There is nothing quite like the sight of a wildflower meadow in full bloom during the height of summer. The romantic-looking flowers gently wave in the breeze, creating a harmonious, joyful feeling as well as attracting pollinating insects.

The good news is that wildflowers can be included in your garden, not just in a meadow. And they can be grown in any size area, be it small or large and cheaply from seed.

Wildflower seed mixes are widely available from specialist and non-specialist seed companies. As well as in seed packets from garden centres and plant nurseries. There is a wide choice of different wildflower combinations.

Where to sow wildflower seeds

Most wildflowers prefer to grow in open, sunny, competition-free conditions so avoid areas of heavy shade and thick grass. Also try to avoid where weeds such as nettles, thistles and bindweed are growing in abundance.

Avoid heavy, clay soils as water-logged soil could kill seedlings. If growing in a container or window box place in a bright, sunny spot.

wildflower seeds in hand

Where to sow wildflower seeds

Early spring (March/April) is an ideal time to sow wildflower seeds.

This is because many seeds need a period of very cold weather before germination can take place.

How to sow wildflower seeds

There are several ways to sow seeds:

Sowing wildflowers indoors

Wildflowers sown indoors

They can be started indoors by sowing in seed trays filled with peat-free, multi-purpose compost, following instructions on the packet.

Keep out of direct sunlight but in a light spot, ensuring the compost stays moist but is not overwatered.

Seedlings can be transplanted to their final positions once all risk of frost has passed.

Alternatively scatter seed onto an area in the garden of pre-prepared, weed and large stone-free soil.

Make sure the soil has been raked level and is reasonably moist before sowing. And then sow thinly and evenly rather than thickly. Mixing the seeds with a handful of dry sand can help make it easier to scatter them. This also shows clearly where seeds have been sown.

Using the back of your rake to lightly press the seeds into the soil will help with successful germination. But be careful not to bury them too deeply.  Keep the patch well-watered until seedlings appear.

Newly sown seeds may need protection from birds. In which case place a row of CDs around the area and/or plastic birds of prey.

Wildflowers sown outdoors

Sowing wildflower seeds now will produce a wonderful return later, helping out beneficial bugs in your garden.

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