Naturalisation of Plants

Often a perfect lawn can be a “statement” to your home especially when you have scrupulously looked after its condition. You have fed it with all the necessary nutrients, scraped off the moss every year, de-weeded annually and re-seeded accordingly. Often the aspect, the soil, the drainage will all be dependent on its success. However, not many landscapes have these attributes (albeit amenity lawns, sports facilities) and so grass that is not level and imperfect can be made more attractive with the naturalisation of Bulbs and Wild Flowers. Parks especially adopt this due to costs and logistical reasons. Drifts of Bluebells, Daffodils, Crocuses are often used for this purpose. An alternative to picking up an area of grass is to incorporate Wild Flowers. Seed packets of a mixture can be sought or alternatively you may decide to plant your own using colours or tones of your liking..

Some may treat self seeded varieties as weeds (some are welcomed and some not) those that have blown from adjoining fields are often considered a pain but the plethora of colour that can be achieved. It is worth noting that despite hosting in your garden and not asking beforehand there is now colour where otherwise there would have been none.

Blues

Grape Hyacinths
Siberian Iris
Pasqueflower
Lesser Periwinkle
Forget-me-nots
Cornflower
Scabious
Butterwort

Yellow

Yellow Iris
Yellow Anemone
Buttercup (Creeping and Bulbous)
Stonecrop (succulent so can be used as ground cover and in rockeries)
Broom
Evening Primrose
Silverweed
Ragwort

Red/Pink

Fritillary (Snakes Head)
Meadow Saffron
Red Soapwort
Poppy
Cyclamen
Scarlet Pimpernel
Foxglove
Teasel

White

Ramsons
Snowdrops (unfortunately short-lived)
Campion
Christmas Rose
Meadow Saxifrage
White Rock Rose
Corn Chamomile
Feverfew

Green
Lord and Ladies
Hops
Sun Spurge
Cabbage Thistle
Sea Holly
Sweetflag
Wood Spurge
Stinking Hellebore

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I'm Craft Gardener with several years experience. Due to the massive impact the internet has had on advice, forums and consultancy services - it seems knowledge and experience is everchanging and we should therefore share techniques and offer others alternative routes in pests, diseases and weed treatments. The very smallest alterations in aspect, soil conditioning and pruning can determine a plants vigour, health and lifespan hugely. My blogs and online assistance should motivate and interest even the most amateur of green fingered people. As my ex partner used to say "it's green isn't it"?