This special mix contains a range of twelve annuals including some which are now rare or declining in the wild. This summer-flowering mixture is ideal for providing a splash of colour to create a wildlife garden or meadow, or can be used as an excellent 'natural' edge to gravel paths and drives.
These easy to grow, low maintenance wildflowers will flower approximately three months after a spring sowing, they will provide a bright array of colour during the first year and then die away to reseed themselves the following years. No two cornfield annual sowings result in the same balance of flowers, with different soils and sowing dates having a great influence on the outcome.
Some of the species are species are rich in nectar; they will provide colour and will attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to create an excellent habitat for wildlife.
This Cornfield mix is 100% pure flower seed which is produced in Britain. It does not contain grasses.
The twelve species included in this mixture are:
- Silene latifolia alba “White Campion”
- Anthemis avensis “Corn Chamomile”
- Matricaria inodora “Scentless Mayweed”
- Sinapis arvensis “Charlock”
- Agrostemma githago “Corncockle”
- Centaurea cyanus “Cornflower”
- Myosotis avensis “Forget Me Not”
- Chrysanthemum segetum “Corn Marigold”
- Viola arvensis “Field Pansy”
- Papaver argemone “Wild Poppy”
- Papaver rhoeas “Field Poppy”
- Papaver dubium “Long-head Poppy”
Detailed cultivation and establishment information accompanies each pack of seeds, but below are some brief notes for guidance:
Sow autumn or early spring
Sow direct into a weed free soil that is low in fertility.
Rake well to make a seed bed and sprinkle the seed mixed with a little dry sand.
Lightly rake and firm the soil with your feet and water thoroughly.
When sowing seeds
Do not use fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils.
They can be maintained by self seeding and may require some weeding or thinning to keep in balance.
In autumn, after seed has been shed, cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems
Rake well, firm and water thoroughly, this will ensure flowering next year.
Cottage Garden, Edging, Wild Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Wildlife, Woodland Garden
Even though these seeds are wild flowers, they should not be scattered in the wild without the authorisation of your local Nature Conservation Trust.
Cornfield wildflower mix can be sown at a rate of between 3 to 5 grams per square metre. The calculations below use an average of 4 grams, to give an idea of pack sizes required to cover different areas.
Weight Sq Metres For example 1gm 4m 4 x 1m A small area of a garden 5gm 20m 4 x 5m Garden or pathway 10gm 40m 5 x 8m Garden or roadside 25gm 101m 10 x 10m Large garden 50gm 202m 14 x 14.5m Very large garden 100gm 405m 20 x 20.2m ½ acre,i.e. a small field 1,000gm/1kg 4,046m 50 x 81m 1 acre, i.e. a large field
There are no hard and fast rules of what to grow in a wildflower garden. You may decide that you wish to add a few other species. This can be achieved either by sowing direct, adding to the meadow mixture before broadcasting, or to sow separately creating natural drifts of colour.
Some can also be grown indoors to create plug plants which can be added into the meadow once established.
Some species can be sown by either method and appear on both lists.
The following species can be sown straight into the ground. It is advisable to create bare areas around the spot where the plug is to be introduced to reduce initial competition. Plant 4 to 5 plugs per square metre.
Corncockle, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Field Poppy, Cuckooflower, Red & White campion, Meadow Buttercup, Ragged Robin, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Meadowsweet, Musk Mallow, Betony, Hesperis matronalis, Ox Eye Daisy, Yarrow, Selfheal, Yellow Rattle, Red Clover
The following species can be sown indoors to create plug plants.
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cranesbill, Cowslip, Harebell, Globeflower, Cuckooflower, Meadowsweet, Musk Mallow, Betony, Ox Eye Daisy, Primrose, Field Scabious, Lady’s Bedstraw, Foxglove, Lesser knapweed, Hesperis matronalis, Purple Loosestrife, Yarrow, Selfheal
Please see the individual species for full information about each plant. They are all listed in the Wildflower category
- Additional Information
Seed Form Natural Seeds per gram Approx 1,000 Seeds per gram Common Name Twelve Species Special Meadow Mixture
Wildflowers of Britain and Ireland
Hardiness Hardy Annual Flowers June to August Natural Flower Time Blue, violet, yellow white and red Height The various species are around 15-60cm (6-24in) in height. Position Full sun Soil Poor, well-drained soil Coverage Can be sown at a rate of between 3 to 5 grams per square metre
1gm for each 4 square metres.
1,000gm or 1kg for each 4,046m or 1 acre