Shaded Areas Wildflowers

  • Creates a meadow of wildflowers that can grow in little light
  • Helps to provide a canopy habitat for pollinators and wildlife
  • Makes use of forgotten-about shady spaces
From £82.80 £69.00

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Product Description

Growing wildflowers in shady spaces doesn’t have to be difficult – all you need is the right seed! We cultivated this Shaded Area wildflower mix, so that it contains only the wildflowers that are the very best at growing in little light and are similar to what you would find growing naturally beneath trees or in a woodland setting. With annuals, perennials and grass -  this mix will help you to create the meadow you’ve longed for in the darker parts of your garden. Containing RHS Plants for Pollinators wildflowers, this mix will attact bees and other pollinators.

Mixture Breakdown

3.4% Red Campion
When does it bloom?

March – November

What colour is it?

Pink

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

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!

1% Hedge Bedstraw
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Galium mollugo

Description

Hedge Bedstraw is also known as 'False Baby Breath' as it bears a similar resemblance to the actual wildflower, Baby Breath! As its more common name suggests, you can find Hedge Bedstraw in shaded areas with little to no light and in hedgerows.

25% Tall 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 arundinacea

Description

Tall Fescue is a grass that performs in most soil types

0.3% Bluebell
When does it bloom?

April – May

What colour is it?

Violet

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Description

How can you not love this woodland wildflower that can often be found growing underneath trees or dark moist spaces! Sadly, native UK bluebells are under threat from Spanish Bluebells, that are lot more ruthless in their rooting. Luckily, this mix contains UK native Bluebells!

15% Crested Dogstail
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

Cynosurus cristatus

Description

Crested Dogstail is a grass that performs in most soil types

25% Slender Creeping Red 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

Description

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

1% Wood Avens
When does it bloom?

May – November

What colour is it?

Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Geum urbanum

Description

Wood Avens can be naturally found in dark and warm spaces and brightens them up with its yellow star-like petals

5% Wood Meadow 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

Poa nemoralis

Description

Wood Meadow Grass is a grass that performs in most soil types

10% Strong Creeping Red 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

Description

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

1.6% Yellow Flag
When does it bloom?

June - August

What colour is it?

Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Iris pseudacorus

Description

Yellow Flag is the common name for Yellow Iris, a perennial wildflower that is a tripod of hooked yellow blooms. It enjoys damp conditions so can often be found on the forest floor.

0.6% 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!

2% Corncockle
When does it bloom?

May – September

What colour is it?

Purple

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Agrostemma githago

Description

Corncockle is a pretty purple wildflower with tall stems and full petals and is a bright addition to any annuals mix. It is currently rare and endangered.

0.1% Greater Stitchwort
When does it bloom?

April - July

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Stellaria holostea

Description

Greater Stitchwort has a funny nickname - Daddy's Shirt Buttons! This is because when it disperses its seeds they pop open! This white wildflower has a star-like appearance with five petals that then split into two, making it a very special wildflower to come across in woodland areas.

2% 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 shaded areas.

2.5% 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% Agrimony
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

Yellow

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Agrimonia eupatoria

Description

Agrimony is a spikey perennial wildflower with buttercup-like blooms which stems can grow up to 80cm!

2.5% 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, it’s particularly pretty just to look at!

1% 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% Salad Burnet
When does it bloom?

May – September

What colour is it?

Pink / Green

Annual or Perennial?

Annual

Latin Name

Sanguisorba minor

Description

A perennial wildflower with toothed leaves and pink flowers, its leaves when crushed smell like cucumber and used to be used in salads!

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
Sowing Depth 20 - 40mm
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 wish for your annual wildflowers to make a reappearance the following spring, follow the process above by letting the seed heads drop into the soil, and give them a helping hand by firming them into the soil.

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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