UK wildflower seeds bring beauty, vibrancy and charm to your garden while providing a valuable habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife. For this reason, we carefully selected the wildflower seeds in our mixes to ensure they grow to be visually stunning and benefit all the tenants in your garden. Our wildflower seeds offer ornamental displays, and we have mixes that grow in the shade and mixes that bees and pollinators love.
Selecting the best UK wildflower seeds for your garden
Adding wildflower seeds to your UK garden adds a natural habitat for local wildlife while looking fantastic! Wildflowers are packed with pollen and seeds that benefit birds, bugs and pollinators in and around your garden. This is why knowing what wildflower seed mix to pick will help you get the most out of your meadow and ensure your local wildlife reaps the benefits, too!
We have listed our locally sourced UK wildflower seed mixes below and given some information about each. This includes what benefits each of them offers and where they grow best.
You will notice we have wildflowers for different soil types and mixes, including meadow grasses. We include grass in the mix to help create a dense ecosystem and offer a safe haven for local wildlife.
Wildflower for Normal Soil Types in Non-Shaded Areas:
- Annuals Mix (does not include grass): contains the nation’s favourite annual cornfield wildflowers that provide a beautiful, ornamental display of colour. Although annual flowers offer only one show, the seeds they drop will offer returns over the next few years. You can also look at our wildflower meadow management guide, which can help increase the number of flowers that reseed. This guide includes tips on how to help the reseeding process and encourage more flowers to return the next year.
- Meadow Magic (does not include grass): contains a mix of UK native annuals and perennials for an ornamental display. There is no grass in this mix, and it focuses on bringing character and colour to your garden. This premium mix flowers vividly in the first year of establishment, and the perennial flowers offer a beautiful bloom in the following seasons.
- Flowering Meadow (includes grass): contains a mixture of UK native annuals and longer-lasting perennials for a stunning array of colours and shapes. This seed mix has meadow grasses that grow faster than the flowers and will appear first after the mix is sown. This seed mix creates a habitat for local wildlife, followed by the beauty and vibrancy of British wildflowers.
- Bees and Pollinators (includes grass): contains a mixture of UK native annuals and perennials that are excellent at attracting bees and pollinators. And this mix is RHS Plants for Pollinators approved and contains complementing arable grasses.
Wildflower Mixes Suited to Shaded Areas:
- Shaded Area Wildflowers (includes grass): contains UK native annual and perennial wildflowers that are shade tolerant. Many of the wildflowers included typically grow naturally in forested areas. The grasses in the mix provide a canopy habitat for local wildlife and make shaded spots of your garden look beautiful!
Wildflowers for Problematic Soils:
- Heavy Clay Soil Wildflower (includes grass): contains UK native annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive in clay soils. Arable grasses complement these wildflowers and give smaller animals a haven to live. The wildflowers in this mix are deep-rooting and thrive in clay soils where most other species struggle!
- Sandy Soil Wildflower (includes grass): contains UK native annual and perennial wildflowers that thrive in sandy soils. This mix also includes arable grasses that offer wildlife a vibrant habitat. The wildflower species in this mix were selected based on their ability to root and grow well in sandy soils where most other plants would not succeed.
How to sow our wildflower seed
We have a detailed guide full of tips and advice for creating a wildflower meadow, and we have included a few key points below to get you started on the process:
- Start by removing grass, weeds and other flora
- Remove the top 5-10cm of soil to reduce soil fertility if your chosen area contains good-quality topsoil
- Dig the soil over, then firm it down, and then rake it to create a level seedbed
- Sow the wildflower seed either by hand or with a seed spreader at the recommended rate
- Rake your wildflower seed into the soil and moisten the ground well
- Cover the newly seeded area with netting to protect it from birds and cats
- Ensure the soil is kept moist and wait for the flowers to appear
You can also check out our wildflower meadow management guide for more information on looking after your meadow.
For further reading, we have listed guides below to get you up to speed on the ins and outs of growing wildflowers in the UK: