100% General Purpose Wildflower Meadow Seed Mix

100% General Purpose Wildflower Meadow Seed Mix

Wildflower Seeds from Sow Seeds Ltd

The flowers in the 100% General Purpose Wildflower meadow seed mix are yellow, purple and white with a hint of red - it's a wildflower mix reminiscent of the traditional English country meadow. The mix contains a range of seeds that are suitable for most open sunny sites. This mixture...
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The flowers in the 100% General Purpose Wildflower meadow seed mix are yellow, purple and white with a hint of red - it's a wildflower mix reminiscent of the traditional English country meadow. The mix contains a range of seeds that are suitable for most open sunny sites.

This mixture contains 100% wildflower seed, with NO GRASSES, and is ideal for those situations where you wish to sow on established grass. Likewise, it can be sown straight on to a weed-free seedbed. This mix is 100% native UK origin.

Contains over 15 varieties that are identified by the RHS as beneficial for the pollinators in your garden.

RHS plants for pollinators

This mix is the one used by Monty Don on episode 21 of BBC Gardeners World when Monty showed how to sow a wildflower meadow in August 2019. It contains the priority species that Monty Don recommended: Cowslip, Birds Foot Trefoil, and Scabious. In addition to the must have meadow-maker, Yellow Rattle.

100% General Purpose Wildflower Seed Mix Information

When to Sow: Throughout the year (bar the depths of winter) but best results from August to October then March to April.
Soil / Site Conditions: Most, but sunny site.
How to Sow:

Sowing of Wildflower seeds can take place through most of the year (bar the depths of winter). But generally, the most successful time is August to October (following natures natural cycle) and then by March to April.

General Purpose Wildflower Seed Mix can be used to overseed into existing grass, provided the sward comprises only fine leaved grasses and does not include ryegrass, agricultural species or weeds.

Existing Grass
Firstly mow the grass area very short. Using a rake or harrow, the grass then needs to be raked to remove the thatch (the layer of dead grass and moss that builds up on the soil surface). If necessary, then use a 3 pronged hoe to break up the soil surface. This ‘scarification’ is really important; the seed must be able to reach the soil surface. Aim for at least 50% bare soil, preferably more - as Monty says you need to beat the hell out of the grass! Broadcast the seed at a rate of 2gm per sq metre (The seed can be mixed with sharp sand to ensure a more even spread). Walk over the seeded area ensuring that the total ground is walked upon. This is to ensure that the seeds are in contact with the soil, which is vital for germination.

General Purpose Wildflower Seed Mix performs best in low nutrient soils, which haven’t been heavily fertilised in the past. For best results sow into bare soil after clearing all existing plants and weeds from the area.

Cultivate the ground to a depth of 10cm to relieve compaction and create a fine level tilth, free from obstructions (to allow for mowing at a later stage). Finish the seedbed by treading or lightly rolling the area, so that it is firm enough to stand on without leaving indentations. 


Year 1
Perennial species can be slow to establish and are unlikely to flower in the first year. Annual species will generally flower in year one. During the first year remove any weeds which grow before they run to seed. Weed growth is common due to the action of disturbing the ground. The area can be cut once the flowers have died back in the autumn. We recommend leaving the area undisturbed for as long as possible, ideally until February / March (before the first spring growth). The dead flowers and stems provide a diverse environment which is a haven for wildlife through the winter months. Cut the area down to around 10cm using a scythe, strimmer or mower, leaving the cuttings for up to a week before removing. This will allow them to dry and shed seeds back into the soil.

Year 2
After twelve months the sward should be well established and requires little additional maintenance. Simply follow the same annual cut pattern (either in spring or autumn depending on your preference). As an ongoing process, observe and remove any weeds which invade the area. Over time, some species within the mixture may become more dominant due to environmental factors and natural selection. To encourage diversity, simply reduce the number of dominant plants in order to restore the balance. 

Germination of wildflower seeds can be erratic and some species require vernalisation before germination in spring of the following year, e.g. a period of prolonged cold temperatures.

Be aware that it can take several years for the meadow to become established, patience is required, just as in nature!

Sow Rate: 2 grams per square metre.
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When to Sow 100% General Purpose Wildflower Seed Mix

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100% General Purpose Wildflower Seed Mix Contents

Name Latin Height Colour Period
Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare 20-100 White May-Oct

Ladys Bedstraw Galium verum 20-30 Yellow Jun - Sep
Yarrow Achillea millefolium 20-45 White June-Oct

Wild Carrot Daucus carota 60 - 75 White Jun - Sep

Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata 30 - 40 Brown May-Sep
Red Campion Silene dioica 50 - 100 Purple May-Sep
Self Heal Prunella vulgaris 20 - 30 Purple June-Sep
Vipers Buglos Echium vulgare 60 - 80 Blue May - Sep

White Campion Silene alba 30-100 White May-Sep

Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor 30-45 Yellow May-Aug

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus 5 - 15 Yellow Aug-Oct

Black Knapweed Centaurea nigra 30-80 Purple June-Sep

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria 100-125 Cream Jun - Sep
Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris 30-100 Yellow May-Sep
St Johns Wort

Hypericum perforatum




Musk Mallow

Malva moschata




Devils Bit or Field Scabious Succia pratensis 60 - 75 Blue Jul - Oct
Cowslip Primula veris 15 - 25 Yellow Apr - May
Ragged Robin

Lychnis flos-cuculi






General Wildflower Seed Information & Advice

Follow the links below for more information on Wildflowers:

> Video of Monty Don Showing How To Sow A Wildflower Meadow

> Wildflower Seed Sowing Advice
> Benefits of Growing Wildflowers

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