For the past two years we have left a border purely for wild flowers to grow and to be honest it has been rubbish.  Seed companied are charging the earth(no pun intended) for them so I bought some on line with a few packets of cornflowers fro suttons.



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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,221

    You could save your own seed such as poppies. Then scatter  early next season.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • agreed but i wanted more of a meadow effect with varied species, we love the poppies lots of dead heading but worth it


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,221

    I dont deadhead. That way there is lots of seeds for next year. 

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Have you looked at Suffolk seeds, which I think sell packets of individual varieties?  Avoid the big companies.  I don't think their germination rates are very good.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,221

    Try pictorial meadows in Sheffield. hey have different mixes depending on what type you want.


    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Have you thought about using perennial wildflowers as the backbone of the meadow? I have some harebells in a border, and plan to grow red clover and bird's foot trefoil as plugs to naturalise in an area of grass. Picking a selection of the varieties that work best, if you can identify them, could be a good idea.



  • Have you thought about using a seed mat or tape instead? I noticed with I treat coincidentally GW mag had 10% of seed tape!!? Failing that follow the seed share thread for free swap seeds I know people I. There are looking for yellow rattle if you have any!! N

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    what do you see as a meadow effect? the plants you have there are the sort that used to grow as weeds in cornfields. Isthat what you want or are you thinking more of an old hay meadow or the prairie planting as Piet Oudolf does

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,340

    Looks as if the couple of packets of seed have done you well. I've tried mixes of woodland, perennials and wildflowers from the likes of johstones etc.

    It's been enough to get things started but on the whole I find that growing the actually plant/flower from seed that you want has been quicker, better and cheaper.....you can collect the seed as well


  • Two years is not very long if you want to create a flower meadom ( or boarder ). It could take several years be patient and you will reap the rewards.

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