Wildflowers that bloom in June

Early summer is a great time of year for wildflower spotters. Here’s our guide to some of the wildflowers that bloom in June

These are a few of the wildflower species I spotted during my dog walk this morning. Flowers like these were the inspiration for Meadowmat wildflower matting. It’s just wonderful to see them in their natural environment being visited by all sorts of insects. I love that Meadowmat has enabled me to recreate a little piece of the countryside in my own garden. It also inspired me to keep bees – but that’s a whole other story!

Vipers Bugloss

These bright blue spikes can be seen from a long way away. Bees absolutely adore them and I rarely pass a plant that hasn’t got a bumblebee bottom sticking out from at least one of the flowers.

bee friendly wildflower
Doctors tell us that we should eat a rainbow of colours to stay healthy and nobody sets us a better example than bees? This honey bee is feasting on Vipers Bugloss

This is a biannual plant – depending on what time of year you lay your Meadowmat you may or may not see it in the first summer.

Vipers Bugloss thriving on the nutrient poor soils in Thetford Forest

Birdsfoot Trefoil

A very common wildflower in the countryside near me (Norfolk) but an essential one too. So named because the seed pods look very much like a bird’s foot; this flower has really protein rich pollen. Bee lavae are fed with pollen and as with any creature, the better nourished the young ones are, the stronger the adults they will become.

birdsfoot trefoil yellow flower
Birdsfoot Trefoil. These bright yellow flowers are a great source of baby food for bees

Oxeye Daisy

This is one of my happy plants. It seems to me as if they are smiling. Oxeye daisies are really easy to grow in the garden and unlike some wildflowers, they’re not too fussy about soil type. Be wary though, if these are planted into nutrient rich soil they will bully other plants out of the way.

flower head of oxeye daisy. white petals with yellow centre
One thing I love about wildflowers is their imperfections. This oxeye daisy would never win prizes in the flower show but I just love the pure white petals and that sunny yellow centre. These are often found growing on motorway embankments where they make long journeys just a little bit more pleasurable.

Tufted Vetch

So pretty and so easy to miss. This is one that likes to hide among vegetation so only bumblebees and eagle-eyed humans know where to find it.

purple and yellow wildflowers in a meadow
Tufted vetch growing alongside birdsfoot trefoil. One of the many beautiful plant combinations to be found in a wildflower area

Common Knapweed

A bit of a thug but my goodness don’t the bees just love it?

Common Knapweed, Easy to establish in a garden, wonderfully colourful and popular with bees. At the end of summer, birds such as goldfinches love to feast on the seeds.

Knapweed has a thistle shaped flower but the leaves are not at all prickly. It establishes fast and like the oxeye daisies, it’s not too bothered about soil nutrients.

Medieval folk knew it as “knobweed” – a name that always makes me titter. I’m told it’s because the seed heads are hard and knobbly.

It does have medicinal uses – as so many of our wildflowers do. Ancient physicians used knapweed to flesh wounds, sore throats, bleeding gums and catarrh. I’m told that the flower heads are edible too – but I haven’t tried them yet.

Common Sorrel

This is one wildflower that is edible. The leaves of common sorrel are full of iron and great in salads. Some think the flower heads are a bit insignificant. I’ll agree, they’re not everso showy but when you see them en-mass growing amongst grasses they’re actually rather beautiful. It’s that terracotta colour that sets them apart from the others.

Common sorrel is a vital food plant for the caterpillars of some of our native butterflies. The unusually shaped flower heads fascinate me and I just love the colour.

Bladder Campion

I have a soft spot for this little plant. I don’t come across it as often as its cousin, red campion but every so often I see a little clump of it standing up and waving in the wind.

Bladder campion has beautiful flowers. They’re not particularly flambouyant, but if, like me, you like to take your time and look at plants in detail – these are a great addition to the garden.

I’m told that bladder campion is popular with foragers and in spain, the leaves are made into a kind of soup. This is one plant that I’m keen to introduce into my garden. Bladder Campion is found in Cottage Garden Meadowmat and in the Roof Meadow Meadowmat. It combines beautifully with other species to provide plenty of food and habitat for pollinating insects.

Wildflower Identification

One blog post is simply not enough to describe all of the wildflowers you can see in June. However, we do have much more information about the wildflowers in Meadowmat. To help with identification, the flowers are ordered by colour and you’ll find lots of links to help you learn about the history and uses of the plants.

Learn more about wildflower species in Meadowmat.  

Growing wildflowers in the garden

You can never have too many wild flowers. Even if you are lucky enough to live in the countryside with wildflowers on the doorstep, there’s nothing quite like growing your own. If you have an urban garden, wildflowers are easy to grow and make a refreshing change to some of the big blowsy blooms of cultivated plants.

Hopefully these articles will inspire you to create a little wildflower patch of your own.

Growing wildflowers in a small garden

Wildflowers – a great alternative to a formal lawn

How to lay Meadowmat wild flower turf