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Name Description Height
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Bluebell

Hyacythoides non-scripta
A favourite spring flower. Fragrant blue-violet flowers from April to June. Requires light shade.

Nectar plant for Butterflies
30-60cm
Bluebell
Cowslip

Primula veris
Perennial plant ideally suited to meadows and banks, it can be effectively used for border planting. Fragrant, deep yellow flowers from April to May.

Prefers full sun

Good plant for bees and butterflies
Upto 20cm
Cowslip
Field Poppy

Papaver rhoeas
The poppy is probably the most popular wildflower and is very easy to grow from seed. It used to be seen in fields everywhere, but years of selective herbicide usage has all but eliminated it from some areas. An annual with deep scarlet flowers from June into early autumn.

Requires sun.
Encourages bees into your garden.
30-60cm
Field Poppy
Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea
Biennial. A well-known plant with bright pink-purple flowers from June to September. Pollinated by bumble bees. Sun or light shade and well-drained soil.

The whole plant is poisonous, containing a number of glycosides that effect the heart muscles.
50-150cm
Foxgloves - Click for larger image
Heartsease

Viola tricolor
Annual. The wild pansy. Flowers are purple, yellow or both from April onwards. Looks good at the front of the border or in the grass

Pollinated by bees, it self-seeds to provide a permanent presence.
15cm
Heartsease
Meadow Crane's-bill

Geranium pratense
Widespread throughout most of Britain. Bright blue flowers over 2cm across from June to September. Perennial plant pollinated by bees.
Highly recommended for herbaceous borders and meadow planting.

Sun and well-drained soil.
30-60cm
Meadow Crane's-bill
Bugle

Ajuga reptans
A common plant typical of woodland clearings and meadows. Ground cover plant for shady or moist places. Rich powder blue flowers arise above leaves in May to July.

Perennial plant normally pollinated by bees although self-pollination is possible.
Upto 25cm
Bugle
Campion White

Silene latifolia.
Silene alba
Pure white flowers from May to September.
Often found growing on the edge of cornfields or hedgerows.

Prefers sun and well-drained soil.
15cm
Campion White
Cluster Bellflower

Campanula glomerata
Perennial. Clusters of violet flowers from June to September. Small and compact. Pollination by bees or self.

Requires sun and well-drained soil
5-30cm
Cluster Bellflower
Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum
Usually Biennial, with fern-like leaves and pink flowers. The plant has a strong aroma and flowers from May to September. It features prominently in folklore, as it was probably the plant of the house goblin Robin Goodfellow.

Will tolerate shade.
15-30cm
Herb Robert
 
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