The serious decline in the nation’s Beautiful wildflower meadows has become increasingly recognised in the last few decades. Thankfully each year more and more of us are keen to play a part in reversing this trend by planting wildflower meadows on our land and in our gardens.
A bee and a butterfly share a flower.
As well as providing a riot of colour during the summer months. They give us a sense of nature being restored. Wildflower meadows offer a host of other benefits. They grow well in low-nutrient soil. A rough and perhaps previously unproductive area of ground can be transformed into a vibrant, colourful swathe of grasses and flowers. Once established they will give pleasure year after year.
The other huge benefit is that Beautiful wildflower meadows are perfect habitats for supporting a wide range of wildlife. They provide vital food and shelter for key pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects. They support birds, hedgehogs, bats and other small mammals.
Native UK wildflower seeds are available for creating meadows. These are sourced from original wild stocks in the UK and then multiplied up commercially. They fall into two categories. Firstly Cornfield Annuals, such as the brightly coloured Poppy and Cornflower. Secondly Perennial Meadows with species like Oxeye Daisy and Lesser Knapweed. Annuals will give a one-off array of colour flowering the first summer after planting. Perennials take longer to establish but will then persist from year to year. They need very low maintenance, simply needing to be cut down in the autumn.
Cosmos flower in the garden. A meadow of Cosmos flowers.
Our family business has been supplying meadow mixtures for over 30 years. During which time we have developed a wide range of native meadow mixes as well as native wildflower plug plant mixtures. In the last few years, we’ve have seen the successful introduction of non-native wildflower species. These work in partnership with our native varieties. They give even more dramatic and colourful displays, as well as encouraging biodiversity.
Non Native Species
The global plight of the bee is becoming more widely understood. So, three years ago we introduced our Urban Pollinator range. This was to help in the battle to increase the habitat and food sources of bees and other important pollinators. These mixes comprise both native and non-native annuals. Including our Hardy Annual mix and the very aptly named Rainbow and Colour Explosion mixes.
We had such an enthusiastic response to our Urban Pollinator mixes that we were inspired to develop a new complementary range. These we have called ‘Beautiful Wildflower Meadows’. These are now available and include native and non-native annuals and perennials.
There are four Beautiful Wildflower Meadow mixes to choose from. Each one carefully designed to give a strong impact in the first year courtesy of the annuals. Then allowing the perennials to do their work and help the mixes develop and evolve into a beautiful meadow over the years.
You can choose from:
‘Simple Summer Meadow mix’ – this is a carefully selected mix of six annual and nine perennial varieties to give a beautiful summer meadow.
‘Instant Sunshine Mini Meadow mix’ - over 20 annuals and 20 perennials make up this bright and colourful mix.
‘Bee and Butterfly Meadow mix’ - includes 18 species including the pollinator-attracting Bee Balm and the dramatic Blazing Star flower.
‘Russell Lupins Meadow mix’ – an extremely colourful mixture of Lupins which are sown alongside grass and wildflowers to create an attractive, interesting and unusual meadow.
If you’d like more information on our Beautiful Meadows Range, or advice on any of our products. Then please do get in touch either by phone on 0800 0854399 or by email at email@example.com. There’s also lots of information available throughout our website. We’re always happy to help.