The 22 species of UK native wildflowers and grasses in Heritage Meadowmat® have proved to us that they adapt well to growing in shallow, poor nutrient soils with very little human intervention.
Heritage Meadowmat® was originally developed to meet the demand for a quick-to-install green roofing material with instant plant coverage. It does that job admirably and has brought biodiversity to some amazing living roofs throughout the UK. However, we rather like the way it happily brings a splash of colour to gardens – and so do the butterflies, moths and bees!
- Most of the plant species in our Heritage mix are perennial. That means that if they are happy on your roof or in your garden and will grow back year after year.
- Flowering Time: March – October (depending on local weather conditions).
- Your Heritage Meadowmat® will be mown before harvest so that plants are not damaged during transportation. The flowering plants will not be blooming when it is delivered
- Depending on the time of year it can take a few weeks for Meadowmat® to establish, grow and start blooming. Although Meadowmat® can be installed at any time of year, if you would like it to flower in its first summer we recommend installing it before the end of March.
- Each piece of Heritage Meadowmat® covers 1 square metre. If you are installing on a roof you may need mechanical lifting gear as rolls can be quite heavy.
- For rooftop applications, please install our Heritage Meadowmat® onto a good green roof substrate at least 150mm deep.
- Each of the species will respond differently to soil type, local weather conditions and care regimes. In fact, the balance of species changes from year to year which means that your Meadowmat® will continue to fascinate you with every season.
What is Meadowmat®?
Meadowmat® is a vegetation blanket consisting of a thin layer of growing medium supporting a vibrant plant population. To install Meadowmat® , simply unroll onto a growing medium at least 15cm deep and keep well-watered until the roots are embedded deeply into their bed. For green roofing applications, use green roof substrate as your growing medium. On the ground, we recommend installing onto our Low Fertility Soil.
The maintenance regime for Heritage Meadowmat® is simple and undemanding. Plants can be left to grow and flower unchecked between March and August. At the end of summer, use a scythe to cut the vegetation back to a height of between 10 and 15 cm (4 – 6 inches). If it is practical, leave the spent vegetation on the surface for a couple of days so that seeds can fall back into the sward. After which take it away (it makes great compost!).
There is a lot more information on installing and maintaining Meadowmat® in our blog and in the Help & Advice sections of our website.
Where to Grow Heritage Meadowmat® – Soil Type and Aspect
The plants in Heritage Meadowmat® enjoy growing in full sun and a well-drained (but not too dry!) growing medium.
For roof applications: Please install onto at least 150mm depth of green roof substrate.
Please note: Whilst normal garden soil will support Heritage Meadowmat® the nutrient levels do tend to promote extra-strong growth in the grasses. The grasses are beautiful but may outcompete the flowering plants meaning that over time your Meadowmat® becomes less colourful. This is why we recommend installing it onto subsoil or Low Fertility Soil.
What’s In Heritage Meadowmat®
Please note, percentages refer to the weight of the seed in the growing mix and do not necessarily reflect the proportions of mature plants.
10% mixed native grasses
For more information about each grass, click on the article below:
Slender Creeping Red Fescue
90% native wildflowers
For more information about each flower, click on the article below:
|Birdsfoot Trefoil||Sea Campion|
|Clustered Bellflower||Sheep’s Bit|
|Fox and Cubs||Water Avens|
|Lady’s Bedstraw||Wild Thyme|
|Meadow Saxifrage||Yellow Rattle|