Sowing a Wildflower Meadow Around a Round Garden Building
Sowing a wildflower meadow around a round garden building can give the building and your garden a relaxed, and almost dream-like quality. With the beautiful meadow and the beautiful garden building at its heart, your garden will look and feel fantastic – and be great for the local wildlife too.
A Round Garden Building Looks Great at the Heart of a Wildflower Meadow
The pleasing curves of a round garden building make a garden building of this type blend in pleasantly with any natural surroundings. But there is something particularly pleasing about surrounding the round building with a wild and colourful meadow.
As the meadow shifts and alters through the year, and new flowers pop up, a well-designed meadow can create a very pleasing atmosphere for a space. And the round garden building and meadow combined can give your garden a magical, fairytale feel. This is an abode fit not only for bees, butterflies, other wildlife, and you. It seems a place for the fairies too.
Why Sow a Wildflower Meadow?
Appearances aside, there are plenty of reasons to sow a wildflower meadow around a round garden building other than the way it will look and feel to us.
Sowing a wildflower meadow is a wonderful way to encourage and aid wildlife in your garden. So if you want to create a wildlife-friendly space then it can be a great option. This biodiverse habitat will draw in many pollinators and other wildlife that we want in our gardens, giving diverse creatures food and places of shelter and rest.
Choosing which Wildflowers to Sow
When choosing which wildflowers to sow, you will need to think about whether you are looking to create an annual wildflower meadow, or a perennial one.
Annual meadows have flowers blooming prolifically throughout the summer but a perennial meadow will just keep getting better over time, and you can mow paths through it or areas within in just as you would with a typical lawn.
The more species your meadow area contains, the better it will become for you, and the wildlife in your area. Biodiversity is key to a wildlife-friendly garden.
But perhaps the most important consideration is where you live – choosing native species, suited to the conditions where you live, is key to the successful establishment of any wildflower meadow. Make sure you think about sunlight and shade, water availability, soil and other factors that will determine which will be the best plants for the place.
How to Sow a Wildflower Meadow
When creating a perennial wildflower meadow, you can begin with an existing grass lawn or bare soil. Beginning with bare soil is best for an annual wildflower meadow.
The cheapest and often the best way to make a new area of meadow is to sow seeds. You can sow these in March or April, or sometimes in September too. Early autumn sowing can be best in areas with light, free-draining soils, while spring sowing is typically best for areas with heavier, wetter soils.
If you are preparing an area of an existing lawn to turn into a small perennial meadow garden, you should begin by mowing the grass and raking over it to uncover areas of bare soil into which seeds can be sown. If you are creating a new meadow garden on bare soil, then you should rake over the area and remove all weeds.
One key type of plant to include in a wildflower meadow are plants that are semi-parasitic and stop grasses from dominating the system. This is especially important in areas where you want to establish meadow wildflowers in a lawn. The most widely used of these is the yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor).
There are of course then plenty of other plants to choose from and seed mixes that are available. These (having been carefully chosen for the site in question) are simply broadcast over the area where you want to wildflower meadow to form. The area should be kept well watered through the period of establishment and protected from birds who may eat the seeds. With any luck, you should, before too long, have a beautiful meadow filled with flowers around your round garden building.