Cottage Garden

Perennial Meadow Seed Mix

A tall, dramatic and colourful long season meadow that was initially designed to be sown over pure brick rubble on housing demolition sites but finds itself equally at home in garden soils. This meadow offers fantastic variety and is jam-packed full of species that work wonderfully together, providing drama and colour from early spring to right through to late autumn. On very low fertility soils, an annual cut and collect is not always necessary.

 

Recommended sowing time: Autumn - all year.

Recommended sowing rate: 2g per square metre.

 

**Please note, this seed mix will be dispatched from early October**

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Cottage Garden

Perennial Meadow Seed Mix

A tall, dramatic and colourful long season meadow that was initially designed to be sown over pure brick rubble on housing demolition sites but finds itself equally at home in garden soils. This meadow offers fantastic variety and is jam-packed full of species that work wonderfully together, providing drama and colour from early spring to right through to late autumn. On very low fertility soils, an annual cut and collect is not always necessary.

 

Recommended sowing time: Autumn - all year.

Recommended sowing rate: 2g per square metre.

 

**Please note, this seed mix will be dispatched from early October**

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Cottage Garden Meadow Seed Mix Includes:

Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Common Name(s):
Yarrow, Fernleaf Yarrow, Milfoil, or Nosebleed
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Common Name(s):
Yarrow, Fernleaf Yarrow, Milfoil, or Nosebleed
Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'
Common Name(s):
Yarrow, Fernleaf Yarrow, Milfoil, or Nosebleed
Each Pictorial Meadows seed mix includes a carefully balanced blend of up to 28 species.

Combining British wildflowers with well-researched, non-invasive flowering plants from around the world allows our meadows to offer more colour and higher pollen and nectar availability to better support our native insects and other wildlife.
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Perennial Meadow Common Questions

Q: Can I mix annual seed with perennial seed?
Can I mix annual seed with perennial seed?
Answer:

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.

Q: Can I mix the perennial seed with grass to make it go further?
Can I mix the perennial seed with grass to make it go further?
Answer:

No. Grass is very competitive and will quickly dominate.

Q: What happens if I sow less or more than the recommended rate?
What happens if I sow less or more than the recommended rate?
Answer:

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.

Q: Will my meadow look exactly like it does in the pictures I have seen?
Will my meadow look exactly like it does in the pictures I have seen?
Answer:

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.

Q: Do I need to protect the seed from birds, mice or squirrels?
Do I need to protect the seed from birds, mice or squirrels?
Answer:

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.

Q: What effect will the fertility of my soil have on the display?
What effect will the fertility of my soil have on the display?
Answer:

Most of the Pictorial Meadows mixes have been specially designed to perform on normal to high fertility soils making them perfect solutions for most gardens and parks. The richer the soil though the taller and bushier the plants will be especially in year one. The thinner and poorer the soil the opposite will happen. It is best to select a mix to start with that best sits your soil and then to sustain the annual cut and collect. After a few years even on the most fertile soils you will see the composition and structure changing as fertility start to decrease and the emerging meadows look finer and shorter.

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Product reviews

Pictorial Perennial Meadow Seed Mixes

Love these seed mixes and have used them for years. I am not a great gardener and they are the only ones that work for me. I moved to town last year, planting cornfield and classic along my front border, so I could see them from my office. We are now known as the house with the flowers!! Thank you Pictorial Meadows.


Jenny B

This is a fantastic mix. Have just seen it at Wentbridge Castle in the John Arnold Gardens. The display brings tears to your eyes. Will be pursuing the mix for my own garden as a reduction in maintenance of my quarter acre is on the cards. Wentworth Castle is a great place to visit to. April /May is the best time.


David M

Have just visited Kedleston Hall & was stopped in my tracks by the most wonderful display of poppies etc.The head gardener told me they had come from your company.So many other people were commenting on the wonderful show of flowers& taking pictures of them.Utterly wonderful for us humans but also for the many bees & other flying insects that were visiting them.


Margaret W
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