Low growing flowers for lawn alternative
Last year I got a bit lazy with my mowing (small lawn originally from turf) and it ended up long and scraggly, so that when I did eventually mow it there were a few big ugly tufts and areas of bare soil.
So, I made the decision to kill it all off and look into a more wildlife friendly, low maintenence alternative. My thoughts were:
1) No mowing (save an end of year tidy up if needed)
2) No grass at all.
3) Low growing flowers (say up to 4"), or ones that put up a single tall stem with flower atop (Scabious, Fox and Cubs, Creeping/meadow buttercup?)
4) Pollen/nectar rich where possible.
What I'm thinking is as follows, use a "base" of Thymus serpyllum (Wild Thyme) either by sowing seed direct or plugs, or both (belt and braces?)
Into that add other varieties I discover and grow or buy in plugs. Ones I've chosen so far are as follows:
Dutch White Clover (very low variety)
Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Small scabious - Can't find a low variety, but this is an absoute hero when it comes to bees/insects
Fox and Cubs - I like this flower, shoots up quick after mowing, I'd probably just keep deadheading.
Pheasant's Eye (Adonis Annua) - I just like it, never tried growing it.
Scarlet Pimpernel - I just like it and the colour
Has anyone attempted anything similar? Would appreciate any pointers or advice based on what you've found, or any low varieties you may know of that bees love.
Many thanks in advance