Corn meadow close up

Corn meadow was seeded after the late snow melted in April in this Northamptonshire front garden.The aim was to replace tired roses and lavenders with instant colour suitable for the poor soil which would attract bees and butterflies. Despite the windswept site and the dry early summer, the meadow thrived and came into full flower in July.  Still flowering in October, it will only be cut back once the annuals have set seed.

By controlling invasive weeds, leaving the perennials and biannuals, and cultivating the soil in spring to allow the poppy seeds to germinate, it is hoped that it will not be necessary to reseed.