There are several types of Meadowmat wildflower turf available to landscapers and gardeners. But which one is right for you? In this article we help you to choose wildflower turf for your project and explore the many benefits of having wildflowers in your garden.
Congratulations on deciding to use Meadowmat wildflower turf in your landscaping project. Wildflowers not only look wonderful but have been proven to improve soil health, prevent erosion, improve water quality and are excellent for wildlife. So now you’ve decided on wildflowers, how to choose between the 5 sumptuous varieties available to you?
- Assess the site for light and shade
- Think about the colours and plant species you like
- Choose between a long flowering period of a short burst of intense colour
- Decide which time of year you’d prefer to carry out maintenance
- Compare prices
Assess the site for light and shade- which plants will flourish?
Part of the reason that some of our wildflower species are rarely seen is that they are fussy about where they live. Most of what I call the hayfield varieties like to be in full sun on a low nutrient soil. That’s what makes wildflowers perfect for growing on a living roof!
Some wildflowers like a damp soil, some prefer dappled shade and others are not too fussy.
Meadowmat’s Woodland Shade mix loves to be beside hedges and under trees or shrubs where it has protection from hot sun but still gets plenty of light.
All other varieties like as much sunshine as possible.
Think about the wildflower colours and flower species you like
Our native wildflowers come in a vast array of shades and hues. Each type of Meadowmat wildflower meadow turf is like an ever-changing patchwork quilt of colour.
Do you have a particular plant you want to see more of in your garden? Are there any wildflowers you really don’t like?
Check the wildflower meadow seed mixes within the product descriptions carefully but remember; wildflower seeds are sown randomly so that every square metre of Meadowmat is slightly different. Not every species appears in every roll and some plants, such as primroses and cowslips are slow to germinate. You may not see them at all in the first couple of years.
Choose between a long flowering period and a shorter burst of colour
Each Meadowmat variety has been devised to delight at different times of year. Those that flower for longer are slightly less “showy” than the ones with a shorter but more spectacular burst of colour.
Bees and butterflies appreciate the longer flowering times because they have a constant supply of food
When to cut your wildflower turf ?
Most Meadowmat varieties benefit from being cut back at the end of summer once the plants have set seed. Meadowmat for Birds and Bees is designed for a February cut so that the birds can enjoy those nutritious seedheads during the winter.
Look at your budget and compare wildflower prices
Prices vary according to the proportion of grasses in the seedmix and the availability of seed. We aim to only use wildflower seeds from the UK. If a species seed is in short supply eg because the plants are less common, the price is affected.
Quick Meadowmat Comparison Chart
| No of plant |
|% grass seed by weight||Flowering period||Approx height at maturity||Price per square metre*|
|Traditional Meadowmat||34||30||May-July||80-150cm||From £15.60 inc VAT|
|Meadowmat for Birds and Bees||43||10||April – October||80 – 200cm||From £18.00 inc VAT|
|Cottage Garden Meadowmat||28||5||April – October||90 -120cm||From £18.00 inc VAT|
|Woodland Shade Meadowmat||38||5||April – September||80-100cm||From £18.00 inc VAT|
|Roof Meadow||23||5||April – September||30 – 90cm||From £18.00 inc VAT|
*Prices correct at February 2019 but are subject to change.