Meadowmat Cottage Garden Seed Mix – Do you enjoy seeing nodding flower heads, buzzing bees and vibrant colours combined with swaying grasses? Then you’ll love Meadowmat Cottage Garden!
Cottage Garden is a beautiful combination of native wildflowers and grasses to create a vibrant and bee-friendly cottage garden. A handy garden design tip is to sow Cottage Garden seeds on top of Spring and Summer flowering bulbs for an even longer flowering period.
Cottage Garden is mainly created using perennial plant species. These are plants that will grow back year after year, as long as they enjoy the conditions in your garden. So, look after your garden and match the wildflower turf to the soil, shade and water conditions you have.
The mix also includes some annual and bi-annual flowering species. Some give a pop of colour while the perennials are blooming and some are there just because of their sheer beauty. However, not all of the flowers will appear every year but when they do, you’ll realise why Cottage Garden is such a good choice.
The flowering time for Cottage Garden is late Spring until early Autumn, so it’s perfect for when you want to show your garden at its best throughout Spring, Summer and even during the colder months!
- Dig over the area and thoroughly rake to remove any debris and create a fine tilth. If your garden soil is rich in nutrients, remove as much of it as you can and replace it with low nutrient topsoil.
- Sow the seeds where you want them to grow. The recommended rate for Meadowmat wildflower seed is 30g/m². Sprinkle the seed as evenly as possible being careful not to sow seeds too thickly – the plants will need plenty of room to grow.
- Newly sown wildflower seed needs light and water to germinate. Do not cover the seed. Water lightly – be careful not to wash them away! Protect from birds. For best results, keep the soil and seeds moist until the plants have germinated and are well established.
- Contains Rehofix bulking granules to ensure even sowing.
- Shake well before use.
Don’t have time to wait for it to grow?
The mix of wildflowers which feature in this seed mix are also available as an “instant” wildflower turf which can bring you all the colour of wildflowers without the wait!
Maintaining Cottage Garden is easy and rewarding. Unlike many herbaceous flower borders, Cottage Garden doesn’t want to be fed, mulched, staked or sprayed. Simply leave it to grow unchecked between March and September. You may like to extend the flowering season by deadheading the plants, but this is not essential. At the end of summer, when all the flowers have faded, you can be ruthless and deadhead as much as you need. Cut your Cottage Garden back to a height of 10 – 15 cm and put all of that unwanted vegetation on to the compost heap. If your garden soil is quite fertile, you may need to trim it a couple of times during the autumn and winter, just to keep it neat.
Cottage Garden is fairly easy-going provided it has plenty of sunshine and a moist, but well-drained soil. It’s great in deep planters, raised beds, flower borders or as an alternative to your original lawn! The plants in this Meadowmat® like a fairly neutral pH but can adapt to anything but the most acidic or alkaline soils.
To maintain the balance of grasses to flowering plants, we highly recommend sowing Cottage Garden seed onto our Low Fertility Soil which you can buy here.
Richer soils tend to encourage lots of grasses and over time these can crowd out the flowering plants in Meadowmat®, leaving you with a less colourful display.
What’s In Meadowmat Cottage Garden?
Please note, percentages refer to the weight of the seed in the growing mix and do not necessarily reflect the proportions of mature plants.
5% native grasses
Grasses fill in any gaps between plants and provide activity outside of the flowering season. They also reduce moisture from the soil, so you’ll also be helping wildlife out with a place to stay in the colder months!
95% Flowering Plants
The other 95% of Cottage Garden Mix features 30 flowering plants, providing a joyous display of summer colour! These wildflowers are:
For more information about each flower, or to purchase more of the individual species, click on the links below:
|Achillea Millefolium||Read More||Buy More|
|Birdsfoot Trefoil||Read More||Buy More|
|Bladder Campion||Read More||Buy More|
|Columbine||Read More||Buy More|
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|Common Mallow||Read More||Buy More|
|Corn Chamomile||Read More||Buy More|
|Cornflower||Read More||Buy More|
|Cosmos Albatross||Read More|
|Cosmos Gloria||Read More|
|Erigeron ‘Profusion’||Read More|
|Field Scabious||Read More||Buy More|
|Linaria Northern Lights||Read More|
|Meadow Saxifrage||Read More||Buy More|
|Melton Pastels||Read More|
|Nettle Leaved Bellflower||Read More||Buy More|
|Ragged Robin||Read More||Buy More|
|Red Campion||Read More||Buy More|
|Ribwort Plantain||Read More||Buy More|
|Rose Campion||Read More||Buy More|
|Sweet Violet||Read More|
|Thrift||Read More||Buy More|
|Tufted Vetch||Read More||Buy More|
|Viper’s Bugloss||Read More||Buy More|
|White Breeze||Read More||Buy More|
|White Campion||Read More||Buy More|
|Wild Thyme||Read More||Buy More|
|Yarrow||Read More||Buy More|
|Yellow Horned Poppy||Read More|
The actual percentage of each species contained may vary due to environmental factors. Turfonline makes every effort to ensure wildflower products are free from weeds and pests, however due to the natural way in which these products are grown we cannot guarantee they are 100% pest free on delivery. It is unlikely that you will see every species that is listed. The variation of species present has been developed to suit a wide variety of soils and environmental conditions. This will result in a product that will adapt to individual settings which may mean some species are more successful than others. Contains annual and perennial species. If installed after March many species may not flower during the first year.