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Wildflowers - small area

Hi there

I'd love to hear people's advice on wildflower/wildgrasses ratio. 

I'm in the middle of planning a wildflower area. It's next to a small block of flats, where roundabout are mostly formal urban planting plots - shrubs, hebe etc. However, in this area (triangular in shape, about 4 or 5m sq) I'd like to grow some wildflowers for biodiversity.

Given the setting, I'm not sure whether to go for 80% grass/20% wildflowers or simply 100% wildflowers. My worry with the former is it may look a bit out of place, whereas the latter could end up looking weedy in the non-flowering months.

Any thoughts and opinions would be welcome.

Thank you.

Philip

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,913
    I would go for 100% wildflowers to give them a chance. The grasses will grow anyway, from seed already in the ground. If you get a mix from one of the specialists, it will have some perennials for the following years, and some annuals for the first year.
    Try Pictorial meadows ltd, or Emorsgate seeds.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,913
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,776
    I would try and get wild flower seed that is a suited to your soil and position as possible. You can buy mixes for exact soil types. One of the big challenges can be to not let the wild flower seed dry out once planted. This can be tough if not easy water source is close by. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,913
    A lot of "wild flower patch" seeds sold cheaply such as poundland etc, give a pretty mix but are not true British wild flowers.
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,776
    Lots of research will really help.
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