Q: Is it possible to buy wildflowers for lawns ?
A: Most garden lawns contain rye grass, a hard wearing species designed to cope with the wear and tear. Unfortunately rye grass isn’t compatible with many wildflowers, so the best approach can often be to remove any existing grass and sow a wildflower and meadow grass mixture without rye grass.
If this is not possible however, there are still a few species of wildflowers that can be grown quite successfully in lawns containing rye grass. The following is a list of a few of suitable wildflowers for lawns:
Indeed some of these wildflowers such as Meadow Buttercup, Selfheal and Yarrow occur naturally in garden lawns and gardeners are often unaware of their presence simply because their flowering is prevented by regular mowing. To encourage the flowering of naturally occurring species in lawns, simply reduce the frequency and height of cutting during late spring to mid summer.
This technique is specifically for gardeners who wish to consider over-seeding into an existing area of lawn without removing the existing turf. To begin the existing grass should first be cut as low as possible, then raked to remove cuttings and surface moss. Sow wildflower seed at a rate of approximately 5 gms per sq. metre, ensuring good soil contact. If necessary create a few bare patches. Rake in well and water with a fine hose. Cut regularly during the first year and remove any unwanted weeds as soon as they appear. DO NOT USE ANY FERTILIZER DURING THIS PROCESS. The success of this technique is limited and depends on the growing conditions and the type of grass into which the Wild Flowers are introduced.