Where To Buy The Best Wildflower Seeds
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wildflowers, a beautiful blend of brightly coloured wild blooms scattered across lawns, fields and roundabouts. These joyful flowers bring to mind hazy days of midsummer when, according to Swedish folklore, young women should pick seven different types of flowers and place them beneath their pillows so that they may dream about the man they will marry. If only it were that easy heh? This delightful old tradition is not, of course, something that ladies in the modern world follow and, in fact, I’m not sure that anyone ever did. However, in the spirit of the old tradition, wildflowers still bring something magical to your garden. Like a midsummer night’s dream.
There are two main types of wildflowers – annuals and perennials. Perennials return every year but take a bit longer to establish, whereas, annuals appear 60-80 days after sowing, but usually only have one showing. However, annuals will return the following year if you prep them well.
How long does it take for wildflowers to grow from seed?
Well, this depends on what time of year you sow your wildflower seeds. Normally, wildflowers will begin to grow after a couple of weeks, but you won’t see any blooms until spring. Annuals start flowering from April onwards, whereas, perennials bloom when they’re ready - and this process can take up to a year or even longer.
Wildflowers are relatively easy to grow, as long as they are given the correct conditions. The most important thing to know about wildflowers is that they will need to grow where nothing else is growing, even in areas which are largely unkempt. My advice is to select a suitable area and remove all grass, flora and weeds as well as any debris or objects that are in the way. Wildflowers don’t need a lot of attention in terms of watering, fertilising or food – they simply need adequate space to grow.
Where is the best places to buy wildflower seeds in the UK?
Thompson & Morgan
Thompson & Morgan sells a wide variety of wildflower seeds such as Honey Bee Flower seeds, Butterfly Mix, Poppy Flower seeds and, one of our favourites, Scabiosa Flower seeds.
Here you will find a good selection of wildflower seed mixes, including Pollinator Meadow, Country Lane mix and Meadow For Birds.
If you are looking for decorative wild grass as well as wildflower seeds, this is your best bet. Naturescape sells a great option featuring 80% grass / 20% wildflower meadow mixtures.
At Landlife Wildflowers, you will find a wide range of wildflower seeds from butterfly and bee wildflower seeds, traditional meadow mixes to cornfield annual wildflower seeds. The brand also sells wildflower seeds based on the type of soil you will be growing them in.
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