Majestic wild flowers and grasses, bursting with colour and tranquillity, will be an impressive addition to any garden. Our countryside was once full of meadows bursting with a gorgeous variety of flowering plants, supporting an abundance of wildlife such as butterflies, birds, insect’s and of course bees, vital for our own survival.
Including an area of wild meadow even within a small garden will heighten the senses as you stroll through knee high Oxeye Daisies, long stalked meadow grasses, Cuckoo flowers, Poppies, Corn Flowers, Cosmos and many more. Wild meadows hold many of nature’s secrets, which you can absorb as you sit peacefully amongst natures true carpet. Let your senses take over as you smell the sweet fresh perennials, listen to the humming of busy bees and poetic bird songs.
By creating a wild meadow, you are helping nature in restoring some of our lost treasures and creating a balance to many pristine and manicured gardens that are often not wildlife friendly. Wild meadows can be created for almost any aspect or position, including hedgerows where shade can be an issue, sandy, clay, loam and chalky soils. Therefore, no matter your position, your garden can sustain a beautiful and inspiring wild meadow.
"To take a walk in a wild flower meadow is to experience the enchantment of nature."
Wildflowers & Meadows - Part of our Ecology
Since the early 1930’s we have lost 97% of our wild flower meadows to development or intensive farming techniques, therefore these types of habitats are now one of the rarest within the United Kingdom.
Wildflower Meadows are hugely important for our ecology because they attract flora and fauna that is normally unable to thrive in other conditions, especially in large open and sunny areas where most meadows will form. Creating a wildflower meadow is never an easy task, requiring thought and careful planning to ensure you have the right species for the right soil conditions. However, no matter your aspect we can create a wildflower meadow that will support your own piece of tranquillity and help our much-needed ecosystem thrive for our wildlife.
The choice of wildflowers is wide and varied and can be adapted
to most gardens, including mixtures for sandy, chalky and loam soils, we can even
create a mixture for shade or hedgerows where birds will be attracted and the diversity
will increase as well as helping birds feed in a natural habitat.
"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives."
Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth
- Plant Diversity A wild flower garden should include diversity within the planting to encourage wildlife and growth
- Source of Water A water feature, such as a pond has large potential to support a large variety of wildlife
- Pollinating Flowers A variety of flowers rich in nectar will attract bees and butterflies.
- Habitats The varieties of grasses and flowers will create diverse habitats for the wildlife.
- Creating a Habitat Preferably located in shaded areas, a pile of logs is the ideal place for insects to shelter.
Wildflower Meadow for Every Garden
The importance of choosing a meadow that suites your garden and therefore how successful it will be, depends on many factors.
Perennial meadows thrive best in poor soils because grasses compete less with wildflowers, therefore the flowers will exceed the ratio of grass.
If you have rich or loam soil Corn flowers, Poppies, Cowslips and Oxeye Daises will thrive well and dominate for the first couple of seasons. However, it may be worth considering removing the top layer of soil and sowing directly into a sub-soil, although this is often not practical or cost efficient on larger areas. For smaller areas and gardens you can change an existing border where the soil is naturally rich.
For sandy soils, you can use Oxeye daisies, Corn Poppy, Cranesbill, Yarrow, Meadow Buttercup amongst many others.
For chalky soils we would look to use Wild Marjoram, Scabious, Corn Poppy, Birdsfoot, Salad Burnet, Common Sorrel and many more wonderful species.
"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul."
Entice Your Senses Within Your Garden
Gardens are about senses and wildflower meadows entice almost every sense through sight, sound, touch and sometimes even taste. With this comes the peace and tranquillity we lack so often in our busy lives. Surrounding yourself with natures carpet is a humbling experience and creates a prospect and refuge theory.
Developed by English Landscape Geographer, Jay Appleton, he theorised spaces we thrive to be a part of present us with immense opportunity, however we must be within a place of safety at the time. Principally, by surrounding yourself with wildflowers, grasses, water and wildlife, we heighten our senses for a place to immerse, and carry us to a place of refuge and peace.
Turning Realitity into a Concept
With the design process we like to visualise how your wildflower meadow will look and the transformation this will bring to your garden. Our design team take an image of the garden, which is augmented with computed generated images (CGI). These are edited to produce realistic compositions of your new wildflower meadow.
Just like garden design, wildflower meadows need thought, planning and some elements of design even at the basic level. The bulbs, wildflowers and grasses may be enhanced with fruit trees, pathways, a summer house or even a pond to heighten the tranquillity these beautiful ecological meadows bring to our environment.
"We are able to draw on years of experience"
We offer a one hour free consultation that includes a face-to-face meeting to discuss what you are looking to achieve, the ideas and thoughts of how the garden will look and be implemented. We follow this by a detailed quotation and mood board of associated images that are representative of the proposed garden changes.
We would be absolutely delighted to talk to you and see how we can transform your garden. In the meantime please take a look at some of our other services, Landscape & Garden Design and Garden Maintenance.