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Wildflower guide

If you want to create a sweeping wildflower meadow, then plant 4 wildflowers per metre and watch as it self-seeds and matures. The wildflowers we grow at buy-trees-online are selected as those which are unlikely to germinate without specialist nursery help, or which can do with a little help with establishment. Each wildflower is grown in our easyplant root system which has a narrowed container, making them very easy to plant and guaranteed not to be pot bound. Unlike many shop-bought plants, our plants and wildflowers are easy to plant and establish.

This is a great project for anyone with a bit of land which they want to look naturalistic with wildflowers but which will also help supress weeds. Beautiful, low maintenance and loved by bees, what's stopping you establishing your own wildflower meadow?

For specific guidance, look at the type of ground each wildflower likes and plant a mixture. However, nature will dictate what it likes and one of the most popular methods of planting wildflowers is simply to choose a random mixture of wildflowers which take your fancy and plant them randomly throughout the area. They will self-seed and self-select till their heart's content and your wildflower meadow will become more beautiful and packed as each season passes.

Lesser Knapweed

Centaurea nigra

The lesser knapweed flowers are abosolutlely adored by bees and butterflies.

lesser knapweed wildflower thistle

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

The foxglove makes a stunnigly tall, slender addition to your garden and will self seed easily. A wonderfully archetypal British wildflower.

Foxglove

Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria

Known as the Queen of the Meadow, Meadowsweet has been used as a herb and produces tightly clustered, white flowers between June and September.

meadowsweet wildflower

Field scabious

Knautia arvensis

The Field Scabious will grow to around 100cm and produce a bright, pink flower from July to September.

field scabious wildflower

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

Also know as the Dog Daisy, the ox-eye daisy is larger than the common daisy and will stand at around 50cm, flowering May-September

ox-eye daisy wildflower

Cowslip

Primula veris

The cowslip is known as a primrose in some parts of Britain, as both the cowslip and common primrose flower between March and May, before most other native flowers.

cowslip wildflower

Primrose

Primula vulgaris

Mounds of buttery-yellow primrose flowers lie low to the ground and herald the advent of spring from March until May.

primrose wildflower

White Campion

Silene alba

White Campion is a biennial plant suited to a wide range of soils and producing white flowers between May and August.

white campion wildflower

Red Campion

Silene dioica

Red Campion grows to around 40cm, producing delicate dark pink flowers. If you want easy-to-establish informal colour in your garden, then a Red Campion is wonderful choice.

red campion wildflower