Gardens are miniature ecosystems and the more varied the plant life, the wider the range of pollinators, birds and small mammals that bit of land will support, aiding the successful growing of crops and flowers. Environmental pressures through climate change, increased urban and suburban development and farming methods means our native plants and wildlife are being squeezed out of their natural habitats.
That’s where our mixes come in and there's a specially picked selection for every type of plot and need. The smallest piece of land left to go 'wild' - even just a pot of native flowers on your doorstep - will encourage diversity, increase food stocks for threatened species and do your bit for Planet Earth. Read more
Wildlife Woodland Mixture: A wide-ranging mixture of native, UK-produced wild flowers, creating interest over several months in dappled shade.
Native Wildlife Mix: A blend of cultivated forms and species of hardy annual, biennial and perennial flowers, which will attract butterflies, bees, other beneficial insects and wild birds.
Wildlife Friendly Mix: Create a haven for wildlife with a bright show of colour provided by pollen and nectar rich hardy annuals. Garden birds will eat the seed heads in the autumn and winter.
Scatter and Sow Annuals: A diverse mix of easy-to-grow hardy annuals in a bright range of colours.
Anti Aphid Mixed Annuals: A mix of aromatic hardy annual flowers and herbs to help repel aphids and limit their attack on vegetable and ornamental gardens.
Bee Friendly Mixed: A blend of colourful annuals and perennial flowers chosen for their ability to attract bees - create a haven for these threatened insects.
First Year Flowering Perennials: A wide selection of hardy perennials, all of which will flower in the first year from an early sowing. An easy and cost-effective way to create a border which will last for many years.
How to Grow Flower Mixes
All of the mixes can be sown outdoors from March-May in their final position. A good guide is whether weeds are germinating nearby. Sown at a depth of a 0.5cm/quarter in. Thin seedlings as necessary according to packet instructions. Water well until plants are established. Sow in curves, rather than straight lines, for a more natural effect.
The Mixed Perennials Mix and Native Cultivated Wildlife Mix can also be sown indoors from February-April in pots or trays of seed compost at 15-20°C/60-68°F. Thin out and pot on, then harden off and plant out from late May.
Did You Know?
The UK has an estimated 432,964ha covered by gardens, which is one-fifth the size of Wales. One quarter of the area of a typical city (and half its green space) is private gardens, so gardeners have a massive role to play in the country's wildlife habitats, according to ‘Gardens as a Resource for Wildlife' by the Wildlife Gardening Forum. Show less