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How to make a wild­flower plot with your free seeds

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Amateur Gardening -

I’M very ex­cited about this week’s free seeds – Mr Fothergill’s ‘Wild­flower Wood­land Mix’. The pack­ets con­tain a mix of a long list of na­tive plants that will look stun­ning and at­tract a wide range of in­sects to the gar­den – which in turn will en­cour­age more wildlife.

Be­cause they are from plants nat­u­rally ac­cus­tomed to dap­pled and deeper shade, they are per­fect for gar­dens that have awk­ward, shady ar­eas where other plants strug­gle to gain a foothold.

The seed mix of al­most 20 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties in­cludes avens, herb ben­net, hedge bed­straw, English blue­bells, red cam­pion, fox­gloves, wild gar­lic, St John’s wort, com­mon mal­low, mead­owsweet and tufted vetch. Although not all the seeds are guar­an­teed, the re­sult will be a sub­tle and at­trac­tive com­bi­na­tion of colours and fo­liage.

I have sown ours in the dap­pled shade of an or­na­men­tal weep­ing pear. The area un­der­neath is al­ready pop­u­lated by clus­ters of wild vi­o­lets and th­ese seeds will add to its nat­u­ral feel.

Even wild­flower seeds will ben­e­fit from a prop­erly pre­pared seedbed

Sev­eral types of seed are avail­able

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