The nectar-rich blooms of the pollinator-friendly flowers in this easy-to-grow perennial wildflower mixture provide seasonal colour bursts while attracting bees and butterflies and enriching biodiversity. Ideal for environmental stewardship projects and as low maintenance or conservation garden planting.
The species in this native perennial wildflower mix include: birdsfoot trefoil, black medick, meadow buttercup, common knapweed, common sorrel, cowslip, common poppy, field scabious, kidney vetch, lady’s bedstraw, sainfoin, salad burnet, selfheal, St. John’s wort, musk mallow, wild carrot, wild marjoram, yarrow, yellow rattle, red clover, ribwort plantain, and oxeye daisy.
Contents may change with each new harvest and depending on availability. Suitable for most soil types, do not add compost or fertiliser when sowing.
Should I plant annual or perennial wildflowers? Both offer food plants and habitat for pollinators, the main difference is that annual wildflowers reestablish from their own seed, whereas perennial wildflowers put down a root system and can be relied upon to return every year.
When should I sow wildflower seeds? The best time of year to sow wildflower seed is in the autumn. The natural cycle of meadow wildflowers is such that they drop their seed at the end of their flowering season, usually toward the end of September, and the seed then spends the winter on the ground before germinating in the spring. However, wildflower seeds will germinate at any time of year if the conditions are right. As such wildflower seeds can also be sown in late spring and early summer. Spring sowing will result in a later flowering schedule.
How to establish wildflowers that bloom early in the year: as most of the species in this mix are perennial, and take a little longer to establish, we suggest sowing this mix in the autumn alongside our Cornfield Colours Annual Wildflower Mixture which will help to establish a vibrant display at the start of summer.
Sowing rate: We recommend sowing our native North Downs wildflower mix at a rate of 2 grams per square metre. For more densely populated growth this can be increased to 4 grams per square metre. To encourage even distribution when scattering, wildflower seeds can be mixed with dry sand, sawdust, or flour at a weight ratio of 1:4 (seed to spreader).
When to sow: Ideally sown in autumn, however for germination mid-season it can be sown when the ground temperature is above 12 degrees and the conditions are warm and wet. Ensure that the seeds are sitting just below the surface of the soil. Do not drill. Take a look at these tips for successful wildflower seed germination.