The species of plants are chosen to provide visual interest with a wide range of flowering periods and food sources to attract a diverse range invertebrates.
The optimum time for sowing is late summer / early autumn, with April-May the next best window. Sow onto the surface but do not rake in. Instead, walk over the newly sown area to firm and level the seed bed and create good seed / soil contact.
Flowering Period: May – August.
Typical Colours: Seasonal variation of yellows, whites, reds and pinks. Foliage turns from green to brown in the autumn.
Sowing Density: 2 – 5g/sqm.
Typical Species: Wildflower and grass species. - Agrimony, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Bladder Companion, Crested Dog’s Tail, Common Quaking Grass, Common Sorrel, Common Toadflax, Cowslip, Hoary Plantain, Kidney Vetch, Lady’s Bedstraw, Ox-Eye Daisy, Perforate St John’s Wort, Red Clover, Rough Hawkbit, Salad Burnett, Self- Heal, Small Scabious, Sweet Vernal Grass, Vipers Bugloss, Wild Marjoram, Thyme, Yarrow, Common Poppy, Cluster Bellflower, Harebell, Red Fescue, Brown Top Bent, Lesser Knapweed, Black Medic, Red Campion, Betony, Catsear, Yellow Rattle, Field Scabious, Meadow Buttercup, Cornflower, Corn Marigold.
Moderate mixed pollen source, applicable to Bees – Mason, Honey Bombus spp; Insects – Chrysoperla (Lacewing), hoverfly (Episyrphus), Ladybird (Harmonia), Aphidius, Aphilinus, Aphidoletes (beneficial parasitic wasps).
Establishment Period: 12 months and typically 24– 36 months to achieve desired ground cover.