Wildflower meadows. Why bother?

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It is hard to imagine British literature, art, poetry, and music without references to wildflowers, and the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, D. H. Lawrence, William Morris, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and many others would be seriously diminished without the richness of our native flora for inspiration. Shakespeare alone mentions over 100 native wildflowers and plants in his plays and sonnets.

But pleasing the eye is not the only good reason to establish a meadow in your garden…

…they can also play a very important role in:

– Attracting pollinators. Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth depends on pollinators, this include precious edible crop. In the last 70 years, two bee species have become extinct, and only 8 of the 24 species left are commonly found. Our other native pollinators – hoverflies, butterflies, and moths – are in decline too.

{photo credit: Luc Viatour}

– Preserving UK wildflower heritage. Since 1945, the 97% of wildflower meadows in the UK have vanished, causing not only the loss of precious British flora but contributing to the decline of the above-mentioned pollinators. The loss of British native flowers, often replaced by more attractive/performing cultivars is paragonable to the loss of independent shops in the high street, promptly replaced by shop chains.

Ann-Marie Powell has an extensive knowledge in native flowers and knows how a well planned and professionally installed meadow can transform not only your garden, but the surrounding landscape as well. Here some of her favorites meadow perennials:

 Onosis spinosa – Spiny Restharrow

{photo credit: H. Zell}

Linaria vulgaris – Common Toadflax 

{photo credit: Michael H. Lemmer}

Leucanthemum vulgare –  Oxeye daisy

{Photo credit: Lupus in Saxonia}

Sileneflos cuculi (ex. Lychnisflos-cuculi) – Ragged Robin 

{photo credit: TeunSpaans}

Knautia arvensis – Field Scabious

{photo credit: fi:Käyttäjä:kompak }

 

Some examples of Ann-Marie’s gardens featuring meadows to inspire:

Thinking of including a wildflower meadow into your garden but not sure where to start?  

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