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The Back Garden

Using wild flowers in your back garden is fun and it attracts wildlife. Always include species which attract butterflies and bees. 

The back garden wildflower display can incorporate mini-meadows, full blown wildflower meadows, woodland and rockery displays. Pond, orchard and hedgerow seed mixtures are all available to complete the design.  The garden can be designed with tall ornamental grasses

Back gardens need not be maintained to a high standard. Instead the design should focus on species diversity, blazes of colour, seasonal changes and feeding wildlife.  

Formality can be achieved with wildflowers especially when they are placed just off the lawn as low growing mixtures which are cut three times a year.  

Design By Nature back garden advice is to link the back garden to the local flora to attract wildlife along a wildlife corridor 

The following guidelines when designing a back garden:

  • To the windward and north side 60% of the shrubs and trees planted should be evergreen such as Scots Pine and wind hardy species.
  • All the plants planted in the back garden should be plants that encourage a relaxed atmosphere where you can unwind from the stresses of the day in peace and quiet surrounded by a glorious feeling of mother nature.
  • Concentrate on planting bold colour, strong scents, long flowering periods and mixed species together to so that when one fades, another is flowering. 
  • Because of the misconception of no maintenance gardeners forget that there must be at least one cut per year to remove all the dead foliage.
  • In the design of your back garden, create a woodland or shrub area where this dead foliage can be composted as a sheet mulch across the surface of the soil.  Its here that blackbirds will scratch looking for worms throughout the year.  
  • The back garden should be pesticide and chemical fertiliser free.  

Species with a high wildlife feed value, such as Field Scabious, Ox-Eye Daisy, Selfheal, White Campion, Woundwort, Cowslip, Plantain, Lesser Knapweed and Birds Foot Trefoil

Features for a back garden include

  • Wildflowers sown into gravel pathways
  • Low growing wildflowers on edges, verges and underneath standard specimen trees and clotheslines.
  • Mixed species groups of wildflowers treated as herbaceous border plants
  • Creeping and climbing wildflowers to enliven hedges and walls
  • Scented wild flora such as Meadowsweet, Sweet Rocket, Marjoram, Chamomile, Flag Iris, Ladies Bedstraw, Wild Carrot and Mint.

Play spaces using child safe wildflowers

Most wild flowers are safe but Foxglove if ingested is poisonous but also are many favourite garden such as Rhododendron, Euphorbia.

Like all things bad for our children its about education, self control, explanation and not instilling into our children that nature is bad just occasionally dangerous.  We need to teach them to have a healthy respect for all things wild.  While at the same time allow them to enjoy the Wild Strawberry, Blackberry and Raspberries.

Most wildflowers won't tolerate excessive trampling.

However they all originated in meadows filled with cows.

The following is a list of the toughest species that will colonise a wild lawn designated as a play space:

  • Plantain
  • Selfheal
  • Ox-eye daisy
  • Bedstraw
  • Red Bartsia
  • White Clover
  • Dandelion and Common lawn daisy (both of which we don't stock but will if asked)
  • Speedwell
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Hard-wearing wild grass species available from specialist grass suppliers

Some of these species are recommended because they will grow on compacted soils or will quickly re-colonise once the children stop playing on the grass.

Many of these above species are contained in our wild flower mixtures which should be grown adjacent to the harder wearing wild flower areas.

 

Most of our customers want a recommendation as to what to do with the clothesline and the garden shed. 

Under the clothesline, we need to plant phosphate resistant and tough wearing species such as plantain, Selfheal, and chamomile.  All these plants are low growing and capable of dealing with the drips from wet clothes. 

"On the shed, plant honeysuckles, wild roses, wild vetches and under plant the base with wild mint to drive moths off. "

 

 

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