The top 12wildflowersin the UK
1st December, 2023
There’s no better view in the British countryside than a valley swept with a sea of wildflowers. These colourful beauties not only brighten up dog walks, but they also help out the local wildlife too.
We’ve rounded up our favourite types of UK wildflowers into a handy guide, so you can spot them on your next walk in the wild.
COMMON TYPES OF BRITISH WILDFLOWERS
From delightful daisies, cheerful cornflowers, and Mother Nature’s favourite – the bluebell – there are so many wonderful wildflowers that make our countryside just that little bit brighter.
As if we couldn’t love those little sprouts of heaven even more, wildflowers also provide food for insects from their leaves, pollen and nectar. They also make great places for insects to shelter and breed.
Blooming in the fields since spring, wildflowers let us know that sunnier days are coming. Vivid purple wildflowers include the Meadow Cranesbill, whose big flowers tell you that midsummer has arrived. Or the delicate harebell, also known as the Bluebell of Scotland.
Other types of wildflowers include brilliant yellow wildflowers, such as cowslip or kingcups, bound to lift your mood even on a rainy day (hello, British summers!). We’ve looked at some of the best wildflowers for bees, butterflies and you. So why not read on for some floral inspo or just to see what makes wildflowers so wonderful?
Wildflowers aren’t just a treat for the eyes, but they also provide a much-needed hotspot for our insects. Bees are mostly social insects and live in big colonies – so there are plenty of mouths to feed! Even though you may swat them away from your drinks in summer, bees are vital to our environment. Bee-friendly wildflowers help them stick around with their sweet nectar and pollen for the bees to eat or take back to their colony.
BEE FRIENDLY BUNDLE
WILDFLOWER PLANTS FOR BUTTERFLES
An oasis of wildflowers is the perfect haven for butterflies. They’re attracted to the bright colours, sweet scents, and delicious nectar. Eye-catching, bright and vivid hues are the best wildflower plants for butterflies.
4. Meadow vetchling
6. Wild thyme
Wildflowers are an important part of the woodland ecosystem. Not only do woodland wildflowers create a fairy-tale setting good enough for any Insta feed, but they also form habitats and provide nutrients for pollinating insects. Some woodland wildflowers have adapted to thrive in low-light conditions, but (just like us) they need a little bit of sunshine to really thrive.
8. Sweet violets
9. Traveller’s Joy
THE BEST WILDFLOWERS TO PLANT IN YOUR GARDEN
Not only is a beautiful wildflower garden a treat to the eyes, but it’s also relatively easy to look after. Wildflowers are resilient, so there is much less upkeep than with conventional flowers.
Wildflowers require very little soil preparation, feeding, or pest control – making them perfect for green-fingered newbies or those with tight schedules. Wildflowers prefer open and sunny areas so will make a great addition to your lawn, raised beds or window boxes.