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Pictorial Meadow Seed Collections

Annual & Perennial

These Meadow Mixtures are carefully blended seed mixes of native and non-native hardy annuals designed to provide high quality and cost-effective flowering displays.  They have been developed following several years of intensive trials at the University of Sheffield.  Unlike other mixes that are available, they will flower and provide visual interest over an extremely long period of time (from summer through to late autumn).

They inject drama into large-scale commercial landscapes and create sparkling, complex and intricate pictures in the very smallest of spaces.  They provide a colourful, wildlife-friendly replacement for mown grass; they can be sown formally in beds or to provide colour between shrubs, trees and perennials.  Leeds City Council included a meadow mixture in their magnificent Gold Medal winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2010 and these mixtures have been used extensively in the Olympic Park.

Sow these annual seed mixes at a rate of 2-3g per square metre in the spring – March, April, May - and they will produce superb colour displays within 8 weeks or so of sowing.  Unlike other annual meadow mixtures, these mixtures are formulated to produce a succession of flowering species.

The Perennial seed mixes all contain over 20 species of plants, and should be sown at a rate of 2g per square metre (except Purple Haze – 3g per sq. m.) from early autumn to late spring, with October/November being the best for medium to large scale plantings.  Once established the meadow can be managed simply with an annual cut in late February.

  • Annual Classic Mix

    SD111

    The original Pictorial Meadows mix is illustrated in the main picture opposite (taken at The Eden Project) and produces stunning displays right through until late October/November. Starting out with white, blues, pinks and reds, the tapestry turns to reds, orange and yellow in the autumn. The mix has been carefully balanced for colour and succession of flowering, and components include: Shirley Poppy, Californian Poppy, Cornflower, Fairy Toadflax, Tickseed, Red Orache and Larkspur.

    Flowering Height up to 1m (39’’).

    £20.00
    (ex. VAT)
  • Annual Cornfield Mix

    SD141

    Annual Cornfield Mix of bulbs will create a Pictorial Meadow. A carefully selected mix of pretty cornfield annuals that will flower mainly in July and August, including: Field Poppy, Cornflower, Scentless Mayweed and Corncockle.

    Flowering Height up to 1m (39’’).

    £20.00
    (ex. VAT)
  • Annual Pastel Mix

    SD151

    A beautiful ‘strawberries & cream’ mix of pink and white with a scattering of clear blue. This mix of Annual Pastel bulbs is particularly impressive towards the end of the flowering period, when blues take over from pinks as the dominant colour theme. A gentle blending of elements such as: Bishop’s Flower, Cosmos, Cornflower and Shirley Poppy.

    Flowering Height up to 1m (39’’).

    £20.00
    (ex. VAT)
  • Short Mix

    SD161

    A mix of bulbs suited especially to more restricted or compact situations, but having the same long-flowering characteristics of the standard mixture; components include: Fairy Toadflax, Red Flax, Shirley Poppy, Love-in-a-mist, Candytuft and Blue Flax.  General Height: 30-40 cm.

    Flowering Height up to 50 cm (20’’).

    £20.00
    (ex. VAT)
  • Perennial Golden Summer Mix

    SD211

    Summer Meadow Perennial Bulbs are a warm, vibrant mixture for normal fertility soils.  Mostly yellows and golds with white, hints of orange and flashes of later purples, our most popular perennial mix performs best in free-draining, sunny spots.  Includes Yarrow, Perennial Black-eyed Susan, Lance-leaf Coreopsis, Lady’s Bedstraw, Ox-eye Daisy, Meadow Buttercup and Evening Primrose. 

    FH: up to 50 cm (20’’).

    £32.50
    (ex. VAT)
  • Perennial Magic Carpet Mix

    SD201

    Perennial Magic Carpet Bulb Mix is a quick flowering ‘hybrid’ mix which combines colourful meadow annuals, biennials and short term perennials.  Designed to flower well for three seasons, including the year of seeding if sown in spring.  Particularly suitable for temporary landscapes and where rapid results are needed, this mix includes Yellow Chamomile, Evening Primrose, Purple Mullein, Spike Speedwell, Baby’s Breath, Catchfly and Musk Mallow.

    FH: up to 50 cm (20’’).

    £30.00
    (ex. VAT)
  • Perennial Purple Haze Mix

    SD221

    Perennial Purple Haze Bulb Mix creates beautiful, cool, and elegant combinations for normal fertility soils, this mix will perform quite happily in semi-shade.  Predominantly mauve and blue with billows of white and flashes of purple, it includes Michaelmas Daisy, Greater Knapweed, Field Scabious, Wild Carrot, Perennial Flax, Purple Coneflower, Ox-eye Daisy and Columbine.

    FH: up to 50 cm (20’’).

    £32.50
    (ex. VAT)
  • Perennial Treasure Chest Mix

    SD231
    A gorgeous, robust and very richly coloured carpet designed for a long flowering season on normal fertility soils.  Includes Great Burnet, Macedonian Scabious, Wild Marjoram, Oriental Poppy, Cowslip, Betony and Woodland Sage.
    FH: up to 50 cm (20’’).
    £32.50
    (ex. VAT)