Wildflowers for a stronger colour sunny meadow display
wildflower plug plant collection
This stronger colour selection of wildflower plugs for a sunny meadow is made up of 13 varieties, with blues, reds and yellows being the main colours, and 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.
- Fox & cubs, Pilosella aurantiaca - bright orange flowers from June to August
- Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi - 30cm tall perennial with bright pink ragged flowers
- Yellow toadflax, Linaria vulgaris - yellow/orange spikes of snapdragon-like flowers in July
- Lesser knapweed, Centaurea nigra - 40-60cm tall with mauve thistle flowers
- Devil's bit scabious, Succisa pratensis - lavender blue flowers in late summer
- Betony, Stachys officinalis - deep magenta flowers in June
- Giant bellflower, Campanula latifolia - grows to 1m tall with blue blooms in summer
- Red campion, Silene dioica - 30-45cm tall with pink-red blooms
- Cowslip, Primula veris - 10-15cm bunches of yellow flowers in May-June
- Meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense - 30-45cm tall with bright blue flowers
- Bloody cranesbill, Geranium sanguineum - 20-30cm tall perennial with magenta flowers
- Maiden pink, Dianthus deltoides - 10-20cm tall perennial herb with dark rose-pink flowers
- Vipers bugloss, Echium vulgare - 30-100cm tall with blue flowers in June
- Hawkweed, Hieracium agg. - grows 30-40cm tall with bright 'dandelion' type flowers
- Heartsease, Viola tricolor - short lived perennial with purple flowers often blotched with yellow
- Sainfion, Onobrychis viciifolia - bright pink racemes of flowers from July to August
- Elecampane, Inula helenium - bright yellow sunflower-like daisies in summer
- Jacobs ladder, Polemonium caeruleum - 30-90cm tall with dark purple flowers
- Yellow horned poppy, Glaucium flavum - 30-45cm grey perennial with clear yellow flowers
- Wild clary, Salvia verbenaca - 30-40cm tall with violet-blue flowers
- Great burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis - 30-60 cm tall perennial with raspberry-like flowers
- Golden rod, Solidago virgaurea - bright yellow flowers from June to September
- Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare - 30-100cm tall perennial with bright yellow button 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
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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