Wildflowers offer natural beauty and so much more…As well as adding spectacular colour to your garden they do a very important job. Wildflowers create a diverse environment that will help support birds and insects including bees which are vital to our ecosystem.
Wildflowers have a reputation for being difficult to grow. In reality with a little preparation they can grow easily in your garden. Here’s our easy step by step process to get your own mini wildflower meadow:
When to Plant Wildflower Seeds
- Wildflowers grow in poor soil conditions – prepare your soil for wildflower growth by starving it of nutrients. This can be done by stripping away the top 5-10cm of soil which will reduce fertility.
- Clear away all existing plants and grass - either by hand or with weed killer. Remove weeds such as nettles, docks and couch grass. Be aware weed killer is not advisable in areas of wildlife.
- Dig the soil over and firm it down before raking to create a level seed bed.
- Sow the wildflower seed either by hand or with a seed spreader. We recommend sowing the wildflower seed at 5g per 1 square meter of soil.
- Rake the wildflower seed into the soil and moisten the ground well.
- Cover the newly seeded area of your garden with netting to protect from birds and cats.
- Ensure the soil is kept moist during hot, dry periods for the best germination.
Top tip for growing perennial wildflower seeds
- When preparing the soil avoid using fertilisers or manure as this encourages grass growth which crowds out the wild flowers.
- After you have prepared the soil we recommend allowing the soil to settle for up to 6 weeks. This also allows any weed seeds to germinate, which can then be removed with a hoe or weed killer.
- For best growth it’s important that the soil is warm and doesn’t dry out. Ensure you water the soil regularly particularly if there is a hot spell.
Best time of year to sow wildflower seeds
At The Grass People we have a large variety of wildflower seeds for all types of soil. By and large the best time of year to sow wildflowers is during September to expect bloom in early spring.
However wildflower seeds can be sown throughout the year with bloom usually taking 60-80 days. It may be the case that the first bloom may be after the first winter in soil.
Our wild flower seed range includes:
- Bees and Pollinators – a special selection of UK native flowers selected to attract bees
- Annual Mix – a beautiful selection of UK native annual wildflowers
- Flowering Meadow – a mixture of annual and perennial wildflowers and grasses
- Shaded Area Wildflowers – wildflowers suited to growing in shaded areas
- Heavy Clay Soil Wildflower – a selection of UK native wildflowers suited to grow in clay soils
- Sandy Soil Wildflower – wildflower specially selected to grow in sandy soils
Check out our wildflower mix range here.