Bees & Pollinators

  • A vibrant mix of pollinator-perfect flora
  • Contains a balanced mix of annuals, perennials and grasses
  • Wildflowers expertly picked for their bee attracting abilities
From £17.40 £14.50

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Product Description

Our Bees & Pollinators wildflower mix is a bountiful blend of wildflowers recommended on the RHS Plants for Pollinators list. Our team expertly picked each wildflower based on its attracting abilities while still maintaining a mix that is colourful, cohesive and ideal for most soil types.

Mixture Breakdown

0.5% Musk Mallow
When does it bloom?

July - August

What colour is it?

Pink / Lilac

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Malva moschata

Description

Musk Mallow is a light pink perennial that sits open and welcome for bees to land on. It’s easy to access pollen makes it the ideal flower for attracting bees alongside its sweet musky scent that invites them to pop in for more than just a pit stop!

1% Red Clover
When does it bloom?

May / September

What colour is it?

Purple / Pink

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Trifolium pratense

Description

Red Clover is a popular perennial that despite its name, is actually purple! It's dome-shaped flowers are relatively low-growing which makes it the perfect fodder food for livestock, but is also a fan favourite of weary bees who need a feed a little closer to the ground.

2% Oxeye Daisy
When does it bloom?

May / September

What colour is it?

White / Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Leucanthemum vulgare

Description

Imagine the daisy chain these would make! Oxeye Daisy is the largest member of the daisy family and its almost flat surface makes the perfect landing pad for bees and pollinators.

0.4% Garlic Mustard
When does it bloom?

April - June

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Alliaria petiolate

Description

Garlic Mustard is a pretty white perennial that can be typically found in hedgerows and woodland where it thrives in dark and moist soils. If you're wondering how it got Garlic in its name, when its leaves are crushed they smell of it!

0.8% Kidney Vetch
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

Yellow / Orange

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Anthyllis vulneraria

Description

Kidney Vetch is a bright yellow budding wildflower that sometimes gets the name Woundwort. Although this isn't the nicest nickname, it was once used for treating ailments, and of course - wounds.

1.4% Cornflower
When does it bloom?

June - August

What colour is it?

Violet

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Centaurea cyanus

Description

Cornflower was previously considered a weed in amongst its cornfield annuals companions but is now accepted and widely praised as one of its finest! We're not surprised - who could dismiss those electric blue blooms?

0.5% Cow Parsley
When does it bloom?

May - June

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Anthriscus sylvestris

Description

Cow Parsley is a shade tolerant wildflower that can be found naturally growing in woodland areas and its stem branches out into many clusters of tiny white flowers. It is sometimes referred to as 'Queen Anne's Lace' as it was said it would bloom for Queen Anne and her ladies in waiting and resembled the lace on their dresses.

1% Golden Oat Grass
When does it bloom?

This is a grass seed and typically germinates at temperatures of 8 -10 degrees.

What colour is it?

Green / Beige

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Stipa gigantea

Description

Golden Oat Grass is a tufted arable grass that performs in most soil types

0.6% Common Vetch
When does it bloom?

May - September

What colour is it?

Purple

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Vicia sativa ssp. Segetalis

Description

Common Vetch produces delicate purple flowers that make it a very desirable wildflower. It is considered a 'scrambling plant', which means it makes an extra special effort to climb to the sun and weave its way above many other wildflowers.

0.5% Teasel
When does it bloom?

July - August

What colour is it?

Purple

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Dipsacus fullonum

Description

Teasel when in flower is great at attracting bees as it becomes a dome of small purple petals, with spikey leaves that are handy to land on and hold on to! Whilst this wildflower is great for bees, when it isn’t in bloom it’s also great for birds, in particular Goldfinches who feast on its seeds.

30% Sheeps Fescue
When does it bloom?

This is a grass seed and typically germinates at temperatures of 8 -10 degrees.

What colour is it?

Green / Beige

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Festuca ovina

Description

Sheeps Fescue is a grass that performs in most soil types

20% Slender Creeping Red Fescue
When does it bloom?

This is a grass seed and typically germinates at temperatures of 8 -10 degree

What colour is it?

Green / Beige

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Festuca rubra

Description

Slender Creeping Red Fescue is a grass that performs in most soil types

24% Chewings Fescue
When does it bloom?

This is a grass seed and typically germinates at temperatures of 8 -10 degrees

What colour is it?

Green / Beige

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Festuca rubra ssp. Commutata

Description

Chewing's Fescue is a grass that performs in most soil types

0.5% Dandelion
When does it bloom?

May - October

What colour is it?

Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Taraxacum officinale

Description

Although it may be most people’s worst nightmare, dandelions are a great source of pollen for bees and butterflies alike and shouldn't be overlooked. Providing a pop of colour to your meadow, dandelions are diverse and will grow in most soil conditions.

0.2% Small Scabious
When does it bloom?

June – October

What colour is it?

