Which wild flowers will grow in my area?

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Wild flowers are amazing aren’t they?  Some of them pop up where you really don’t want to see them (in the middle of the lawn in my case).  Some of them are very fussy indeed about where they grow.

The good news is, that the majority of wild flowers in the UK will grow in the majority of soils….providing that the soil hasn’t been enriched with fertilisers.

How do I know which wild flowers will grow in my garden?

First of all, look in the hedgerows and road verges in your area.  If you live in the town, that might seem difficult but if you’re very observant you’ll see them.  On roundabouts, in unkempt lawns, sneaking in between the carefully placed plants in the supermarket car park, in the cracks in the pavement, beside the train tracks, by the canal…there are more of them than you first think.

colourful wild flowers in verge

Its amazing how many different wildflowers you can see if you really look closely

Even better, pack a picnic and go for a walk in the countryside not too far from where you live. 

Your camera is your best friend when looking for wild flowers.  Take pictures of the flowers and foliage so that you can identify them when you get home. 

Take note too of the conditions where they’re growing.  Sun or shade? Wet soil or dry?

Soil type is important – the poorer the better

Soil type is vital if you want to grow some of the more specialist wild flowers.  Things like pH and moisture content are crucial.  However, more common wild flowers are usually only fussy about the nutrient content. 

To be on the safe side, buy in some low nutrient topsoil. 

Sun or shade?

Wild flower species are adapted to live in quite specific conditions.  Some like shade, some like sunshine and rarely do you find one that likes both.

red campion

Red campion blooms in late spring and early colour and favours shadier spots

chicory flower

Chicory flowers in mid-late summer and loves sunshine - although it can cope with very light shade

buttercup

Buttercups are a cheery sight and they make surprisingly good cut flowers too.  They are sun-lovers

The brightest, most striking flowers are the sun-lovers however there are some very pretty shade lovers too.  Think red campions, bluebells, primroses, plantains and sorrel.

Find a wildflower mix that suits your garden

The growers of Meadowmat wild flower matting have put together five different mixes of wild flowers that will grow happily in UK parks and gardens.

These are available as seed or as wild flower turf.

 

Wild flowers for sunny gardens

Traditional Meadowmat

Cottage Garden Meadowmat

Meadowmat for Birds and Bees

Meadowmat for Roofmeadows

Wild flowers for light shade

These need to be in full sun for at least half of the day

Traditional Meadowmat

Meadowmat for Birds and Bees

Wild flowers for shady spots

Woodland Shade Meadowmat

 

Meadowmat wild flower species – got a favourite wildflower?  Discover which plants the growers have matched with it to make one of the Meadowmat variaties

http://www.meadowmat.com/blog/meadowmat-flower-species/