Perennial wildflowers

How to sow perennial wildflowers

Discover how to sow perennial wildflowers such as lady's smock, ox-eye daisies and bellflowers.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

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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.

Sown now, perennial wildflowers such as ragged robinox-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.

You will need

  • Rake
  • Perennial wildflower seeds
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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

Gently rake the seed into the surface and protect from grazing birds by installing bright scarers or netting.

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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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