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Create your own wildflower meadow

04 April 2016 | Posted in Gardening by The Unwins Family

Create your own piece of meadowland in your garden simply by adding a collection of colourful and attractive wildflowers. They'll bring in a range of pest-feeding wildlife, add animation to your garden and a lovely palette of colour.

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We're dispatching wildflowers now as young plants; they're at the perfect stage of development to get growing now that it's April and the daylight hours are increasing.

Wildflower beeEven if you've not got a large garden or have a balcony you can add these wildflowers to your outdoor space by creating a mini-meadow planting in a group of containers.

Here are some suggestions for wildflowers to try. Choose the colours that suit your tastes and the flowers that will attract the wildlife you want. Teasel is a great plant for bringing in charms of goldfinches while ragged robin and meadow clary bring in a range of UK-native bee species.

 

 

Wildflower selfhealSelfheal - Prunella vulgaris (pictured right) The plant has a long history of medicinal use, and traditionally the leaves are applied to wounds to promote healing. Aside from its medical uses, Prunella vulgaris is a valuable addition to areas of grassland managed for wildflowers and wildlife.

Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus  Beautiful, graceful flowers with ruffled petals the colour of a deep blue summer sky.

Greater knapweed - Centaurea scabiosa  A lovely UK native wildflower with a thistle-like appearance, it naturally grows on roadside verges and in hedgerows.

Ragged robin - Lychnis flos-cuculi  A delightful perennial of damp woodland and watersides, great performer in sun or shade.

wildflower ox eyeOxeye daisy - Leucanthemum vulgare (pictured right) The classic wild white daisy; essential for a wild flower meadow or natural planting scheme and to attract pollinators.

Red campion - Silene dioica A pretty and tall wildflower that has a long flowering period; flowers are most numerous in June but some last through to first frosts in autumn.

Meadow clary - Salvia pratensis A charming plant, great for growing in wildflower collections. They’re particularly attractive to pollinating insects like bees and butterflies.

Teasel - Dipsacus fullonum If you love attracting bees, butterflies and finches into the garden, grow this stately plant. After flowering, let the finches take the seed from the heads.

Rough hawkbit - Leontodon hispidus A grassland perennial native to the UK that gives a real feel of being in the country. Though related to the dandelion, this more charming cousin is very attractive to beneficial pollinators.

Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea A native British wildflower with tall stems showing large, striking purple bells, all on the same side. This is a perfect addition to attract butterflies and moths to your garden.

Receiving your young plants

Wildflower plugThis is a great point in the plants' development to receive them to pot on in containers or your borders.

As young plants these hardy wildflowers have well-developed root systems and can be planted straight out. They'll establish quickly and flower for a long period. Young plants are perfect for gardeners with less time or space to grow on.

See our full range of wildflower plants

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