetland, they are the perfect flower for typical British summers.
Alike the Ragged Robins, Betonies are popular among butterflies and bees, making them valuable nectar sources for pollinators! They are characterised by their purple flowers, adding a perfect pop of colour to any meadow.
How to Maintain Your Wildflower Garden
Within the first years of maintaining your wildflower garden, it is important to manually remove other fast-growing plants such as thistles and nettles. Due to their fast-growing pace, they have a higher demand for nutrients, stymying the growth of wildflowers.
It is also recommended that an annual cut of the wildflowers is scheduled at the end of the summer, with cuttings being composted elsewhere to keep the soil nutrient levels low.
To find out more about creating your own wildflower meadow or to discover some of our own wildflower seed mixes, get in touch today!