Welcome to the Wildflower Garden
Hello and welcome to the Wildflower Garden, brought to you by the nature charity Plantlife. Here, we want to celebrate our wild flowers and help you make the most of growing them in your own garden.
I’m Trevor Dines and I’m Botanical Specialist at Plantlife. I’m also a passionate gardener. I inherited the gardening bug from my grandparents; one of my clearest childhood memories is of my grandmother discovering wild snake's-head fritillaries in water meadows on the farm where I grew up. Back in her own garden she showed me the same flowers she’d planted in the lawn and the connection between garden and the wild has fascinated me ever since.
Did you know that many of our garden favourites, like box and Welsh poppy are also some of our rarest native plants? It always amazes me that you can pop into almost any garden centre, DIY shop or nursery in the country and buy a plant of shrubby cinquefoil, but this same species is a beautiful native wildflower restricted to just two small areas of Britain.
Plantlife’s Wildflower Garden aims to celebrate the rare and common native flowers you probably already grow, introduce you to a few new ones and discover the fascinating stories behind them; according to legend, for example, pasqueflower grows from the blood of buried Viking warriors.
We’ll also help you select wild flowers suitable for your own garden and give advice on how to grow them. You don’t need to let your garden become overgrown and tatty to enjoy wild flowers, they can be woven into the tapestry of all garden styles, from informal cottage to clipped and formal.
Watch out for regular updates as we’ll be adding more plant profiles to the list. And while you're here, why not sign up to my free monthly wildflower gardening tips.