Tips to Grow Different Types of Wildflowers


Wildflowers are an easy-to-care for and long-lasting addition to any garden. Often planted as annual or perennial meadows, they are an animal-friendly alternative to lawns or a quick and easy way to fill a border. Don’t know which varieties to choose? The easiest way is to use a thematic mix of wildflowers. You can also choose individual varieties of wildflower seeds if you prefer to focus on your favorites. Here are our top ten wildflowers and how to grow them.

1. Cornflower ‘sapphire Tiara’

The intense and azure flowers of the cornflower ‘sapphire Diadem’ were once commonplace in the golden cornfields. This charming annual makes an unforgettable impression on grassy meadows and summer borders. Sow between March and May for flowers in June, July and August. Bright sapphire flowers reach 75 cm and look great even in a Vase.

2. Key flower (Primula veris)

The stiff stems of Primula veris, which receives an RHS Award of Garden Merit, bear swirls of drooping yellow flowers on strips of lush medium green foliage. Perfect ground cover in natural planting schemes, the delicate scent of these edible flowers is an added bonus. When they reach a height of 25 cm, sow your seeds between March and May for flowers in June, July and August.

3. Meadow mix

Our meadow mix contains more than 30 species of pretty wildflowers, including women’s Libwort, meadow buttercup, corn chamomile, wild nutmeg, Keyflower, crane, ox-eyed daisy and many others. With different heights from 20 to 150 cm, some flowers appear in the first summer after sowing, while the others appear in spring, summer or autumn of the following year.

4. Lychnis flos-cuculi

Lychnis flos-cuculi (Serrated blackbird) is a perennial wildflower with delicate bright pink flowers and pretty ragged petals that bloom from May to August. A good choice for difficult and humid areas of the garden, the stems vary in height from 25 cm to 100 cm.

5. Wild Poppy

The bright scarlet flowers of the wild poppy (Papaver rhoeas) traditionally adorn cornfields with bright scarlet flowers. Sow your seeds in thick strips for a bold red carpet, or randomly sprinkle them around their edges and wait for the flowers to look through your perennials. An annual flower that happily self-seeds, you can expect your poppies to return every year in early summer. Sowing between March and October.

6. Cornfield mix

Sow the cornfield mixture along the paths or near your vegetable garden, where the nectar-rich flowers attract beneficial pollinating insects and predators. White Campion, corn chamomile, Field forget-me-nots and poppy seeds are only part of this varied mixture. The plants vary in height from 15 cm to 60 cm and bloom in summer.

7. Card

The carde is a large, showy thistle-like plant with serrated leaves and large, spiny flower heads. It is a valuable source of nectar for bees and butterflies, attracting seed-eating birds to your garden. This biennial plant seeds freely once established, and the purple flowers appear Until July and August.

8. Fritillaria meleagris

The charming bell-shaped flowers of Fritillaria meleagris are immediately recognizable by their distinctive snake-skin markings. Snakehead moths look best planted in drifts, preferring damp shady areas and informal grassy areas. Sow these rare native flowers between March and May for flowers in the same months of the following year.

9. Mix of butterflies

Ideal for creating bold and varied gradients in your garden, the butterfly mixture is specially designed to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. Turn part of your garden or allotment into a wildlife refuge by sowing the seeds on soil prepared in the spring. Their flowers appear between June and September.

10. Wildflower ‘Woodland Shade mix’

To brighten up the darkest corners of the garden, Woodland Shade Mix includes native thimbles, sweet peas, forget-me-nots and more shaded forest species. Sprinkle the mixture directly from the can and rake into the soil where you want your colorful wildflower mixture to grow. If you sow the seeds in the spring and fall, expect some species to bloom the same year and others the following year between April and September.

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