8 great reasons to sow wildflowers
8 great reasons to sow wildflowers
Most garden flora contains one type of species, whereas a wildflower mix contains many different types of wildflowers. This means a selection of annual and perennial wildflowers that can pop up at different times, making sure your meadow has blooms throughout Spring and Summer. This also means you’ll have a full spectrum of colour in one spot – from the red whites and blues of Cornfield annuals to the bright and light pinks of Coneflower and Musk Mallow. So, if you want to be continually surprised and amazed by your garden flora, you should definitely consider sowing a wildflower meadow.
Typically, most garden flora has a very short flowering period – for example, a peony will only bloom for up to 10 days whereas wildflowers can bloom over multiple months. Wildflower species have different flowering periods but most will stay in bloom for up to 2 months. That’s uninterrupted colour, all summer long!
Attracts bees and pollinators
Bees, butterflies and lots of other insects adore wildflowers. Their bevy of blooms, sweet smell and inviting bright colours make them a hotspot for pollinators. You can help support your local pollinators by sowing wild areas in your garden, and enjoy the hive of activity as they buzz and flutter inbetween your flowers.
Makes use of hard to grow areas
You might find that some areas of your garden make it hard to grow anything. For example, shaded areas where nothing seems to take and clay soils that are difficult to work with. Well, wildflowers, unruly as they are, will grow just about anywhere! There are also wildflower species that are especially good at growing in shaded or clay soil conditions. So, if you have an empty area that never gets much use, wildflowers should be on the top of your list to try!
Provide habitat for wildlife
Lots of blooms in your garden are wonderful, but when it comes to winter, and they’ve died down and you’re left with an empty bed or border it can be disappointing. When you sow a wildflower mix that contains grass, the grasses will stay behind when the flowers begin to die off. These long meadow grasses still make a pretty feature and can also host a home for wildlife such as hedgehogs, so you can do your bit for the environment all year round!
With other garden flora you may find yourself pruning and preening, feeding, and whispering sweet nothings to keep your flowers in good nick. Wildflowers prefer a bit of tough love, so you don’t need to feed them to keep them looking their best or use any fancy top soil! They also don’t need to be watered regularly to help them grow – so you can let our UK weather take care of that. Other garden flora may require sunnier spots or certain PH levels to thrive, but wildflowers will happily grow in whatever you provide them with. Now there’s fuss free gardening you can boast about!
Little prep work
Sowing wildflowers is easy. Pick a spot, strip the area back to bare soil, sow the seed at 5g per m2 and rake in. That’s all there is to it. Even the watering gets done by nature! They are also easy to maintain year on year. At the end of the blooming season (typically the end of August beginning of September) when the flowers have gone dry and crisp, you can cut your meadow down to 7cm using garden shears or a strimmer. Remove the green clippings / material and firm the seedheads into the soil to get your wildflowers to come back. You can also easily seed save.
Due to wildflowers being low maintenance, you can save money on pruning tools, top soil and plant food. The only cost you’ll have is purchasing the seeds in the first place, and they’ll come back year after year for you!
As if these aren’t reason enough to try wildflowers in your garden, we also make it easy to choose what mix to go for and how much you’ll need – alongside our helpful step by step video guides.