Wildflowers are a beautiful way to add colour to your garden, while helping to support native insects and animals. Creating your own meadow from seed is the most cost-effective method and gives some of the best results. Once established, your meadow will be easy to maintain and let you experience the joy of nature.
What type of wildflowers are best?
It's always best to plant native species of flowers, as they will help create a biodiverse ecosystem to support UK insects and animals. Wildflowers can be great for the UK's bees and pollinating insects, so you should look for mixes that contain flowers they will love. To create a true meadow, wildflowers must be mixed with grass seeds - wildflowers without grass are purely ornamental and do not provide habitats. You can buy wildflower seeds directly from us for a great selection of native British seeds. Our mixes contain a 50/50 blend of flower and grass seed to give you a well-balanced, colourful display.
When to plant wildflowers
The best time to plant wildflowers is between March and September, depending on your soil conditions. If the area you have selected for your meadow has light soil, then you will see good results from sowing in autumn. Your seeds will germinate quickly and you should see some early colour, although some of your flowers won't come up until the following spring. If your soil is heavy, then you should wait until spring. Heavy soil can become waterlogged over winter, causing your seeds to rot. Spring-sown seeds should start to germinate within a few weeks, depending on weather conditions, and continue to flower until autumn.
How to sow a wildflower meadow
Some preparation is required in advance of planting your meadow, so we recommend you start getting ready before you intend to sow your seeds. An important thing to note about wildflowers is that they prefer poor soil conditions. You'll want to avoid fertilising your soil, as this can cause your grass to grow excessively, crowding out the wildflowers and preventing them from growing.
- Select the area you wish to plant your wildflower meadow. Clear away all existing plants, grass, and weeds. Dig the soil over, and firm it down well.
- Leave your soil for 2-6 weeks so any weeds will have time to germinate and you can remove them. It's much easier to do this at this stage, rather than trying to fight a weed infestation in your meadow later.
- Sow your seeds by hand at 5g per square metre. Simply sprinkle your mix over the soil. If using our wildflower meadow mix, we recommend regularly mixing the seeds while sowing, as smaller ones such as Poppies can sink to the bottom of the bag.
- Lightly rake over the area to give the seeds a fine covering of soil. You don't want to bury your seeds as they need light and warmth to grow.
- Cover your freshly sown meadow with netting to protect the seeds from birds.
- Water the area thoroughly and continue to keep the soil moist, especially during warm weather. Your seeds should begin to germinate within a few weeks, depending on their growing conditions.