Seeds of Success: Pictorial Meadows’ proven recipe for brilliant landscapes

Published at Mar 26, 2024

In this blog post, our Landscape Manager Peter explores the various reasons why you should use Pictorial Meadows’ seed mixes and turf in your project.

 

Reliable products drawing on research and tested in practice

Whether it’s the inherent beauty of mixed-species vistas throughout the year, the joy of supporting pollinators over a long season, or a desire to reduce maintenance costs by establishing resilient plantings, meadows are a good choice for many types of landscapes. 

As leading experts on meadows in the UK for over two decades, the team at Pictorial Meadows have developed a range of dependable products to help make the creation of meadows as smooth and reliable a process as it can be. Created through careful research and tested and refined for years in real-world projects, our meadow turf and seeds provide dependable results you can rely on. When combined with our simple advice for preparation and maintenance, Pictorial Meadows products can help you achieve brilliant landscapes for your clients.

‘Pictorial Meadows’ mixes are great for creating a visually stimulating slice of achievable horticulture that takes relatively little effort beyond the initial prep and sowing.’ – Brendan Arundel, Head Gardener at Helmingham Hall Gardens

 Photo © Brendan Arundel

Built on scientific data

Over the past 25 years, the team at Pictorial Meadows have evaluated almost 600 plant species for use in our mixes. The extensive database we’ve built from this research includes everything from growing conditions, seed weights, and field germination rates of each species, to flower colour, bloom time, and growth form. So when we put together a seed mix, we know that the combinations we choose will germinate and thrive in similar growing conditions. From rain gardens and roof gardens to shady edges and highway verges, each of our mixes are tailored to do well together in specified conditions.

 Rotherham 'River of Flowers'

Informed by aesthetic considerations

Once we’ve got the growing conditions locked in, we further refine from the range of all the possibilities we’ve identified to a powerful combination of species that look beautiful together over the year. Unlike other mixes on the market that focus solely on growing conditions, you can be sure that ours not only thrive together and benefit the ecosystem, but will dazzle human viewers too. Each of our mixes has a rich colour palette that remains attractive over a long season. From the bright reds and golds of the annual Sundance seed mix to the cool tones of the perennial Moody Blues seed mix, Pictorial Meadows products are designed to have a high visual impact wherever you choose to use them.

‘The seed mix contained gorgeous flower combinations that were put together extremely tastefully with tons of artistry.’ – Customer feedback from our 2023 NPS Survey

 Sundance at the Olympic Park

The forms of the plants have also been considered. While each mix contains both spreading, weed-suppressant species and more upright plants that focus on flowers, some mixes feature species of the same height, while others showcase dazzling spires that rise above their neighbours for effect. Our Pollinator Verge turf even does well with multiple cuts across the season, so that it will continue flowering in those places where safety sightlines must be maintained. Throughout the year, the dynamic parade of forms and colours in each mix continue to work well together and contribute to the harmony of the whole.

 Pollinator Verge

Field-tested

It’s one thing to put lists of species together on paper and quite another to grow them in the real world. Drawing on our extensive database and years of experience as gardeners and growers, we carefully calibrate the ratios of seeds so that the right number of each type of seedling germinates in each square metre. Then we sow them in our trial meadows here on the hills of Sheffield where we can keep a close eye on them through the season and over the years. We then tweak the ratios of plants in our mixes based on these results. If one species germinates a bit too much, we know we can reduce the quantity of those seeds in the mix. If another fails to make its mark, we increase their representation. So rest assured that once we decide to bring a seed mix or turf to market, we are confident in the results. With our meadow turf combinations, we’ve even done the establishment work for you, so when the turf goes down on your project, the plants are mature with healthy root systems ready to grow.

 Patchwork Quilt in Solihull

Project-tested feedback

We believe in our products and use them regularly, allowing us to see how things work on the ground for clients and projects in a variety of conditions. Our landscape professionals keep a careful eye on how things are going and feed that back to further refine the results. We also listen carefully to feedback from other designers and practitioners who use our products. With all this information coming in, none of our mixes stay the exact same for long. Even after years of refinement, we still work hard every day to improve the reliability and impact of our beautiful mixes.

‘Pictorial Meadows turf works and is a great solution for so many different areas. Our clients love it!’ – Customer feedback from our 2023 NPS Survey 

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