Lilac

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Scabiosa columbaria

Description

Although small in size, this pretty wildflower packs a purple punch in amongst any wildflower sward! Another pincushion flower, it is ideal for bees and pollinators to rest and revitalise on.

5% Browntop Bentgrass
When does it bloom?

This is a grass seed and typically germinates at temperatures of 8 -10 degrees

What colour is it?

Green / Beige

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Agrostis vinealis

Description

Browntop Bentgrass is a grass that performs in most soil types

2.5% Red Campion
When does it bloom?

March - November

What colour is it?

Pink

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Silene dioica

Description

Red Campion has hot pink petals that make for quite the show stopper in your wildflower meadow, and can typically be found in woodland areas. Red Campion begins to flower once bluebells begin to fade, so if you notice this happening in your wildflower sward you can begin to look forward to their fuchsia blooms!

2% Corn Poppy
When does it bloom?

Red / Black

What colour is it?

Papaver rhoeas

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Papaver rhoeas

Description

Corn Poppy is a vibrant and bright addition to any meadow and easily recognisable and identifiable throughout the UK. Of course it has meaning for many, and also adds a colourful pop to any wildflower plot!

1% White Clover
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Trifolium repens

Description

White Clover is a great source of food for bees and pollinators who can enjoy its nectar from a slightly shorter height. Its dome flowers create a pretty globe of white blooms.

1% Birdsfoot Trefoil
When does it bloom?

May - September

What colour is it?

Yellow / Red

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Lotus corniculatus

Description

Birdsfoot Trefoil is part of the pea family and grows up to 35cm. It is well known for its yellow slipper like petals and red centre, which has given it the nickname of 'Eggs and Bacon'!

2% Evening Primrose
When does it bloom?

June – September

What colour is it?

Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Oenothera biennis

Description

Evening Primrose is a buttercup-like perennial that is well known for its medicinal benefits. The sole ingredient of Evening Primrose Oil, while it may be of use for some ailments, its particularly pretty just to look at!

1% Borage
When does it bloom?

June - July

What colour is it?

Violet

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Borago Officinalis

Description

This violet annual is aptly nicknamed ‘Star-flower’ for its starburst appearance. It’s also known as the ‘bee bush’ and ‘bee bread’ for its unrivalled ability to attract bees.

1% Greater Knapweed
When does it bloom?

July - September

What colour is it?

Purple

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Centaurea Scabiosa

Description

Greater Knapweed is the larger relative of Common Knapweed, with distinctly larger flower heads. Just like its smaller sibling, Greater Knapweed is a vital source of food for bees and pollinators.

1.1% Wild Carrot
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Daucus carota

Description

Part of the carrot family, Wild Carrot smells like carrots but is not the kind of one you would want to eat. Its low nutrient and drought tolerant abilities make it ideal for sandy soils.

Usage Guide

Remove any existing grass, plants or flora from the area where you plan to sow your wildflower seed. Failure to do this will produce poor results
Further remove the top 5-10cm to reduce soil fertility
Allow the area to cultivate for several weeks, and remove any weeds that may pop in the area during this time
Do not be tempted to add top soil, compost or fertiliser to the area - wildflowers prefer low nutrient conditions
After the cultivation period ensure to remove stones or any other debris and rake the area to create a fine, friable and level seedbed
Scatter the seed at a rate of 5g per m2
Rake the seed so that it is in amongst the soil
Water the just-sown wildflower seed well
If sowing in drought conditions, water as required to keep the area moist in the first 6 weeks after sowing

Sowing Rate 5g per m2
When For best results sow in September

Aftercare

I’ve sown my wildflower seed in April / May (spring)

In August / September of the first year you have sown your wildflower seed, cut your wildflower sward to 7cm after flowering – you can do this by putting your mower on a high setting. In most cases remove clippings* (Note: a late spring sowing will result in late flowering). Do not be tempted fertilise or add top soil to this area – wildflowers prefer poor soil conditions, and this is how they should stay. Continue this same process, year after year. *If you have annual wildflowers in your mix and you do not wish them to return the following year, remove the clippings. If you want your wildflowers to return the following year - let them go to seed head, and manually assist their self-seeding by firming the seed heads into the soil. By doing this, your annuals will return the following year.

I’ve sown my wildflower seed in September / October (autumn)

In March / April of the first year of sowing your wildflower seed, make sure there is sufficient material to mow – your wildflowers / grasses should be at a height of 10cm. If your wildflowers are at this height, mow to 7cm no later than mid-April, as this will delay their blooming process. In August / September, after they have bloomed, cut your wildflower meadow again to 7cm, remove all clippings unless you want your annuals to return. If you want your wildflowers to return the following year - let them go to seed head, and manually assist their self-seeding by firming the seed heads into the soil. By doing this, your annuals will return the following year.

The above photo depicts the variety of species you should expect to see in your wildflower display. Please note that certain species within this mix and all our wildflower mixes may become more abundant than others, subject to the conditions that they are sown in. Taking this into consideration, your wildflower meadow will evolve and adapt year on year, changing in appearance as certain species may become more dominant than others.

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