Wild basil Seeds

Wild Basil Seeds

Wild Basil Seeds

 

Wild Basil -clinopodium vulgare

– 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.

Horseshoe Vetch Seeds

Everything you wanted to know about Horseshoe Vetch Seeds

Horseshoe Vetch Seeds
Horseshoe Vetch growing on Cotswold Limestone

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

When to order Snowdrops in the Green

Order Snowdrops in the green

Order Snowdrops in the green

Snowdrops in February sunshine

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

New Wildflower seeds for 2017

Wildflower seeds to buy 2017
Common Mallow

With spring fast approaching, we have added some interesting new varieties to our range of individual wildflower seeds for 2017.  These include:

 

Common Mallow                            Common Valerian

Dyer’s Chamomile                       Enchanter’s Nightshade

Red Valerian                                                Tutsan

White-Dead Nettle                                   Wild Clary

 

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.

2016 harvest Yellow Rattle now in stock

2016 Yellow Rattle seeds
Yellow Rattle

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.

Learn more about using Yellow Rattle to control grass growth.