Spring has finally sprung and with people all over the country currently staying home, the garden has become a favorite spot for many – not just for the fresh air and sunshine, but also to lift their spirits by being closer to nature. If you want to spend more time in your garden, creating a wildflower meadow could be the perfect way to develop your green thumb and stay happy and active outdoors.
Why Choose a Wildflower Meadow?
Wildflowers are great for the environment; they attract birds and pollinators such as insects and butterflies, as well as helping to support the declining population of bees. They can also improve the health of your garden by maintaining a good population of bugs, which is vital if you want to try your hand at growing fruit and vegetables at home.
Some popular variants of wildflowers include cornflower, foxglove, betony, ragged robin and red campion. They’re easy to look after and known for their vibrant colors, adding bursts of blue, yellow, pink, purple and white to your garden.
How to Establish Your Wildflowers
Spring is the perfect time to plant your wildflowers as it gives the shrubs enough time to get established before setting seed. The first step is to check what kind of soil you have in your garden and choose suitable seeds: perennial meadows thrive best on poor soils and annual meadows require rich soils. Ask advice from a wildflower merchant and buy your seeds from them as it’s strongly advised by the RHS not to take plants from the countryside.
Next, create the perfect spot for them in your garden. Weeds can be the biggest threat to a successful wildflower meadow so remove them by hand, mow the area thoroughly and soak it with water. Allow four to six weeks for the soil to settle and remove any germinated weed seeds before sowing the seeds by hand. Rake the area lightly, water it thoroughly and watch your beautiful wildflowers grow!
How to Develop and Care for Them
Wildflowers are ideal for beginner gardeners as they are very low maintenance – they don’t require much water or fertiliser and perennial wildflowers will return every year. Just be aware that after sowing your seeds, you might need to add some netting to protect them from birds.
Also, it’s worth remembering that perennials are unlikely to fully bloom in the first year, so you don’t have to worry about them getting out of control. Some occasional over seeding (perhaps once a year) can help you maintain the perfect balance of plants.
Once your wildflower meadow has been established, you can reap the benefits year after year and we guarantee you’ll be adding to your outdoor living area to bask in its full glory. So sit back and experience the joy of a garden full of vibrant colour and wildlife!
I am definitely going to be planting a small patch of wildfowers this year! I would love to order this cute garden marker from Etsy.
I can’t wait to get started on my wildflower patch. Have you ever planted wildflowers? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
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