10 UK native wildflowers to grow

10 UK native wildflowers to grow

Discover 10 gorgeous native wildflowers to sow and grow, including annual and perennial choices.

As UK natives, our wildflowers are some of the most reliable and beautiful plants you can grow.

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The added boon of growing them is that they’ll help support the native pollinators that rely on them. All of the flowers we’ve picked are popular plants for bees and butterflies, so the more of them you can grow, the better. If you’re short of space, you can still grow wildflowers by creating a wildflower container.

Once you’ve picked the native wildflowers you enjoy, here’s how to use them to create a mini wildflower meadow.

Take your pick of stunning UK native wildflowers to grow, below.

A tall, marvellous native perennial, hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) enjoys growing in damp, semi-shaded habitats.

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Ox-eye daisy

Ox-eye daisies have tall stems, with flowers June-August. Happy on most garden soils in sun. Can be invasive.

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Ragged robin

Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi, are striking wildflowers that play an important part in damp, wetland meadows. They’re a valuable nectar source for pollinators.

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Corn cockle

Corn cockles (Agrostemma githago) are one-time cornfield annuals, with deep-pink flowers from June to August. Will grow happily in any reasonable soil in sun. Try the cultivar ‘Alba’ for white flowers.

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Corn marigold

The corn marigold (Glebionis segetum) is an annual that thrives on newly cultivated soil in full sun. The yellow flowers look especially pretty when scattered amongst other wildflowers like cornflowers and ox-eye daisies.

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Bellflower

Campanula glomerata and Campanula trachelium will flower much of the summer if grown in moisture-retentive soil. C. trachelium likes partial shade, while C. glomerata prefers a more open situation.

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Betony

Betony (Stachys officinalis) is a beautiful long-lived perennial, with purple flowers that are popular with butterflies and bees.

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Hemp agrimony

A tall, marvellous native perennial, hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) enjoys growing in damp, semi-shaded habitats, including woodlands, hedgerows, rivers and ponds. A great plant for butterflies.

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Viper’s bugloss

Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare) is a colourful biennial that prefers a sunny, dry position. Wait for it to set seed in late summer before cutting down.

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Common knapweed

Common knapweed, Centaurea nigra, will do well in a variety of situations, from damp to dry, though dense woodland and wetland conditions are best avoided. Leave the seedheads on over winter to provide seeds for birds.

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Bugle

Bugle, Ajuga reptans, can be grown in both sunny and shady conditions, though damp soil is always needed for it to grow well.

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