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Adding colour to grassy bank

I've got a steep grassy bank at one side of my my drive, which is covered in a hardy grass (not sure what, about 15-20cm high).  I am really keen to get a bit of colour in there (love the idea of wild/meadow flowers). There is now way I can dig clear the area of all the grass, so I need something I can scatter/sow/plant, which will add colour and compete with the established hardy grass. Any ideas?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    Is it the sort of grass you cut back novice or is it just left to look after itself?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I haven't cut it back, it's just left to look after itself. I'll try and post a photo if that helps. I'm down in Cornwall too, so climate is mild and it south facing so gets the sun for most of the day.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    Yes, good idea, do a photo

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    I think you'll have to find away of cutting it if it's going to look good. 

    If it were mine I'd clear a bit at a time and plant up with something tough, lesser knapweed or dog daisies maybe and some cowslips. But everything in gardening needs attention. Wildflower meadows need cutting back at least yearly or they disintegrate into a mess. You could weaken the grass by sowing yellow rattle into it in the autumn. 


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Foxgloves, aqualegia, hardy geraniums, primroses, native bluebells, ferns, honesty, Queen Anne's lace; all the things you find in road-side verges/banks. You will need to strim/brushcut once a year. Cut later rather than earlier then the plants have time to seed.

  • Thank you for the advice.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I have a flat but high border of grass at the front of my house.  It only gets sun in the morning.  I am going to sow some of the many poppy seeds I have in it and also some Cornflowers, other Cornflowers seem to survive down the lane where I live so I hope that will work.  I can't really give advice as I'm not knowledgeable enough but will enjoy reading the answers for more ideas for me too image

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