Wildflower Meadow

One of our biggest aims at Diggers is to ensure that gardeners succeed.

Wildflowers in the City

Gardeners are surrounded by plants and the cycles of nature. We understand that pollinators are essential to our food and eco-systems and that the right flower in bloom creates incredible joy. Yet somehow these essentials have often been overlooked in the development and maintenance of our urban areas. Diggers is delighted to see this changing and to be involved in a new wildflower project at University Square near Melbourne University. 

Long term Diggers members may remember our work with the City of Melbourne to install a wildflower meadow at Birrarung Marr back in 2013. We were very pleased to hear from the Council again when their City Design Studio Team Leader contacted us earlier this year. They were looking to increase biodiversity in their revamped University Square public park near Melbourne University and an inner-city wildflower meadow seemed the perfect solution. 

The benefit of wildflowers
Low maintenance, low input and with very high aesthetic and habitat value, wildflower meadows can be as big or small as space permits and of great benefit to your surrounding plantings. In this University Square project, the Diggers wildflower beds are in two separate runs, bordering a native woody meadow. Featuring cornflowers, Californian poppies, corn cockles and many other varieties that will continue to come and go throughout summer, the meadow is attracting visitors of all kinds – from camera wielding humans, to an absolute abundance of bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects, invaluable to pest management and reducing the need for chemical sprays.

One of our biggest aims at Diggers is to ensure that gardeners succeed. We were so intent on seeing the inner city burst with wildflowers that we sent our Heronswood garden team up for the bed preparation and sowing back in August. They worked with the City Design Studio team for a day to prepare the beds and direct sow the mix. With any meadow planting, weed management is critical so good preparation was essential. All beds were sown using Diggers “S” shaped drills to make it easier to stay on top of weeds during germination and plant growth.

The meadow will be at its peak from mid-December, so head down if you’re in the city and seeking some relief from the concrete for this seasonal reminder of the resilience and brilliance of nature.

Our thanks to the City Design Studio at the City of Melbourne and to Melbourne University, as well as our own project team, for bringing more open green space and a special patch of wildness to the heart of the city.


Plant your own wildflower meadow

The University Square varieties were selected by the City Design team based on our Wildflower Meadow Mix and some additional varieties.  Diggers is always developing new mixes that will work in unison for growing conditions, flowering times, heights and aesthetics, check out our wildflower seeds.

More

“I want to get people out into the garden”

Georgina Reid visits Michael Bates’ striking Sydney garden

“This garden solves all its problems with plants”

Georgina Reid visits Ian McMaugh’s jungle courtyard in the urban subtropics

A brief reflection

Stephen Forbes (a Diggers Director) shares his experience as the former Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia

All in a day’s work

The Heronswood kitchen garden produces an enormous 3,000kg of organic produce each year. How do we know? Because everything is meticulously weighed and measured.

An oasis of green in the bush

Clive Blazey introduces this secluded getaway, not far from Daylesford and Ballarat

Beautiful Vegetable Gardens

Biddulph Grange: one of the wonders of the Victorian age

Heronswood gardener and Botanica tour leader, Julie Willis, visits a masterpiece rescued by the National Trust UK

Botanica Spring Garden (Japan)

Clive Blazey visits Japan for the Botanica Spring Garden tour

Botanical Ark (Daintree, Australia)

Clive Blazey visits Alan and Susan Carle's beautiful garden in the Queensland rainforest

Castel Ruggero (Chianti, Italy)

Margaux's family create perfect harmony, “A living personification of my mother and father”

Choosing perennial flowers for the

wilder parts of the garden

Cloudehill (Olinda, Australia)

Owner and garden creator Jeremy Francis takes us through the four seasons at Cloudehill

Collecting Amazon Lilies in the wild

Andrew Carrick tells the story of re-establishing lilies in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Create a summer flowering perennial border

Julie Willis creates Heronswood’s summer perennial border and explains its subtleties.

Cruden Farm (Langwarrin, Australia)

John Christie tells us why trees are an integral part of the gardens at Cruden Farm

Designing landscapes

Landscape designer Keith Edwards explains how he designs

Gardening can change the world

Georgina Reid wonders why we don’t value the natural world

Gardening is about progression

“Gardening is a progression beyond the innocent cultivation of obvious plants” clive blazey

Gardening is for the birds

Creating a safe space for bird life in your garden.

