Pam Lewis has a beautiful wildlife garden near Dorchester in Dorset. The garden is called Sticky Wicket and boasts a wild flower meadow, a fruit forest and a nectar garden. wwww.stickywicketgarden.com
Pam has published a book entitled “Making a Wildflower Meadow” (available from Amazon.co.uk) and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to gardening for wildlife.
Here are her 9 key wild flowers for a summer meadow, as published in the July issue of Gardens Illustrated magazine.
1. Common Knapweed
Common knapweed Centaura nigra is an easy to establish all rounder, providing weeks of colour and a valuable food source for insects and birds.
2. Birdsfoot Trefoil
Birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus is an important food and nectar plant for the declining common blue butterfly
3. Devil’s Bit Scabious
Pam describes Devil’s bit scabious Succisa pratensis as a “joyful” plant. It’s a food source for the very rare marsh fritillary butterfly
4. Meadow Cranesbill
Meadow cranesbill Geranium pratense is a glamorous addition to the meadow an is also attractive to bees.
5. Oxeye Daisy
Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, is a species that is often prolific in newly created meadows but gradually diminishes as a more permanent plant community develops.
Sorrel, Rumex acetosa is a food plant for the small copper butterfly. Pam Lewis says she loves the way it glows in sunlight
7. Ragged Robin
Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi is a plant struggling to survive in the wild because of modern farming techniques. The flowers have an endearing fragility.
8. Yellow Rattle
Yellow rattle, Rhianthus minor, is a pretty plant and useful in meadow management as it is semi-parasitic on grasses.
9. Tufted Vetch
Tufted vetch, Vicia cracca, scrambles into hedges and as well as being a very pretty grassland component, it is often visited by colourful day-flying burnet moths.
How To Make Your Own Summer Wild Flower Meadow
Most of Pam Lewis’s key wild flowers also feature in Meadowmat’s traditional wild flower turf. Take a look at this video and see how easy it is to make your own wild flower meadow.