Wild Flowers

The Quirky Bird says:

Wild flowers or native plants provide habitats and food for our insects, birds, bees, butterflies and small creatures that we share our garden space with. This group of flowers can be grown easily in gardens in mixed borders or a dedicated wildflower border or meadow. You can see how successful the wild flower bankings are in the nursery  with cowslips from March right through to Ox Eye Daisies, Campion in summer and then grasses in the autumn. These plants prefer poor soil and can be introduced as seed or mature plants into existing borders or grass.

Below is our current list of Wild flowers and native plants.  With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch.


Achillea

Achillea millefolium

“Yarrow”. A native perennial with dark green leaves and white flowers, sometimes appearing light pink. Ideal for establishing in wild flower meadows where plants will happily compete with grass and other wild flowers in full sun. Copes well with clay soil. H 60cm, S 60cm.                   2L pot          £6.50


Anemone

Anemone nemorosa 

“Wood Anemone”. A dwarf herbaceous perennial with deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers are sometimes flushed pink on the reverse appear in spring. A woodland dweller often making carpets of white starry flowers once established. H 20cm, S 60cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Anthriscus

Anthriscus sylvestris          

The common cow parsley so often admired on our roadsides and hedgerows. Maybe more suitable for the wilder areas of a garden, the delicate umbels and divided foliage can’t be beaten in May. H 11.2m, S 60cm.                   1L pot          £5.00


Aquilegia

Aquilegia vulgaris

The common granny’s bonnets with its nodding bonnet-like flowers with hooked spurs in late spring and early summer. The lush ferny green foliage forms pretty mounds that add a light texture to the planting scheme. These columbines are easy to grow and are useful for herbaceous borders and cottage gardens as well as more naturalised planting schemes including prairies. They will usually self-seed freely, but they are quite promiscuous plants that hybridise freely. If there are other aquilegias in your garden, it is possible that the next generation of plants will vary from their parent plants.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                 1L pot               £5.00


Arctium

Arctium minus

Part of our wild flower collection, this is the Lesser Burdock. Forming a tall plant with hollow stems topped with brush-like purple flowers which appear from July to September. The bracts of the flower heads end in a burr which attaches itself to clothing and animal fur, allowing the seed to distribute over a large area. Usually found on the edges of woodland and in hedgerows it will tolerate deep shade. You can see it growing in our native garden. It takes two to four years to reach maturity to seed then die, but the large leaves create bare earth beneath for the next generation of seeds to germinate.

H 1.5m, S 90cm.                    9cm pot                 £3.50

 

Betula

Betula pendula AGM

Our indigenous silver birch is a beautiful and graceful tree that has much to commend it as a garden tree. Peeling, white bark with darker fissures on the trunk and stems, gives rise to pendent, purplish, twiggy stems. Perfect used as a specimen tree, in group planting or as a screen. Leaves turn yellow in autumn. H25m.                      3L pot          £9.95


Euonymus

Euonymus europaeus

Large conical shrub with brilliant autumn colour, bronzed purple-red leaves and red fruits with protruding seeds that have orange arils (fleshy seed coats). Any well drained soil in full sun or light shade. H 3m, S 3m.                7.5L pot          £15.00


Fragaria

Fragaria vesca

“Wild or alpine Strawberry” Often seen growing under hedgerows or in woodland, these native plants produce tiny, tart strawberries that are full of flavour. The smaller leaves also provide good ground cover. Runners are easily removed if they become too many. It makes an ideal candidate for a pot or trough or under hedging. H 10cm, S 1m.                   1L pot          £5.50


Galium

Galium verum

"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm.           9cm pot           £3.50


Geranium

Geranium robertianum         

“Herb Robert”, a common Cranesbill found growing wild through Britain and Europe. It happily self-seeds but easy to remove from shady areas, woodland and hedgerows. Pink flowers appear continuously from April to October. H 50cm, S 30cm.             9cm pot            £3.50


Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum vulgare       

“Ox-Eye Daisy”.  One of most common native plants, often seen on road verges with its bright white daisy flowers with yellow centres.  Flowering from late spring into early summer, often having a second flush of flowers in late summer. Good for cutting. H 70cm, S 45cm.                2L pot          £7.00


Linaria

Linaria vulgaris

“Common Toadflax” Also known as the Wild Snapdragon, the pale yellow and orange flowers of toadflax are often to be seen on roadsides and waste places, providing a splash of colour from July into late autumn. Great for establishing in wild flower plantings and meadows where it will happily spread amongst other plants. It was once used as a source of yellow dye and in the 17th century people put leaves under their bare feet and between their toes to ward off fever. H 45cm, S 40cm.          9cm pot           £3.50


Luzula

Luzula sylvatica

Thick tussocks of 2cm wide, glossy, dark-green leaves with tall flower stems carrying loose-forked clusters of warm chestnut-brown flowers in spring to early summer. Handsome ground cover in damp or dry shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £6.50


Lychnis

Lychnis flos-cuculi

A Basal rosette of blue-green leaves are topped with loose, star-shaped flowers with deeply cut petals in varying hues from white to pink-purple. Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Perfect for a wild corner of the garden. See ours in the wild flower bankings.

*H 75cm, S 30cm.                       9cm pot           £3.50

    

Oxalis

Oxalis acetosella

“Wood Sorrel” A native of woodland, growing in moist, leafy soil and semi-shade. With its trifoliate leaves and small, nodding dainty white flowers which close up at night. See it in our hedgerow border. H 7cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Primula

Primula vulgaris

"Primrose".  A native with deeply veined leaves and clusters of pale yellow, fragrant flowers with a pale orange eye in April to May. Mounds of semi-evergreen foliage can be seen most of the year on grassy bankings, often in semi-shade. H 5cm to 15cm.               9cm pot          £3.50


Silene

Silene dioica

“Red Campion” This native naturalises well with it’s hairy stems and vary shades of pink flowers. Flowering time can be anytime from March right through to autumn. Grow in sun or semi shade in most soils. H 70cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Ulex

Ulex europeus

“Gorse” The native shrub with dense, dark green shoots and vicious spines giving the appearance of an evergreen. From March to May and often late summer a dazzling feast of colour is given by the fragrant pea-like vibrant yellow flowers. It thrives in poor, dry acid soils, but suitable for any well drained soil. Sunny position. H 2.5m, S 2.5m.                9cm pot          £3.50


Viola

Viola odorata

“English Violet”, “Sweet Violet”. A British native perennial with heart-shaped dark green leaves. Sweetly scented blue flowers from February to March in partial shade. H 5cm, S 10cm.             1L pot          £5.50

Viola riviniana

“Common Dog Violet” This attractive little British wild flower appears in early April with its violet flowers over a rosette of mid green leaves. A woodland plant that enjoys semi shade and damp soil. H 10cm, S 15cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50

Viola tricolor

Heartsease, Wild Pansy. A tufted annual, bi annual or short-lived perennial with pretty purple, lavender-blue and yellow flowers from spring to autumn. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Self-seeds. H 8cm, S 10cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50