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Wildflowers can be some of the easiest garden flora to sow, grow and maintain. Aside from their beautiful blooms, wildflowers will attract bees, butterflies and more. When not in bloom, wildflower meadows can also provide a habitat for local wildlife. Whilst it is easy to sow wildflowers, they do need good seedbed preparation and there are some other factors you need to consider before sowing.
Number one on your list to consider, is site selection.
In order for your wildflowers to grow well, you’ll need to sow them in an area free of grass, weeds or flora.
The first step in sowing wildflowers is to choose a suitable site for sowing, and this will influence your wildflower choice. You should consider;
● The size of the area ● The soil type of the area ● The shade level of the area ● The overall look you are trying to achieve
The size of the area
Some wildflower mixes contain grass, and some do not. The main reason for mixes including grass is to keep weeds from popping up, and to create a year-round habitat for wildlife.
Mixes without grass are mainly for display to be used in a flower bed or border.
For a large area, we recommend that you sow a wildflower mix that contains grass. This helps to keep the area weed free. For a smaller area you can also sow a mix that contains grass, but if you want to have a full flower bed – you should sow a 100% wildflower mix.
The soil type of the area
The second thing you should consider is the soil type where you are going to sow your wildflowers.
Most of our wildflowers suit normal soil conditions, but our Clay Display mix is specially suited for growing in clay soils and introduces a kaleidoscope of colour to your garden.
The shade type of the area
You should also consider how much shade there is in the area.
If it receives a considerable amount of shade then our Shade Showcase mix will grow best here as it contains wildflower species that simply love shadier spots in your garden.