Option C: Lay wildflower turf
If you have bare soil, you can purchase wildflower-rich lawn turf. This is supplied in rolls and can be laid like a normal lawn. Rolls tend to contain a 50:50 grass/wildflower mix and will include species such as yellow rattle, bird’s-foot trefoil, yarrow, bugle and daisy. The cost of this is higher than for plug plants or seed, but the establishment is very quick and effective.
Top tip: the main cut of the year should be in summer, between late June and the end of August. Additional cuts in spring and autumn can help if the grass is very lush. Use a hand or mechanical scythe to cleanly cut the long grass and flowers. Raking in the spring in subsequent years can reduce weeds and encourage seeds to germinate.