Wildflowers for a sunny meadow
wildflower plug plant collection
This wonderful collection of 13 varieties of wild plug plants for sunny 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.
- Yarrow, Achillea millefolium - 15-40cm tall with white/pink flowers
- Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria - 30-60cm tall with yellow flowerspikes
- Lesser knapweed, Centaurea nigra - 40-60cm tall with mauve thistle flowers
- Greater knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa - 60-100cm tall with purple flowers
- Centaury, Centaurium erythraea - 15-20cm tall with pink flowers
- Basil, Clinopodium vulgare - 25-35cm tall with rosy-pink flowers all summer
- Red valerian, Centranthus ruber - 45cm tall with fragrant red flowers
- Dropwort, Filipendula vulgaris - 30-45cm tall with cream and pink flowers
- Lady's bedstraw, Galium verum - groundcover with tiny yellow flowers
- Meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense - 30-45cm tall with bright blue flowers
- Rock rose, Helianthemum nummularium - 15cm tall with bright yellow flowers
- Perforate St.John's wort, Hypericum perforatum - 30-45cm tall with yellow blooms
- Common catsear, Hypochaeris radicata - 15-30cm tall with yellow flowers
- Field scabious, Knautia arvensis - 30-60cm tall with pale blue flowers
- Meadow vetchling, Lathyrus pratensis - 30-45cm tall with yellow flowers
- Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare - 30-45cm white 'moon' daisy
- Bird's foot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus - 15-30cm tall with yellow flowers
- Musk mallow, Malva moschata - 30-45cm tall with delicate pink flowers
- Marjoram, Origanum vulgare - 30cm tall with pink flowers in August
- Jacob's ladder, Polemonium caeruleum - 30-90cm tall with dark purple flowers
- Ribwort plantain, Plantago lanceolata - 15-30cm with brownish flowers
- Cowslip, Primula veris - 10-15cm bunches of yellow flowers in May-June
- Selfheal, Prunella vulgaris - 10-30cm tall with red-purple blooms in May-June
- Meadow buttercup, Ranunculus acris - 40-100cm tall perennial with lemon-yellow flowers
- Sorrel, Rumex acetosa - 60-100cm erect perenial flowering in May-June
- Wild clary, Salvia verbenaca - 30-40cm tall with violet-blue flowers
- Salad burnet, Sanguisorba minor ssp minor - 30-50cm tall with reddish purple flowerheads
- White campion, Silene alba - 30-45cm tall, flowers all summer
- Tufted vetch, Vicia cracca - clambering perennial with blue-violet 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 pere
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We planted your wildflower selection for a sunny spot in a border in the Spring and they have flowered magnificently. What do I do with them now? I understand if they are in a meadow, one would mow them but how should I manage the wildflower border?
ThanksAsked on 8/23/2014 by Carol from Dorchester, Dorset
You should treat the plants in much the same way as you would if they were growing in a meadow and cut them back using shears in autumn. Leave the clippings where they lie for a few days and then you can rake them off.Answered on 8/27/2014 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