Autumn is the perfect time to sow a hardy annual wildflower display. The soil is still warm for quick germination, and resulting seedlings will be watered by autumn rain. Come winter they’ll be tough enough to face the cold weather, quickly waking up in spring to put on a much stronger show than spring-sown seeds.
Establishing the right balance of wild species can be tricky. Fortunately we have taken the guesswork out of wild flowers by offering a range of ready-to-sow mixes and species – simply prepare ground, scatter the seed and rake in!
Our Top 10
Cornflower ‘Blue Diadem’
Powder puff Cornflowers of intense azure blue were once a common sight in summer, dotted throughout golden cornfields. This charming annual still makes an unforgettable impact in grassy meadows and summer borders. Sow: March, April, May, August, and September. Flowering: June, July, and August.
Stiff stems carry whorls of sulphur yellow, tubular, flowers with a delicate, sweet fragrance. Once established, Giant Cowslips will naturalise to form swathes of lush, mid green foliage that makes ideal ground cover for natural planting schemes. Flowering: June, July and August.
Our meadowland mixture includes over 30 wild flowers, suitable for newcomers to wild flower growing. Contents include: Lady’s Bedstraw, Meadow Buttercup, Corn Chamomile, Wild Clary, Cowslip, Crane’s-Bill, Ox-eye Daisy and many others.
An attractive wild flower with bright pink flowers with raggedy petals. Hence it is often known as Ragged Robin, because, just like the bird, it stands out brightly at the start of summer. Plant in damp areas of the garden.
Often seen sprinkling cornfields with its bright scarlet flowers. Ideal for creating a bright splash of colour in a sunny corner where little else will grow, or in the wild garden where it self seeds with ease. Flowers early summer. Sowing Months: March, April, May, June, September, October.
A mixture of the cornfield weeds of yesterday plus other attractive wild flowers to provide a splash of colour in a difficult area or create a mini cornfield in your wildlife garden. In the vegetable garden they can provide colour and nectar to attract pollinating insects and predators.
Tall, striking, thistle-like plants with serrated leaves and large spiny flower heads. A valuable source of nectar for bees and butterflies, as well as attracting many seed-eating birds to your garden or wild flower meadow. Makes attractive, dried, cut flowers.
The captivating bell shaped flowers of this charming fritillary are instantly recognizable by their distinctive snakes-skin markings. A sprinkling of snakes head fritillaries are a sight to behold when naturalised in damp woodlands or informal areas of grass. These charming wildflowers are protected in the wild and rarely seen in their native meadow habitats.
An exciting blend, specially selected to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden. Excellent for making attractive drifts of colour and your garden a haven for wildlife. Easy to grow.
Wild flower Collection
A unique collection to help you create for yourself the natural beauty of the countryside with your own wild flower garden. Not so long ago wild flowers were one of the most beautiful features of the countryside. Including wonderful wild flowers such as cowslip and corn cockle.
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