Wildflowers for a boggy meadow
wildflower plug plant collection
This wonderful collection of 13 varieties of wild plug plants for wet areas will arrive in a tray of 104 plants. This will cover an area of approximately 21m², planting 5 plants per 1m².
The plugs are young plants, not seedlings, and cost just over 64 pence each. Each individual plug's root volume is approximately 55cc, with a diameter of 36mm and a depth of 60mm. The top growth will depend on the variety and the time of year.
Below is what you can expect in your collection, depending on availability.
- Sneezewort, Achillea ptarmica - 30-60cm tall with white flowers
- Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria - 60-100cm tall with cream flowers
- Water avens, Geum rivale - 20-30cm tall with peach-red blooms
- Yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacorus - 40-200cm tall stately iris
- Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi - 30-45cm tall with bright pink ragged flowers
- Purple loosetrife, Lythrum salicaria - 45-60cm tall with rosy-magenta flower spires
- Meadow buttercup, Ranunculus acris - 40-100cm tall perennial with lemon-yellow flowers
- Lady's smock, Cardamine pratensis - 15-30cm tall with pink, spring blooms
- Greater bird's foot trefoil, Lotus uliginosus - 30cm tall perennial with yellow flowers
- Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris - 30-45cm tall with bright yellow, buttercup-like blooms
- Lesser spearwort, Ranunculus flammula - 30-50cm creeping perennial with pale yellow flowers
- Watercress, Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum - spreading perennial with white flowers
- Celery-leaved buttercup, Ranunculus scleratus - 45-60cm tall annual with small yellow flowers
- Gipsywort, Lycopus europaeus - 30-100cm tall
- Hemp agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum - 45-60cm tall with pink flowers
- Water mint, Mentha aquatica - 30-40cm tall with pink flowers
- Garden care: Your plug plants should be planted out as soon as they arrive.
- Planting Plugs into Bare Soil: Wildflowers thrive in soils which have a low nutrient content, so it is best to avoid using fertilisers for at least one year before you plant. The area should also be clear of perennial weeds. As a general rule, you should allow 5 plugs to a square metre. Try to plant them randomly, putting 3 of the same species together if you can. The shorter or smaller species e.g. cowslip or centaury look best in clumps of 5, the taller ones like knapweeds or ox-eye daisies look best in groups of 2 or 3 to a square metre. If you want more immediate colour, you can put your plugs in, and then scatter the Cornfield Seed Collection over the whole area. These will give you a good show in the first year, but die out as the perennials wildflowers take hold - just click on the following link to go straight to them.
Cornfield Seed Collection
- Planting Plugs into Grass: First cut the grass as low as you can get it. If there is a ‘thatch’ then scarify it (you need to get the plugs into contact with the soil). There should be no reason to kill the grass first before planting, although very modern, tough lawn mixes may out-compete the wildflowers. In general, if your grass is wild or pre-1970 it will be O.K. to plant straight into it. If you are worried that it is very vigorous, try mowing, removing the cuttings, scarifying, and then rake yellow rattle seed (Rhinanthus minor) into the grass. This is semi-parasitic on grass, and once established it will reduce the lawns vigour by up to 50%. All ancient meadows have this plant.
- When to Plant:The best time to plant is autumn to late spring when the ground is cool and damp, however it is poss
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Q:Hi, i'm wondering how fast these would grow when planted this time of year? I'm creating a habitat for an exhibition in 2 months and am trying to find marsh land plants that would develop in time? Many thanksAsked on 6/23/2014 by fargosta from London
It is difficult to be specific as growth rates are largely determined by external factors, but I would expect the plants to grow pretty quickly at this time of the year.Answered on 6/26/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:When to plant Wildflower Plant Plugs
Hi, I was wondering if you could advise me if it is a good time of year to plant out (and order) wildflower plant plugs to attract the butterflies? I look forward to hearing from you TamsinAsked on 3/11/2010 by Tamsin Boyle
A:Many thanks - I will get ordering now! Regards, TamsinAnswered on 3/11/2010 by Tamsin Boyle
A:Hello Tamsin, Now in March is the perfect time to plant and once they get in to ground, they will make speedy growth throughout the summer. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/11/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What wildflower meadow should I buy?
We are overhauling our natural dew pond at home and are in search of a meadow we can plant in March. We are on clay and the ground is very boggy. Could you point me in the right direction?Asked on 1/1/2005 by Richard Talbot
A:We sell a collection of plug plants that are suited for boggy soil on our site. These will become established much faster than seeds, so you will have a good-looking meadow in the first year. Below is the link to the relevant page with all the information on it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000004162&CategoryID=Answered on 1/5/2005 by Crocus