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. *This post contains affiliate links and/or collaborative content.
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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We get a 60 degree day every once in a while but not spring like here yet. I always wanted a wildflower garden. Too many deer and rabbits around me. They eat everything when the flowers are budding so they don’t really have a chance. I wasted tons of time nd work in our old house.
At least I’m smarter about not trying now. Great information.
CindyApril 20, 2020 at 3:53 pm
We just had a shed installed last fall and I’m anxious to do some patches of wildflowers back in that area. Thanks for the tips!April 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Oh I think that is a great idea! I am wanting to do something similar with a she shed one day.
Thanks for stopping by!April 21, 2020 at 10:54 pm
A wildflower meadow is always a delight.April 20, 2020 at 10:48 pm
I love a pretty wildflower meadow. I grow bluebonnets and also cosmos and poppies. I love the look of wild and free!April 20, 2020 at 10:56 pm
I have always wanted to grow cosmos and poppies! I also love that wild and free look.
Thanks for visiting!April 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Beautiful results, and I can see that it takes some patience to get to the goal.April 22, 2020 at 7:54 am
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I have always loved wildflowers. Lovely inspiration post! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!April 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm
I planted perennial wildflower seeds in one of my flower beds just this weekend. Seeing your post today makes my heart go pitter-patter. Finger’s crossed my seeds germinate and look half as lovely as these. I can’t wait! PinnedApril 28, 2020 at 9:26 am
Your photos are so lovely Amber! I’d love to have a little wildflower meadow somewhere – thanks for the inspiration! 💗April 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm
What pretty flowers. I would love to grow these. We don’t have a lot of room for a garden, but this would be perfect for our yard.April 29, 2020 at 11:43 pm
What a lovely pop of colour and so perfect for lifting us during these difficult times. Thanks for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week Amber. I know I featured you last week, but planting a wildflower meadow is such a beautiful idea, so I’m excited to feature you again this week.April 30, 2020 at 7:03 am