Sown now, perennial wildflowers such as ragged robin, ox-eye daisies, bellflowers and lady’s smock (Cardamine pratensis) will germinate quickly and put on plenty of growth, giving some flowers later this year, but the real display will be a glorious mass of flowers next spring and summer.
Discover how to create your own own colour-infused meadow by sowing perennial wildflowers, below.
Perennial wildflower meadows are ideal for bare patches in the garden, large and small.
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Before sowing perennial wildflowers, the site must be first cleared of competitive weeds. Prepare for sowing by firming the soil, then raking it to a fine tilth before soaking with water.
Watering the soil
For random coverage, mix up the seed before scattering them over the area. On large sites, stand on a board to avoid damaging the raked surface.
Sowing perennial wildflower seed
Gently rake the seed into the surface and protect from grazing birds by installing bright scarers or netting.
Raking the seed into the soil
Use the right seeds
When buying seeds, avoid seed mixes that contain a high proportion of grass seed, as these can outcompete perennial flowers. A good alternative to bought seed mixes is to buy individual packets of the flowers you want, and to create your own seed mix.
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