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 £28.80 £24.00
 

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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

2% 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!

2.0 Corn Poppy
When does it bloom?

June – August

What colour is it?

Red / Black

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

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

0.7% 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

1.5% 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

1.7% 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!

2.5% 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.

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 shaded areas.

2% Foxglove
When does it bloom?

June – September

What colour is it?

Pink / Purple

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Digitalis purpurea

Description

Foxgloves are biennial wildflowers that when sown will reward you with blooms for two whole years. Their bright pink / purple bells are attractive to bees and pollinators who tunnel in to feed on its nectar.

0.1% Meadow Sweet
When does it bloom?

June - September

What colour is it?

White

Annual or Perennial?

Perennial

Latin Name

Filipendula ulmaria

Description

Meadow Sweet produces frothy clusters of sweet-smelling white flowers. It can be found and favours woodland shaded areas with damp soil

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.

Product Questions

Product Questions

Are most of the varieties relatively low growing? That’s what we want.
Question by: Paul Vann on 26 Jun 2021, 20:05
Hi Paul, we can not guarantee that any of the mixes will be low growing. Each mix has a selection of followers that grow to varying heights.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 28 Jun 2021, 13:50
Hi, we planted our seed in May this year and had a good show of flowers. I intend cutting back as per your advice to 7 cm but there are some patches where the seed didn't take. Should I re-seed these now or wait until next year?
Question by: Paul Tonkin on 6 Sept 2022, 15:35
Hi Paul. thank you for your question. You can always add more wildflowers to your meadow year on year. We would recommend doing this in spring or autumn when your meadow has been mown. You should scarify the area to achieve bare soil to sow your new wildflower seed.
Answer by: Helen McGale on 6 Sept 2022, 15:49
Hi, We've moved to East Sussex and have inherited a garden that has plants but no grass. I have two cats who need to munch grass for hair balls etc! We have created a small area that drains within one of the patio'd terraces and I would like to make this a wildflower/grass area. Will the shady wildflower mix produce grass too that my cats could nibble at? We plan to cut this area once a year with shears as it is really too small for a lawn mower. Thank you.
Question by: Judy Fishwick on 7 Jul 2021, 16:08
Hi Judy

We do not recommend allowing pets to graze on wildflowers. Whilst most are safe, there can be few such as Buttercups and Foxgloves that are poisonous to animals and can be to humans. Each of these wildflowers have minor to moderate toxicity and can prove fatal if consumed / ingested in any amount. Therefore, we would not recommend sowing any of our wildflower seed mixes, or any others, near your children or pets if you have concerns that they would consume them.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 7 Jul 2021, 16:14
I have just scarified the chosen lawn area for sowing. Would it be sufficient time to leave it to cultivate until the end of September and sow then or should I wait until Spring?
Question by: Shirley Joy Osborn on 8 Sept 2022, 15:00
Hi Shirley, thank you for your question. Autumn and spring are great times to sow wildflower seeds. Annuals will appear 60-80 days after sowing, perennials will have a small showing but will take up to one year to fully establish. If you sow in Autumn, you should expect a showing in early spring, and if sowing in spring, you should see blooms in summer.
Answer by: Helen McGale on 8 Sept 2022, 15:05
I live in Scotland, where winters / spring are a bit more harsh. I was planning on planting a small wild flower garden in our East facing front garden in the spring. Is the shades verity the best and will planting in spring in Scotland produce good results?
Question by: Jim Muir on 22 Oct 2022, 12:46
Hi Jim, If your garden is covered by shade then it is best to go for the shaded areas wildflower mix. Sowing in spring is also fine. We have a blog post on our website which might be of interest to you.
It is called, When should I sow wildflowers? This goes into more detail about sowing wildflowers at different times.
Answer by: Colm Hicks on 24 Oct 2022, 15:01
Would it be too late if we planted these in late November?
Question by: Clare Montaudouin on 7 Nov 2022, 20:02
There are two times in the year that we recommend sowing a meadow, one is spring and the other is autumn, so if you wish to do it this year you are in good time. However, I would try to do it sooner rather than later, before the ground freezes. Now is an ideal time because the seeds need to undergo the process of stratification (a freeze) to kick-start their germination. If you were to sow the seed now, nothing will happen until next spring, early in the season.
Answer by: Roisin McCann (Admin) on 8 Nov 2022, 13:29
Hi,

I have some very steep banks in my north east facing garden - so naturally fairly shady - and plan to seed with wildflower and grasses. Is this seed mix suitable for planting on banks…and how would I retain the seed when watering in the early days (I have a vision of a bare bank with lots of flowers and grass at the bottom where the seed has slid down the bank!)
Many thanks
Question by: Jennie on 18 Aug 2021, 12:27
Hi Jennie, thanks very much for your question. If you would like to send some picture of the area you wish to seed to [email protected] we can take a closer look and advise on the best course of action and make a few recommendations. I look forward to hearing from you. Roisin
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 18 Aug 2021, 14:28
Hi. My front garden gets a little morning sun, and then sun again from 4pm. Would I use the shady wildflower mix? Can I mix a couple of different types?
Will they flower all year round?
Thanks.
Question by: Dee on 3 Nov 2020, 08:43
Hi Dee

If you plan to sow now wildflowers will bloom from spring through the summer but not all year. If there are grasses within the mix then these will be the first to show and will be around for longer. If your garden has limited access to sunlight even during the summer months then I would recommend the shaded mix. It is a mix of annuals, perennials and grasses that will tolerate and establish in damp and shaded areas.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 3 Nov 2020, 10:06
Can I still sow the wildflower mix for a shaded area I bought from you
Question by: Ken Nicholson on 10 Nov 2020, 20:54
Hi Ken

Whilst autumn is still a great to time to sow wildflowers you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of flowers until the spring. However if there are grass varieties within the mix and temperatures are right for germination you could expect to see this first. These temperatures need to be consistent for 2 weeks. The thing to note with any of our shaded mixes is that they do require warmer temperatures to assist germination and may struggle at this time of year. the good news is that the wildflowers mix will keep until then if stored in a cool dry place.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 11 Nov 2020, 09:35
Is this suitable to sow over spring bulbs that will flower February-March? Or will the growth of the wild flowers and grasses already be too tall at this time of year and make the bulbs difficult to see? Ideally I'd like the bulbs to flower and then the wildflowers to take over. Thank you
Question by: Ellie on 24 Aug 2021, 16:56
Hi Ellie, this is difficult to say as it depends on very much on the conditions, weather etc. If you decide to sow the wildflowers in Autumn then the wildflowers will bloom in early spring, you can expect to see the grasses when temperatures are 8-10 degrees or higher. The grasses will establish first and around 60-80 days after the first of your wildflowers will bloom.
Answer by: Roisin McCann on 25 Aug 2021, 13:23

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