We’re getting lots of enquiries about Meadowmat Wildflower Turf so this blog offers a bit more information.
There are 5 types of Meadowmat available for delivery in Scotland. Each one is distinctively different yet all five are based on the same principal.
What is Meadowmat?
Meadowmat is exactly what its name suggests. It’s a pre-grown mat of wildflowers and grasses that you can unroll for instant groundcover. The ground preparation and the handling are just like lawn turf but the plants in the mixture depends on what type of Meadowmat you have chosen.
A roll of Meadowmat wildflower turf. This is Traditional Meadowmat, the photo was taken in winter when some of the broadleaved plants are not as easy to see as they are in spring and summer.
All of the plant species in this type of Meadowmat are native to the UK. And in fact, a large proportion of them are also listed as being native to Scotland.
This is the Meadowmat to choose for a sunny site where the soil is poor quality, well drained and low in nutrients.
It grows to around 1m high (that’s almost hip-height for me – I’m 5ft 4). There’s a lovely mix of grasses and flowers which really does look like an old fashioned hay meadow. It’s just lovely when planted on a bank or to replace a swathe of lawn.
Flowering time is usually May – July but by far the strongest, brightest blast of colour occurs in June when the oxeye daisies really steal the show.
Traditional Meadowmat pictured in early summer. You can see how many flower buds are just about to burst into life.
Of all five types of Meadowmat this one has the longest period of interest. Flowering starts early in the year with Bellis Perennis, the common daisy.
Each one of the species in this Meadowmat offers some sort of value to wildlife. Some of the flowers are incredibly rich in pollen and nectar for bees to feast upon. Other plants are larval food plants for butterflies and moths. Several of the species have seed heads that will attract and feed small birds.
Meadowmat for Birds and Bees includes the iconic teasel in its seed mix. The flowers attract bumblebees, the seed-heads attract small birds and the plants are tall enough to catch the eye from some distance away.
As spring moves into summer, the campions, clovers and harebells in Meadowmat for Birds and Bees come into their own and by the time midsummer arrives there is a cornucopia of colour. As summer fades into autumn, the seed-heads form interesting shapes.
Usually slightly taller than Traditional Meadowmat, the teasels in Meadowmat for Birds and Bees can reach head height but most plants grow no higher than the tops of my legs.
This is the Meadowmat to buy if you are looking to fill beds and borders with colour. It has the smallest proportion of grass out of all the types of Meadowmat. It also includes some non-native plant species with jewel-coloured flowers.
Again, it’s very pollinator-friendly. It’s easy to grow and care for and will last for many years.
The fifth member of the wildflower turf family is Woodland Shade Meadowmat. This is the one to use if you’re not confident that the site gets enough sunlight to sustain wildflowers.
Ideal for planting under deciduous trees or in dappled shade, this Meadowmat tends to flower in early summer before the tree canopy gets too thick. For the middle-end parts of the summer it is more about subtle colours and lovely cool, wavy foliage.
This type of Meadowmat works well with mown paths, secret seating areas, statues, topiary and wildlife feeding stations.
Meadowmat is just as happy on top of a building as it is on the ground. Just be sure though that it has at least 15cm of growing medium to root into and that the building is strong enough to support the extra weight.
All types of Meadowmat are easy to maintain and, for parks, gardens and schools where budgets are tight, they can help reduce grounds maintenance bills.