Shade, Hedgerow & Woodland Wildflower Mix

Shade, Hedgerow & Woodland Wildflower Mix

The shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix is a native wildflower seed mix which can be used to create an attractive wildflower meadow on most soil types with low-moderate nutrients in areas which are in partial shade for much of the day.

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Shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix

The shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix is a general purpose wildflower mix with a good range of flowering species which are traditionally found in shaded areas such as woodlands and under hedgerows in the UK. The mix contains only native sourced wildflower seed and can be used in a broad range of situations, particularly where there is a desire to increase the environmental value of grassland areas.

Product Summary

Type of Mix Main Flowering Period Sowing Rate Bag Weight Bag Coverage
20% wildflower & 80% grass June - September 5 g/m2 0.25 kg 50 m2
1 kg 200 m2
100% wildflower June - September 2 g/m2 0.25 kg 125 m2

Mixture

Wildflowers

Scientific Name Common Name 80/20 mix 100% mix
Achillea millefolium Yarrow 1.2% 6.0%
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony 2.0% 10.0%
Alliaria petiolata Hedge garlic 0.8% 4.0%
Arum maculatum Lords-and-ladies 0.1% 0.5%
Campanula trachelium Nettle-leaved bellflower 0.6% 3.0%
Centaurea nigra Common knapweed 2.0% 10.0%
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove 1.6% 8.0%
Galium album Hedge bedstraw 0.8% 4.0%
Geranium pyrenaicum Hedgerow crane's bill 0.2% 1.0%
Geum urbanum Wood Avens 1.4% 7.0%
Hypericum hirsutum Hairy St John's wort 0.8% 4.0%
Knautia arvensis Field scabious 1.6% 8.0%
Prunella vulgaris Selfheal 1.6% 8.0%
Silene dioica Red campion 1.6% 8.0%
Stachys sylvatica Hedge woundwort 1.0% 5.0%
Teucrium scorodonia Wood sage 1.2% 6.0%
Torilis japonica Upright hedge parsley 0.6% 3.0%
Verbascum thapsus Greater mullein 0.1% 0.5%
Vicia sepium Bush vetch 0.4% 2.0%
Vicia sylvatica Wood vetch 0.4% 2.0%

Grasses

Scientific Name Common Name 80/20 mix
Agrostis capillaris Common bent 8.0%
Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet vernal grass 1.6%
Brachypodium sylvaticum Wood false brome 0.8%
Cynosaurus cristatus Crested dogstail 24.0%
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted-hair grass 3.2%
Festuca rubra ssp commutata Chewings fescue 20.0%
Festuca rubra ssp litoralis Slender creeping red fescue 12.0%
Poa nemoralis Wood meadow grass 6.4%
Poa trivialis Rough meadow grass 4.0%

Application Recommendations

Where to use:

The shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix is suitable for sowing onto most low-moderate nutrient soil types in areas where there is partial shade such as open woodlands. For maximum species diversity sow onto low nutrient soils which are well-drained.

Soil pH Soil Types Soil Fertility Topography Soil moisture
Any Any Low nutrient Upland
Lowland
Well drained

When to use:

In general, the best time for sowing perennial wildflower seeds is late summer/autumn (late August-October) when there is likely to be consistent moisture and warmth without extremes of cold or dry. Spring (late March-May) is usually considered the next best time to sow perennial wildflower seed, particularly if the ground is likely to be waterlogged over the winter.

Application Window
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

How to use:

Prepare the ground
New Seed Bed Overseeding
Remove unwanted vegetation

Cultivate the soil to a depth of 150 mm removing the stones and debris

Level, then firm the seedbed

Rake the surface to product a fine tilth
Cut the grass short as possible and remove the clippings

Remove excess thatch to allow the seed to reach the soil surface

If compacted, aerate the soil
Provide water
If there has been little rainfall irrigate gently and slowly to fully wet through the soil profile
Sow seed
Sow seeds evenly using the correct sowing rate for the seed mix

Because sowing rates for wildflower seed are low, it is usually helpful to mix the seed with a carrier material such as slightly damp sand

Press the seeds into the soil using a roller or the back of a rake to ensure good seed to soil contact
Provide water
Keep the soil surface moist but not wet until the seeds have germinated AND established

Irrigate slowly and gently to avoid disturbing the seeds

Management & aftercare

Suggested mowing regime
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Leave uncut unless growth is vigorous Cut and collect clippings Allow to flower and seed Cut and collect clippings Leave uncut unless growth is vigorous

Many grasslands and meadows are traditionally managed by grazing but mowing and removing the clippings can be used to replicate the process of hay cutting and grazing. It is important to remove clippings to avoid nutrients being returned to the soil. Soils for wildflowers are usually low in nutrients to encourage species diversity.


For further information regarding the Shade, hedgerow & woodland wildflower mix or to discuss placing a bulk order, please contact our technical sales team on +44 (0)1902 440250.