There are over 1,600 species of wildflower in Britain and Ireland. So there’s no shortage to choose from! You can buy packets containing seeds of a single wildflower such as oxeye daisy, but for a vivid and multi-coloured display you can buy mixtures of different seeds. Try mixing annuals, biennials and perennials for a long-lasting display – these refer to types of flowers that bloom at different times.
Annual wildflowers put on a show in their first summer and quickly produce seed, which then grows into new plants the following year. And so it goes on.
Biennial flowers grow in their first year but don’t flower and produce seeds until their second year, although some occasionally defy convention by acting like annuals! After producing seeds, these plants usually die in the same way as an annual.
Perennial flowers will wait to burst into flower in their second summer – and carry on for many years beyond.