Wild flower gardens are generally thought to be at their best in spring but this colourful patch was a riot of colour in the middle of August.
Gardeners Tips for Wild Flowers
- Poor soil conditions encourage flowering. Do not fertilise wild flower gardens
- Group flowers with similar flowering times together. it would look to thin and patchy to have a mix of spring and Autumn flowers together.
- Do not be too quick to tidy up. Let the seeds develop and drop so that annual plants renew themselves for next season.
- If possible avoid competition from grass particularly for autumn wild flower gardens as they can choke off the flowering plants.
Wild Flower Mixtures
- General; purpose meadow mixtures may contain, cowslip, oxeye daisy, knapweed, buttercup, campion, vetch and yarrow amongst others.
- Hedgerow mixtures may have wood avens, plantains, agrimony, cowslip, oxeye daisy and knapweed,
- Cornfield mixture as above will have corn cockle, cornflower and poppy and Forget-me-not
- You can also get mixtures for sowing in wet marshes or for pond edges.