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which are the best wildflowers to grow in pots as i have only a countyard garden


  • I have some dwarf cornflower (I think they're called 'midget blue') that seem to be coming along well in pots; they're not strictly wildflowers but the bees love 'em.  You could try red clover and birds-foot trefoil too

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I like Ox-eye daisies, but if I had a courtyard garden I would grow lavender to benefit the pollinators.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    This is an interesting idea. I've not actually tried growing wildflowers in pots before, but I am trying it this year, as an experiment. There is a wide range of wildflowers, and I'm only trying a tiny sample.

    Botticelliwoman wrote (see)

    ... You could try red clover ..

    This is red clover, in a pot. Until I saw clover growing by itself, I didn't realise what the plant actually looked like, or how it might want to behave. It actually wants to send out runners, somewhat like a strawberry...
    Botticelliwoman wrote (see)

    ... and birds-foot trefoil too

    And this is Bird's Foot Trefoil...


    This is a Campion, actually growing in grass, but I think it would make a decent pot plant...

    This one's called Salad Burnett, the flowers are a bit dull...

    Scabious (a plant from last year), good for bees and butterflies...

    I think wild marjoram would be good too. I'm raising this from seed, sowed a few weeks ago, so they are only tiny seedlings at the moment...

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Majorum from your pots will seed itself everywhere - I love it so have no problem at all with that.  Even in a courtyard garden it will find the tiniest windblown soil and grow.  

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Bookertoo wrote (see)

    Majorum from your pots will seed itself everywhere - I love it so have no problem at all with that.  Even in a courtyard garden it will find the tiniest windblown soil and grow.  

    Allowing wildflowers to seed themselves onto a patio is another interesting idea, though it won't appeal to everyone.

    In message #3, Kate mentioned growing ox-eye daisies in a pot. Last year I had an ox-eye daisy in a pot, and it self-seeded. So this year I have lots of ox-eyes coming up in the paving. I know that many people would get rid of them..

    This is another wildflower, cat's ear (completely uninvited)...

    And this is a naturally self-seeded foxglove...

  • Karen GreenKaren Green Posts: 11

    oregano would be nice - you could use it too. Lavender and Rosemary would live well in pots aswell



  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Oregano, or majoram, does do well in pots, but as I mentioned before, it does self seed everywhere.  We have several different types doing so, which I find Ok, but maybe in a smaller space might become overpowering.   It is amazing how big plants can make enough roots in what appears to be the tiniest of cracks and spaces - particularly foxgloves and verbascum.  Another vigourous self sower is columbine, unless you have the sterile new hybrids, they appear in the most amazingy tiny areas, as do the tiny daisies whose name I can't reacall just now - I had them in a pot from whence they seeded to the front steps - where they grow happily, though the potfull went years ago.  White tall campanula self seeds enthusiastically as well, again into the most incredible of places, as does blue lobelia from the hanging baskets.    I love all this self seeding, even if they are not specifically 'wild' plants, they are acting that way. 

  • Last year my parents brought me a pack of wild flower seeds.  My time was limited to the garden last year as we was doing lots of renovation in the house.  I had a large rectangle wooden flower box out the front of the house so I literally opened the pack tipped the seeds into my hands and scattered them.  What a display I had and this year they have reseeded themselves back in the pot and around the front garden but it looks great and will be even better in another few weeks when the others grow.

    I want to great a small wild garden/meadow out the back so this year from Emorsgate Seeds I have chosen wild flower seeds for more specific areas I am to grow these in the green house over the winter ready to plant in my prepared grass next spring (Preparation to grass to be down in the autumn) Emorsgate seeds are more expensive than ones just off the self  but they all come from the uk, website is very helpful highly recommend.



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