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Grass seed with Wildflowers

grass seed with wildflowers

 

Grass with wildflowers
Field Scabious in Limestone grassland

When sowing a mixture of grass seed with wildflowers it is vital to select the correct type of grass seeds. Grasses should always consist of fine growing varieties such as bents and fescues. These generally fall into the category of “meadow grasses” and will provide a sward in which native wildflowers can establish and thrive successfully. Read more

Wildflower Lawn Seed

Wildflower Lawn Seed

Wildflower Lawn Seed
Cowslips

By reducing the amount of cutting in spring and summer, garden lawns can easily be converted into a spectacular display of pretty low-growing wildflowers. By introducing  nectar and pollen rich native species, wildflower lawns provide a valuable habitat and food source for visiting Butterflies and Bees.  Over the years many customers have asked us for advice about how to turn a lawn into a wildflower meadow and broadly speaking there are 2 completely different approaches. Read more

Wildflowers for Shade

Wildflowers for shade
Wildflowers for shade

Generally speaking there are many wildflowers for shade but few that will grow well where conditions are extremely dark . This is evident in woodland glades and clearings, where there is often a much more diverse range of flora than in darker areas of the same wood, shaded by a broad tree canopy.

To encourage the establishment of wildflowers in Read more

How to grow wildflowers in grass

how to grow wildflowers in grass

Q: Can Wildflowers be grown in grass ?

A: Yes but the success of this technique is limited and depends on the growing conditions and the type of grassland into which the Wildflower seed is being introduced. Generally fine growing meadow grasses are required that do not grow too rapidly or tall. Read more

Wildflowers for banks

Wildflowers for banks
Meadow Cranesbill and Meadowsweet on canal bank

 

Q:  Is it possible to establish Wildflowers on a River bank?

A: Riverbanks are generally rich in vegetation and often contain a build up of nutrients.
They should be sown or planted in the same way as fertile soils on arable land. An addition problem is the steepness meaning they are usually inaccessible for regular cutting.

We suggest the following guidelines: Read more

Wildflowers for lawns

Wildflowers for lawns
Self heal

Q: Is it possible to buy wildflowers for lawns ?

A: Most garden lawns  contain rye grass, a hard wearing species designed to cope with the wear and tear.  Unfortunately rye grass isn’t compatible with many wildflowers, so the best approach can often be to remove any existing grass and sow a wildflower and meadow grass mixture without rye grass.

If this is not possible however, there are still a few species of wildflowers that can be grown quite successfully in lawns containing rye grass. Read more

Wildflowers for fertile soils

Q: What wildflowers are likely to compete well and establish successfully on fertile soils?

A: The following species in our experience are all strong growing and compete well. We can supply all the species listed below as individual wildflower seeds and several as wildflower plant plugs

Yarrow
Common Sorrel
Black Knapweed Read more