If you are fed up with the same old bedding plants, and frost bitten lawn and fancy a change, then why not go wild in your garden, and plant some wild flowers in either your grass or flower beds.
Not only will wild flowers bring a completely different dimension to your garden, but they are a haven for bees butterflies, birds and other wild life. Wild gardens are also relatively cheap and easy to create.
How to go wild?
The best soil for meadow flowers is thin and poor soil, low in fertility so that competing grasses are kept to a minimum, if your lawn is looking battered after the long winter, then plant some wild flowers instead.
However if your lawn is already established you can still plant some wild plants, by just scattering some wild flower seeds over the top they will grow as long as your lawn is not a manicured lawn, which has been sprayed with chemicals. Leave patches of grass/wild flowers to grow long, and mow pathways throughout your garden, this is also great for children, who love weaving in and out of the tall flowers and grass.
In order to work out which wild plants will grow the best in your borders and grass, take a look around your home, in the fields and hedgerows, there you will be able to see which plants are growing naturally. It will take a couple of years for the wild plants to really flourish, but the first year you should be able to enjoy their flowering beauty. However if you would like faster results you could plant ‘plugs’ or pot grown plants.
You will need to decide when you would like your plants to flower – whether you would like a ‘spring’ flowering meadow, with buttercups, cowslips and so fourth or a ‘summer’ one, with campions, oxeye daises and other summer flowering plants. Creating a wild garden is relatively cheap, as a pack of a 1,000 seeds will cost just under £3.
In the first year you will need to cut the lawn or flower beds when they get to about 10cm in height, which can be a bit heart breaking, but it will help to keep down annual weeds.
After a couple of years you should have a beautiful wild garden or area in your garden. If you have already created a wild area in your garden, then we would love you to share your pictures on our Facebook page.