Gardening with Biologicals

Stephen Forbes explains the importance of what we can’t see in our gardens

Gardens By The Bay (Singapore)

Clive Blazey introduces the wonders of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Growing 200 fruit trees in your backyard

Marcelle Swanson visits inner-city fruit grower and author Louis Glowinski

Heronswood (Australia)

Is Heronswood one of the world's finest gardens?

Illuminating shade gardening

Canopies offer gardeners both respite and an opportunity to embrace gardening in the shade.

Meet Australia's citrus gurus - The Tolleys from Renmark

Clive Blazey discovers a garden where citrus, dates, mangoes, peaches and apples thrive

Moira’s Garden (Gaza)

Andrew Laidlaw describes how the first Global Garden of Peace is taking shape in Gaza

Ninfa (Lazio, Italy)

Clive Blazey visits the 'world's most romantic garden', the inspirational Ninfa in Italy

Playing with Perennials

Q&A with Heronswood's Gardeners

Get to know Heronswood's talented gardeners

Seed Savers Garden coming to Heronswood

Sharing the passion and skills needed to protect the future of heirlooms at our new garden.

Sissinghurst gardens is given the kiss of life

Tommy Garnett, our finest garden writer, describes the redemption of Sissinghurst

Szálás (Subotica, Serbia)

Ines Balint shares a special garden connection and love of food with her family in Serbia

The colour wheel at Heronswood

A new garden development that highlights why ‘it isn’t easy being blue’ in the flower garden.

The garden at Broughton Hall

A dramatic landscape garden that marries horticultural skill with an artist’s eye.

The grandfather of citriculture

Marcelle Swanson talks to world-renowned citrus expert Ian Tolley about his life's opus ‘Commonsense Citrus’

Three up and coming gardeners

Tony Fawcett explains why an outstanding gardener should be on every farmer’s list of go-to gurus

Tim Entwisle's Top 10 Favourite Plants

The Director of Melbourne's Botanic Gardens shares his botany of desire!

Two hundred years of hard gardening experience

Clive Blazey talks with Will Ashburner and Frank Broersen

Vegie gardening from Alaska to the Sunshine Coast

Kevin Redd doesn’t follow the rules, choosing to experiment with the vegies he loves, no matter what his climate.

Warrior for environmental change

Marcelle Swanson asks Joost Bakker about his philosophies for a sustainable future

Waste is a human Invention... there is no waste in nature

Clive explains how our waste is a symptom of an unsustainable lifestyle

Why garden?

Exploring new research into the wellbeing benefits of gardening.

Winter Solstice

Wisley (Surrey, UK)

Lisa Remato visits the inspiring RHS garden at Wisley

Related Articles

Returning to a wilder garden

Bill Bampton explains how returning to nature affects our gardening tastes
Back To Top
Member Exclusives
2022 Gardening Diary and Calendar Combo
2022 Gardening Diary and Calendar Combo
BOOKS: ADIAC22
2022 Gardening Diary & Calendar Combo The complete garden combo for 2022! The beautifully illustrated Diggers Club Diary features a week to a page, seeds to sow each month, blank pages for seasonal observations, and handy pockets for your seed packets and plant labels, while The Diggers Calendar showcases stunning garden photography to inspire y...
Member $35.00
Checking stock, please wait..
A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
SEEDS: S921
18 SEED PACKETS: The gift that keeps on giving for a year. This collection will guarantee 12 months of heirloom veges. The recipient will receive seeds for each season ensuring a supply of heirloom vegetables. The pack contains a total of 18 packets of vegetables seeds (Beetroot, Bean, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onion, Pea, Silverbe...
Member $59.95
Checking stock, please wait..
2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
Membership: MNE2CA2
Join the club and receive an exclusive gift, valued at $30. A stunning calendar featuring key dates, a guide to which seeds to sow each month and plenty of space to add your own events. Plus two free packets of some popular seeds – Tomato 'Black Cherry' and Lettuce Heirloom Mix.
Member $79.00
Non-Member $79.00
Checking stock, please wait..