Garden design isn’t just about hard landscaping, structural planting and water features. Sometimes naturalistic planting is just what an area needs, and in the past year, sales of UK wildflower seeds have increased by 60%, thanks partly to renewed interest fuelled by the stunning wildflower meadows at the Olympic Park in 2012.
I’ve produced some stunning results simply by planting a wildflower garden. It doesn’t matter if you have a small, domestic garden or a large meadow, there are a myriad benefits.
Wildflower gardens are not only good for wildlife – attracting insects and birds – but the riot of colour they produce from spring through until the end of summer is just spectacular.
The emergence of flowers and the type of plants that flower will also vary from year to year according to temperature, moisture and available nutrients. This will ensure that no two years are the same to give a constantly changing landscape.
So what is the simplest way of creating a wildflower meadow?
As an accredited partner of Wildflower Turf, who created several bespoke wildflower mixes for the 2012 Olympics, we recommend and install their ‘soil-less’ system. We’ve looked at several products on the market, and this system is by far one of the best because it is weed suppressing, easy to handle and delivers a guaranteed wildflower coverage within just a few weeks.
It is also suitable for a range of soil types too, and is shade and drought tolerant. Our customers also like the fact that it is extremely easy to maintain, requiring only one to two cuts per year.
For further information or advice on Wildflower Turf call Andi direct on 01902 376500.
By Andi Way from Boningale Garden Creations.