The seed mixes are based on the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). All our mixes are perennial wild flowers designed to create a permanent meadow with the exception of mix VII cornfield annuals.
Companion grasses are given for each of the seed mixes; all mixes contain 20% wildflower seed and 80% grass seed.
Sowing rate: 3-5g/m2
Use the higher rate for poor seedbeds, small areas, or where Spring sowing.
Choosing the grass mix
Companion grasses are given for each of the seed mixes. Where grazing is not required with Mixes II and III, use grasses in Mix I.
Mix I. Amenity Meadows/Field Margins
Mix I has some of the most adaptable wild flowers suitable for all soil types including high quality nectar species. The 6 species grass mix including low-growing fescues is designed for minimal growth. This mix is ideal for small areas and field margins where colour and nectar are required.
Mix II is comparable to MG5 (neutral grassland) found in old meadows and suited to a wide range of soil types. Yellow rattle is included, which helps suppress grass growth. See growing guide 2. Use grasses in Mix I if minimum grass growth is desired.
Mix III is comparable to CG2 (chalk grassland). Thin soils over chalk reduce grass competition and a wide range of attractive flowers can be grown. Use grasses in Mix I if minimum grass growth is desired.
Mix V is designed for the semi-shade of broad-leaved woodland. This mix is restricted to species which produce seed such as bluebells, foxglove (biennials), nettle-leaved bellflower, wood avens, red campion and a number of meadow species often found in woodland. Many woodland species only produce runners or rhizomes.
Mix VI is a robust mix and requires a single cut in autumn as the only management. Species in this mix include those adapted to climbing into the hedge such as greater birdsfoot trefoil, hedge bedstraw, meadow vetchling and tufted vetch.