Here’s a selection of various native flower seeds from our gardens. There’s a mix of annual, biennial and perennial flowers. The annuals will flower the first year along with some of the perennials and as you go along the perennials will take over. You can always collect the seeds yourself especially with the annuals if you want to have them every year. When sowing directly onto soil, we recommend having the ground as clear as possible before you start. Sprinkle sparsely by hand and rake over. If the soil is very dry pick a time just before the rain, or give the soil a watering when you’re done sowing. The more grasses and other plants that are there, the less chance they will have to establish themselves. If you want to plant into lawns or areas where other plants exist, then try sowing into modules first and planting out the plugs when the seedlings have grown and are big enough. Can be sown in spring or autumn. Suits most soils.
Once its flowered at the end of the season, if you want to maintain your meadow then it will need to be cut and the debris removed at some point. We’ve been leaving ours over winter for the birds and other things to eat the seed and live amongst the stalks. Come early spring when most of the seed will have been taken, then we have cut ours back to open out the thatch and give light and room for the new growth to come up. All these plants are good for insects and biodiversity generally and a 15 gram package should be enough to sow an area 10 metres squared. It’s made up of yarrow, hawksbeard, foxglove, teasel, corn marigold, mallows, angelica, wild carrot, plantains, cockles, cornflowers, poppies plus I’m sure a few surprises!