To create a proper wildflower meadow requires a big garden with space to set aside for the meadow, and a lot of time and effort. Few of us have a big garden, and time is often short.
There are easier ways to grow a mini wildflower area which, as the image right shows, looks equally lovely, creating a colourful area in the garden attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. To grow wildflowers in this way, you need a small patch and a limited amount of time.
There are two basic ways to create a wildflower area .You can either sow a selection of annual wildflowers or buy a self-seeded roll of wildflowers, which is easier to sow and germinate, but more expensive.
Both methods have the same preparation. The time to start a wildflower meadow is once the risk of frost has passed.
Self seeded wildflower rolls are widely available. The paper roll can look flimsy. Handle with care and I suggest you lay it out on a dry day so it doesn't get water-logged and rip.