18 June 2014 By Claudia de Yong
Attracting wildlife to gardens has never been so popular and with many show garden designers devoting areas in their designs to pictorial meadow style planting, wildflowers are seeing a bit of a renaissance. Mixed meadows in Kent with orchids, yellow rattle and cornflowers about to open.
Close up of an Orchid flowering in a wildflower meadow in Kent. The Olympic Park planting was also testament to this style and many new and old seed specialist companies offer a variety of mixes which suit almost any soil type as well as shady areas and around the roots of trees.
Great Dixter in East Sussex home to the late Christopher Lloyd and Highgrove in the Cotswolds, the country home of Prince Charles are two well known gardens which have wonderfully managed wildflower meadows.
Most people tend to think of the wildflower meadow as summer flowering but you can have a spring meadow first with dwarf narcissus, fritillaries, cowslips and camassia for example like they have done successfully at West Dean Gardens in Sussex.
My work involves a lot of wildlife ponds and I love to plant an area with wildflowers to encourage the many insects into the garden. You can use wildflower turf which is already sown with the correct amount of plants (word of warning if you want a hernia avoid doing this on your own as the turf weighs a ton!).
There has also been a drive for developers to use meadow style planting in building projects and to leave sites better for bio diversity after development. This has been linked as part of a code for sustainable Homes and Breeam, which is the environmental assessment and rating for buildings.
So why not plant a small meadow in your garden or even in a small pot and get that wildlife ‘bug’!
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A specialist in the design of ponds and water features, lakes and streams, Claudia has also designed many private gardens in London and the South of England for a prestigious list of clients.