Wildflower plants for woodland edge
carole.stewart52 Posts: 1
I am hoping to create a small wildflower area at edge of woodland. To start by clearing grass and seeding with rattle. once established can you suggest perennial plants? How can I deter squirrels and encourage insects eg ladybirds? Carole S
As far as wildflowers for woodland edges, Foxgloves and Bluebells as Blue Onion and Posy suggested, though Bluebells will spread prolifically.
I'd also add Daffodils and one or two of Primrose, Cowslip or Oxlip (Primula Vulgaris, Veris, Elatior)
Also depending on how 'weedy' you are willing to tolerate and how large your 'small' patch is some of these might interest you, being wildflowers that grow in woodland/woodland edges but do investigate further as to whether they might seed or creep around too much for the area you have in mind:
Columbine/Granny's Bonnet (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
Red Campion (Silene dioica)
Nettle-leaved Bellflower (Campanula trachelium)
Lesser (Stellaria graminea) or Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)
Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
If the site is south facing it would be worth trying other perennial wildflowers though; mulleins, toadflax, agrimony, knapweed etd.
I suspect that one key is at least some soil prep.
There are some examples, amongst other things, on this thread.
One suggestion is to use a mix everywhere, then some special plants as plugs.