Do you dream of a meadow of colorful flowers that perfume the summer air? Dream no more! You can plant a flower meadow in your garden, on your balcony or even on your roof. From sowing the wildflowers to mowing your yard to caring for your soil, Sophie Kreutzberg, Project Leader at Mission B, has practical tips so you can enjoy gorgeous blooms that are ideally suited to your space.
Flower gardens are beautiful to look at and good for the soul. And they also protect numerous insects: Meadows rich in pollen and nectar are an ideal source of food for bees, bumblebees, butterflies, lacewings and other insects. A natural garden directly helps increase biodiversity. Surprisingly, meadows filled with wildflowers are also much easier to care for than grass lawns. The instructions below will help you plant a flower meadow that will last for years.
You can plant flower meadows in many different areas:
Even a mini flower meadow on your balcony provides habitat and food for small, beneficial insects.
Facade greening is currently in vogue. This trend involves letting plants like ivy, wild grapes or wisteria grow on the roof or along the side of buildings. Vertical gardens create environmental benefits and function as natural air conditioners, insulation and noise barriers. Planting a green facade needs to be well planned out . Discuss your plans in advance with your local agency, the home owner or the homeowners association.
The table below will help you find the best place to plant a flower meadow at home:
There are different types of flower meadows that foster biodiversity. Based on available space and other factors, for your home we recommend the following varieties:
To enjoy the beauty of your wildflowers and the bounty of little visitors as long as possible, you should note the following points before and after you sow the seeds:
You can plant annual, biennial and perennial wildflowers. This way you create a rich and diverse flower buffet that insects can visit any time of year. Here are the things you need to do first:
A meadow that contains a wide variety of flowers doesn't need much care. No fertilizer is necessary, for instance. It's important to mow the meadow. Flower lawns can be mowed with a lawnmower, but traditional meadows will need a scythe or sickle bar mower. Here are some tips to help you out: