The UK has lost a staggering 97% of its meadows since the Second World War and as a consequence much of the wildlife that depended on them.
Wildflower plants provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Many of our native wildflowers are also important food plants, for example Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus; 160 different species of invertebrates are known to feed on this wildflower, more than any other herb in Britain (Plantlife).
Even in a small space you can incorporate wildflowers into your garden, whether it be a border, container or a mini meadow patch.
You can plant out wildflower plug plants all year round as long as the ground is not frozen, waterlogged or baked dry.
So if you would like to create a buzzing wildlife haven it’s time to get planting! Here’s how in 5 easy steps:
Making a Wildflower Area with Plug Plants in 5 Easy Steps
Assess the soil type and aspect of the site. Choose your plug plant collection accordingly for either Full Sun, Semi-Shade or Shade.
If you have a particular soil type you may like to try one of the following collections Clay,