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How to grow and arrange your own wildflowers

Wildflowers will easily bloom anywhere making them the perfect, low-effort way to add a burst of colour to your home. Here are some tips on how to grow and arrange them

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How to grow and arrange your own wildflowers

You don’t need a big country garden to grow wildflowers – they’ll blossom happily in a small courtyard or narrow garden strip as long as they get 4-5 hours of sun a day. Wildflowers are not fussy about soil, although boggy ground should be avoided. Generally sown from seed, wildflower mixes can be bought from garden centres or online and there are mixes to suit specific conditions such as shade or very hot sun. You’ll need about 1g of seed per square metre or less if the site is weed free and the soil is crumbly for easy germination. Moisture is essential during the first 4-6 weeks. You can sow wildflowers in autumn, spring and summer if the weather is warm (around 15°C).

A wild arrangement 

The next time you are exploring your garden or that of your neighbours or friends, gather a few wildflowers (with permission, of course). You’ll be surprised at what you can find and, when arranged together, your foraged array will look colourful and diverse.

To add interest to your arrangement play with voids and gaps while ensuring you have a cluster of heads at the opening of the vase to anchor your arrangement. As it may be tricky to identify each bloom, simply apply the floristry rule of thumb: fresh water daily, recut the stems every few days to stop them rotting, and keep out of direct sunlight. Some stems may last longer than others – just keep topping up with more fresh finds.

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