Planning your wildflower garden

Wildflower Planning your gardenWildflowers thrive in a variety of habitats, all of which are easy to create in any size of garden.

Wildflower Meadows don’t have to be big – even a small area can support a wide range of plants and the wildlife that depends on them. Start by removing any existing vegetation, ensuring that perennial weeds are eradicated. Avoid using chemical herbicides and pesticides, and avoid applying any kind of fertilizer – wildflowers are tough and have evolved to thrive in poor soils.

Woodland Margins can also be created on a small scale. If there’s no room for trees, climbing shrubs and hedges provide good conditions for woodland plants and shelter for the wildlife they will attract.

Rocks and Old Walls can make excellent wildflower habitats, and are often found in even the smallest gardens. A pile of dead logs left somewhere nearby will provide shelter and breeding opportunities for beneficial insects and small mammals.

Ponds make an ideal focal point in a garden and will quickly attract a range of attractive insects and useful reptiles such as frogs and toads. They also provide drinking and bathing opportunities for birds.

Grown in the UKRHS Pollinators