If you have ever contemplated a wildflower meadow area in your garden, Making Garden Meadows informs you how to create one and how to look after it to ensure its continued beauty through many years. Illustrated with photographs taken in her own garden, Jenny Steel guides you simply through the process to help you provide a beautiful area full of wildflowers and teaming with wildlife. As well as chapters on how to make a meadow from scratch, there is information on creating a 'meadow effect' in an existing lawn, making a spring-flowering meadow, and how to enhance areas of rough grass by planting with suitable wildflowers. If native cornfield annuals such as poppies and cornflowers are your passion, Making Garden Meadows explains how to grow these too and how to ensure that they continue to seed and flourish in your garden. A native wildflower meadow is a visual delight and can attract a huge variety of invertebrates, especially bees and butterflies, as well as vertebrates such as amphibians, birds and small mammals to even the smallest garden.
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Jenny Steel is a plant ecologist with a great passion for natural history and gardening since her childhood. After working at Oxford University for 20 years, she established the Wildlife Gardening Centre, a plant nursery specialising in British native wildflowers and wildlife-friendly cottage garden plants. She now works as a freelance writer for magazines, as well as writing books on wildlife gardening.