Meadows Advice Centre

A Pictorial Meadow can be achieved by anyone, but with some of our meadow types, a little knowledge will be needed to help you to achieve the best results. 

There's lots of ways you can learn about designer meadows, from online webinars and garden open days, to articles and the frequently asked questions below. 

If you can't find the answer to your question below, you can always ask our experts.

Upcoming Events

Futurescape 2021
16th & 17th November
ExCEL London

Futurescape 2021

FutureScape Expo 2021 - the UK’s must-attend landscaping event. For the past eight years, it has been a vital addition to the calendar for anyone within the industry. FutureScape Expo is a bustling two-day show with informative seminars and debates full of practical business advice and a chance to connect, share and collaborate.

Pictorial Meadows will be returning to Futurescape again this year and will have our meadow experts on hand to answer any of your questions and discuss and upcoming projects. We look forward to see you there!

Tickets are free, and available from the Futurescape website.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Annual Meadow FAQS

Yes, but it is not advised as you can expect to lose most if not all of the new seedlings during the winter. The remaining un-germinated seeds will grow earlier in spring and will provide a sparser display in the spring and summer.

No. If you are trying to establish a proper perennial meadow then do not put annual seeds with the mix. Annuals will very quickly out compete the slower perennials and create bare patches later in the season which will encourage weed infestation. If you want a hybrid mix that is very easy to establish and will flower happily for 2-3 years or more use our ‘Magic Carpet’ mix.

No. Grass is very competitive and will quickly dominate. If you want to make the mix go further you are better to decrease the sowing rate – but keep the edges close to the paths at the normal rate if you can.

It’s best to stick to the 2 to 3 grams a metre rule as that’s how we’ve formulated the meadow designs but don’t worry too much either way. 3 grams and you will get a thicker, more boisterous display. It will probably look amazing early on but be a bit too competitive for a fantastic late display. Exactly the opposite if you’ve gone down to 1 gram. It might look very sparse to start with but often this is compensated by each individual plant growing much bigger and some amazing late season meadows.

No, not really. Many species won’t reseed at all. Some species will but in a much more random and patchy way. If you have a fairly infertile soil though or you have experienced very little weed infestation you can get some lovely 2nd and 3rd year displays taking place from the few species that do reseed.

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Perennial Meadow FAQS

No. If you are trying to establish a proper perennial meadow then do not put annual seeds with the mix. Annuals will very quickly out compete the slower perennials and create bare patches in the sward later in the season which will encourage weed infestation. If you want a hybrid mix that is very easy to establish and will flower happily for 2-3 years or more use our Magic Carpet’ mix.

No. Grass is very competitive and will quickly dominate.

It’s best to stick to the 2 grams a metre rule as that’s how we’ve formulated the meadow designs. Do not under sow a perennial meadow as you wont get the all important number of species to grow and cover the ground. If in doubt its always better to over sow a perennial meadow than under sow.

No, even though the mix recipe will be the same, everyone’s meadow will develop its own unique characteristics and these will continue to change throughout the year, and year to year.

No. We have sown meadows in areas that were afterwards visited by big flocks of birds and in areas where mice and squirrels were particularly happy and so were our meadows in the end.

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