A beautifully manicured lawn is a real asset in a garden and is a great place to eat, play and relax. But manicuring a lawn can be time consuming and not everybody has time in their busy lives to mow, trim and edge the grass.
If your fed up with mowing your lawn and want something less labour intensive that isn’t concrete or decking, why not plump for a wildflower meadow?
A wildflower meadow has a completely different look and feel to a formal grass lawn
Once the wildflowers are established, this informal style of gardening is incredibly low maintenance.
There’s something about long grasses and tall flowers that draws people out into the garden for a closer look.
It feels so relaxing to sit amongst the wild flowers and read a book or watch the wildlife. Everyday the meadow entices me outside and begs me to wonder “what’s blooming today?” “What can I photograph?” “What wildlife is visiting?” “Should I add some more flowering plants?” ”Can I collect seed from this plant?”
Where a lawn is consistently green all year round and adds a firm structure to the garden. A wildflower meadow is in a constant state of change.
- The texture of the foliage is awesome and takes on a different look from month to month.
- There is a succession of flowers – many of them make great cut flowers
- A myriad of creatures will visit your garden bringing with them colour and movement. Butterflies, bees even dragonflies are frequent visitors to my own garden meadow as are birds, frogs and prettily marked snails. (provided the snails don’t migrate to my veg patch I’m happy for them to be there)
What do wild flower lawns look like?
Here are some wildflower meadows that have been created using Meadowmat wild flower matting available from Turfonline
At Felbrigge Hall in Norfolk, wild flower lawns have been created to save mowing costs. This was pictured in early July. Many of the flowers have finished blooming but the grasses are beautiful. What you can’t see in the picture are the hundreds of Meadow Brown butterflies flitting around. Wild flower meadows provide them with habitat and food for their caterpillars.
This garden designer has used wild flowers as a border for a more formal lawn. This idea saves time on edging the lawn and looks great. www.maxyourgarden.co.uk
This is my own garden – growing wildflowers has inspired me to become a beekeeper. They love the mini-meadow just as much as I do.
This picture was taken in late April – the wildflower area has great texture and within weeks will become a riot of colour