Perennial wildflower meadows are ideal for bare patches in the garden, large and small. Pollinating insects will be pleased, too.
Discover three ways to create a mini meadow.
e 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.
In this video, Monty Don recommends a selection of beautiful native meadow flowers for a range of garden situations, and demonstrates how to sow the seeds into trays indoors in spring.
Discover how to create your own own colour-infused meadow by sowing perennial wildflowers, below.
You Will Need
- Garden rake
- Wildflower seed
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.
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.
Gently rake the seed into the surface and protect from grazing birds by installing bright scarers or netting.
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.