Pam Lewis's key wildflowers for a summer meadow

Pam Lewis has a beautiful wildlife garden near Dorchester in Dorset.  The garden is called Sticky Wicket and boasts a wild flower meadow, a fruit forest and a nectar garden.  wwww.stickywicketgarden.com

Pam has published a book entitled "Making a Wildflower Meadow" (available from Amazon.co.uk) and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to gardening for wildlife.

Here are her 9 key wild flowers for a summer meadow, as published in the July issue of Gardens Illustrated magazine.

common knapweed1. Common knapweed


Common knapweed Centaura nigra is an easy to establish all rounder, providing weeks of colour and a valuable food source for insects and birds.

 

 

 

birdsfoot trefoil2. Birdsfoot trefoil

Birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus is an important food and nectar plant for the declining common blue butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

devils bit scabious

 

 

3. Devil's bit scabious

Pam describes Devil's bit scabious Succisa pratensis as a "joyful" plant.  It's a food source for the very rare marsh fritillary butterfly

 

 

meadow cranesbill

 

4. Meadow cranesbill

Meadow cranesbill Geranium pratense is a glamorous addition to the meadow an is also attractive to bees.

 

 

 

 

 

oxeye daisies in mini meadow5. Oxeye daisy

Oxeye daisyLeucanthemum vulgare, is a species that is often prolific in newly created meadows but gradually diminishes as a more permanent plant community develops.

 

6. Sorrel

Sorrel, Rumex acetosa is a food plant for the small copper butterfly.  Pam Lewis says she loves the way it glows in sunlight

 

 

 

 

ragged robin

 

7. Ragged robin

Ragged robinLychnis flos-cuculi is a plant struggling to survive in the wild because of modern farming techniques.  The flowers have an endearing fragility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

yellow rattle in grassland8. Yellow rattle

Yellow rattle, Rhianthus minor, is a pretty plant and useful in meadow management as it is semi-parasitic on grasses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tufted vetch9. Tufted vetch

Tufted vetch, Vicia cracca, scrambles into hedges and as well as being a very pretty grassland component, it is often visited by colourful day-flying burnet moths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make your own summer wild flower meadow

Most of Pam Lewis's key wild flowers also feature in Meadowmat's traditional wild flower turf.  Take a look at this video and see how easy it is to make your own wild flower meadow.