– grows best in dry grassland and is well suited to chalk and limestone soils on sites where there is plenty of sunlight. It has a variety of other habitats including woodland edges, rough grassland and bare open ground. In garden settings, Wild Basil plants can be introduced into a sunny border, or wildflower meadows on poorer soils. Wild Basil attracts a broad range of insects such as Bees, Butterflies and Ladybirds. It is usually a low growing species with pink flowers that appear in July and August. Wild Basil looks best growing with other chalk and limestone plants that flower in early to mid-summer such as Kidney Vetch, Wild Thyme, Wild Marjoram, Greater Knapweed, and Small Scabious.
How to grow Wild Basil from Seed:
Wild Basil seeds should be sown in autumn, either outside, where they are to flower, or in seed trays and covered lightly with compost. The seedlings, can be pricked out and grown on, for planting out later in the year.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
The RHS Perfect for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects in gardens. Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen; while doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set and fruit development. Find out more at: rhs.org.uk/plants
To buy Wild Basil seeds
Please click here to purchase Wild Basil seeds. To ensure the best chance of success, we sell all of our wildflower seeds by weight, which ensures each wildflower seed packet contains a good quantity of seeds. The recommended sowing rate is 1 gram per square metre, and the number of Wild Basil seeds per gram is approx. 2500. All of our Wildflower seed packets contain seeds of Native British provenance.
Everything you wanted to know about Horseshoe Vetch Seeds
Horseshoe Vetch –hippocrepis comosa
grows best in light well-drained grassland and is suited to chalk and limestone soils on sites where there is plenty of sunlight. Plants host a wide range of insect life such as Bees, Butterflies and Caterpillars. Horseshoe Vetch is a very important plant for breeding butterflies, attracting a variety of species in the wild, such as the Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Silver-Studded Blue and Dingy Skipper, all of which will lay their eggs on the plant. Read more
With spring rapidly approaching there are still a couple of weeks left to buy Snowdrops in the green.
Early flowering bulbs such as Snowdrops provide a vital source of nectar and pollen for insects such as bees as they emerge from hibernation on warmer late winter days. The video below was filmed on 17th February 2017 and Read more
Many of these varieties will provide a vital source of nectar for Bees and other wildlife. Please click the links above to discover how these plants can be introduced into wildflower gardens and other habitats.
To view our full range of over 160 individual wildflower seeds please click here.
is a familiar garden plant and and sadly often considered a weed in many a garden lawn. However Dandelions are a valuable plant for wildlife and useful for a mini-meadow or flowering lawn where the bright yellow flowers provide an important nectar source for bees early in the season. Read more
sometimes known as the Moon daisy this is a familiar wildflower of meadows and roadsides. It is an excellent general-purpose meadow plant, being well suited to all wide variety of soils and look best growing in full sun, but can also be grown in dappled shade. Read more
We now have stock of fresh Yellow Rattle seeds, harvested in July 2016. Yellow Rattle seeds can be sown anytime between August and December and will help to suppress grass growth next season. This can reduce the amount of cutting that will be needed and create ideal conditions for colonization or introduction of native wildflowers. To order fresh Yellow Rattle seeds please click here.