Gardening

How to create a Wildflower Border

Creating a wildflower border is an ideal way to bring a splash of colour to your garden during the summer months. From the cooling blue of cornflowers to the fiery red of poppies, the range of flowers you can grow easily from seed is astounding.

Wildflower border from seed
We sowed this wildflower border from seed, it also had Sunflowers and Borage (below)

Wildflower border grown from seed - Sunflowers and Borage
I always think that a wildflower border is an ideal addition to a garden for two reasons. One, it brings colour, shape and texture that you can see from your house. Reason two, it helps to attract pollinators to your garden.

You can still do it now, even from seed. I’ve only recently sown a wildflower mix into the central border in my garden, and the seeds have only taken about a week to germinate. I bought a wildflower seed mix and did some direct sowing.

Standard Rose Red and Pink Dwarf Cosmos
Standard Rose and Dwarf Cosmos

So, how do you create a wildflower border?

Clear the ground of all weeds. The easiest way to do this is to rake over the ground, making sure that all the big rocks have been removed, as well as the larger clumps of earth. The ground should be raked into a fine texture.

Water the ground with a fine spray before you sow your seeds. This gives the seeds a slightly damper base to sink into, and means that they won’t get washed away if you water again after.

You can direct sow the seeds in two different ways. One is sow them in straight rows, the other way is to scatter sow them.

  • If you’re sowing them in rows, check the back of the seed pack for instructions on how deep they need to be.
  • If you’re scattering them, then make sure that the seeds don’t all land in the same area. This can cause overcrowding when the seedlings start to germinate and grow.

Gently flatten down the areas where the seeds have been sown. Don’t trample down too hard, but make sure that the seeds are firmly laid in the soil. If needed, spread a new layer of compost on top of the seeds so they don’t get blown away.

If you haven’t got flower borders to turn into a wildflower meadow, then don’t panic. You could always make your own mini wildflower border with containers.

Mix the seeds together before sowing, and make sure that the pots are large enough to support any plants with longer stems.

What do you think? Do you have a wildflower border in your own garden, and if you do, has it grown well? What advice would you give to others before they start creating their own wildflower border?

Please do tell me about your own experiences in the comments below, and share on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook so that everyone can experience the joy of seeing a waving sea of wildflower heads.

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