Why grow wildflowers?
There are hundreds of native wild flowers to grow in your garden, providing colour, structure and scent. In fact some of our best garden plants are native species. Some even have an Award of Garden Merit, which means they come recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Some native wild plants are familiar cottage-garden favourites you could well be growing already, like Columbine and Foxgloves. But others might come as surprise. Did you know, for example, that Box - that staple of the formal garden - is a native species? Or, for all their exotic looks, the Pasqueflower and White water-lily are both British wild flowers?
Why grow wild flowers?
- They provide food for humans and animals, and are the basis for many medicines
- Without plants, bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife would not exist
- The provide many essential roles, such as reducing greenhouse gasses and helping to regulate flooding
Yet many of our native plants are disappearing. Growing wild plants in our gardens doesn't actually contribute towards their conservation in the wild, but it does help foster an understanding of their plight and puts them back on our cultural radar — and perhaps encourages us to get out and see them in the wild.
In the garden, most wild flowers are easy to grow. They're hardy, resiliant and well adapted to our climate and soils. They're also incredibly beautiful.