With its wild air, the flowery meadow has an undeniable charm! As bright as it is nonchalant, it adorns poor grounds with its field flowers of various colors.
Find out how to make a flower meadow in your city or country garden!
What location for a flowery fallow?
Flowering fallow mixes grow in poor soil. If it is too rich, it will favor the foliage and the grasses, to the detriment of the flowers.
Instead, opt for a sunny place sheltered from the wind. However, be aware that there are mixtures for shade and tree bases. The flowery meadow will come to cover the entire surface of its sweet flowers! Use it to dress up an embankment or fill in a bit mundane plots of land. You will only have to draw a driveway with the mower to come and take refuge there.
When to sow flower meadow?
The sowing is carried out ideally in the fall because winter will strengthen the seeds. This is because once it is in place it reseeds spontaneously when the seeds fall in early fall. However, you can sow in spring between March and May.
Which flowered fallow to choose?
There are many flower meadow mixes available at garden centers and online.
- By color: blue, white, pink, red, orange, etc.
- To ward off pests: anti-aphids, anti-Colorado beetles, etc.
- To promote biodiversity: attract butterflies, pollinators, take care of auxiliaries, etc.
- By style: feminine, rustic, elegant, etc.
- By constraints: dry terrain, difficult terrain, shaded areas, etc.
Make your own mix
Most of the time, ready-made mixes have more grasses than flowering perennials. However, it is the flowers that make all the charm of this arrangement. Do not hesitate to do it yourself for a better rendering by combining 60% perennials, 20% grasses and 20% legumes. Here are some ideal flowering fallow plants:
- Perennials for dry soil: yarrow, valerian, mallow, poppy, knapweed, nigella, wallflower, viperine, wild chamomile, cosmos, etc.
- Perennial for moist soil: coreopsis, lavatera, borage, sage, benoît, columbine, yarrow, goldenrod, etc.
- Grasses: rush, sedge, fescue, etc.
- Legumes: clover, lupine, vetch, trefoil, etc.
How to make a flower meadow?
Prepare the terrain
If you are starting from a surface of dirt, all you need to do is rake and remove the weeds you don't want to see in the meadow. If you have a lawn, no need to remove it! The grass will be the basis for your meadow. Just scarify it so that pieces of earth appear. Then sow only perennial flowers. Little by little, they will gain ground on the grass that you now let grow naturally.
Prepare around 10g / m2 so that the plants are not too crowded.
Take the bag and put the seeds in your hand and make wide movements with your arm, releasing the seeds so that they are evenly distributed: this is called broadcast sowing. Water regularly until emergence, cool soil ensures good seed germination.
How to maintain a flowery meadow?
Once the young shoots have emerged, no watering is necessary. Do not add fertilizer either which would be harmful to your fallow. The maintenance consists of only two mows per year. The first around July and the second in October. This corresponds to the end of flowering when the flowers have gone to seed and the latter have fallen to the ground. Take a brush cutter, then collect the stems that you will add to your compost or as mulch. This is the only maintenance required by the flowery meadow in exchange for several months of beautiful country blooms.