Wildflowers are amazing, aren’t they? Some of them pop up where you really don’t want to see them (in the middle of the lawn in my case). Some of them are very fussy indeed about where they grow.
The good news is, that the majority of wildflowers in the UK will grow in the majority of soils….providing that the soil hasn’t been enriched with fertilisers.
How Do I Know Which Wildflowers Will Grow In My Garden?
First of all, look in the hedgerows and road verges in your area. If you live in the town, that might seem difficult but if you’re very observant you’ll see them. On roundabouts, in unkempt lawns, sneaking in between the carefully placed plants in the supermarket car park, in the cracks in the pavement, beside the train tracks, by the canal…there are more of them than you first think.
Its amazing how many different wildflowers you can see if you really look closely
Even better, pack a picnic and go for a walk in the countryside not too far from where you live.
Your camera is your best friend when looking for wildflowers. Take pictures of the flowers and foliage so that you can identify them when you get home.
Take note too of the conditions where they’re growing. Sun or shade? Wet soil or dry?
Soil Type Is Important – The Poorer The Better
Soil type is vital if you want to grow some of the more specialist wildflowers. Things like pH and moisture content are crucial. However, more common wildflowers are usually only fussy about the nutrient content.
To be on the safe side, buy in some low nutrient topsoil.
Sun Or Shade?
Wildflower species are adapted to live in quite specific conditions. Some like shade, some like sunshine and rarely do you find one that likes both.
Red campion blooms in late spring and early colour and favours shadier spots
Chicory flowers in mid-late summer and loves sunshine – although it can cope with very light shade
Buttercups are a cheery sight and they make surprisingly good cut flowers too. They are sun-lovers
The brightest, most striking flowers are the sun-lovers however there are some very pretty shade lovers too. Think red campions, bluebells, primroses, plantains and sorrel.
Find A Wildflower Mix That Suits Your Garden
The growers of Meadowmat wildflower matting have put together five different mixes of wildflowers that will grow happily in UK parks and gardens.
These are available as seed or as wildflower turf.
Wildflowers For Sunny Gardens
Wildflowers For Light Shade
These need to be in full sun for at least half of the day
Wildflowers For Shady Spots
Meadowmat wildflower species – got a favourite wildflower? Discover which plants the growers have matched with it to make one of the Meadowmat varieties.