Purple and pink wildflowers amongst meadow grasses

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.

1

Ox-eye daisy

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

Tall-stemmed, white and yellow ox-eye daisy flowers
Tall-stemmed, white and yellow ox-eye daisy flowers
2

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.

Pale-pink flowers of ragged-robin
Pale-pink flowers of ragged-robin
3

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.

Pink corn cockles beside blue agapanthus
Pink corn cockles beside blue agapanthus
4

Corn marigold

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

Deep-yellow corn marigolds amongst cornflowers and ox-eye daisies
Deep-yellow corn marigolds amongst cornflowers and ox-eye daisies
5

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.

Small mauve bellflowers
Small mauve bellflowers
6

Betony

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

Purple-pink betony flowers
Purple-pink betony flowers
7

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.

Tiny pink flowers on tall red/purple stems of hemp agrimony
Tiny pink flowers on tall red/purple stems of hemp agrimony
8

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.

Blue viper's bugloss flowers
Blue viper’s bugloss flowers
9

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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Pink-purple common knapweed flowers
Pink-purple common knapweed flowers
10

Bugle

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

Stems of pale-blue bugle flowers
Stems of pale-blue bugle flowers

Natives for ponds

If you have a garden pond, don’t discount native aquatic plants. Discover native plants for wildlife ponds to consider.

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