Posted: 22/05/2016 at 15:27
Alice wildflowers are not an easy option. I'm regularly asked to do wildflower patches and grassed areas. They are difficult to achieve. The beat advice I can give is to start from scratch. This means killing off your grass totally and then impoverish the soil with sharp sand and plenty of it. Wildflowers don't like fertile soil in 99% of cases. You need to prepare the ground as for a new lawn, digging deep, rake to a fine tilthe, then sow. Get good quality seed from the specialist suppliers, not the off the shelf mixes. Bulbs are easy to incorporate into a a scheme, again good quality bulbs make a difference and getting native bulbs enhances the effect. Good drainage is essential, clay soil makes them almost impossible to achieve. Off the shelf mixes are ok for clay as most of them contain easy annuals and are rarely proper wildflower mixes. It's now a little late to actually start sowing a meadow, but you could do a shortcut and buy in wildflower plugs for an effect this year. Otherwise you could start planning for next year and sow in the Autumn, doing the preparation over the summer. Bulbs you can plant in the Autumn as normal, they don't require the specific conditions seeds do. Some off this may seem a bit negative, but it's not intended to be, your soil and conditions may make your job easy, it's just some of my clients, well nearly all garden on clay and have totally unrealistic exexpectations. Oh and finally wildflowers love sunshine so if you can get near their requirements you're half way there. Best of luck.