Our Hay Meadow 40 Plug Plants Mix supplies typical wildflower species found in hay meadows. See below for habitat information. You will receive planting and maintenance/management advice with your order.
All our plants are true UK native British wildflowers grown from UK sourced native wild seed. We grow our plants in Peat-free growing media in our sustainable nursery.
By buying our plants/seeds you are supporting British based growers and suppliers who often work with local farmers-businesses. All our plants are grown from British Seed and raised in Britain. Please be aware some suppliers on the internet bring in plants/seed which are non-native imports and may not be true UK native plants/seeds. Whilst these may be cheaper, they may not be true UK native plants and may not be suited to our environment.
This product has a minimum quantity of 1 item (i.e. 40 plug plants).
Your order will consist of 5 plants from 8 of the species listed below - a total of 40 plug plants:
Autumn Hawkbit (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Betony (Stachys officinalis)
Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)
Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata)
Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis)
Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Pignut (Conopodium majus)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus)
Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
The variety of species included in the plug plant mix depends on the time of year and stock availability.
Planting Density : The planting density in grassland/lawn areas ranges from 3 plants per m2 up to 20 plants per m2 depending on the effect you wish to create. In a flower bed or trough allow for spacing the plants 15-20cm apart and maybe plant in groups of 3 plants for effect. Planting advice provided with every order.
Habitat : These species will do well in a garden lawn, grass verge, open field, meadow, orchard, flower bed or window box/trough. The soil must be neutral but these plants will cope with mildly acid or lime-rich soil. They can be planted in dry, moist or damp ground but avoid areas that flood or have standing water in the winter. They will do best in opens areas with full sun or partial shade but won't do too well under heavy shade.
Management : In a Hay Meadow, Grassland or Lawn - These plants do best in a site that can either be grazed or cut as part of a hay management regime. You can replicate the action of livestock by cutting in the spring, summer and autumn. You can cut or graze in the Spring but stop by end May. Allow the plants to grow and then flower in June/July. Cut back the plants in either late July/August once seed has dropped, or remove seed heads yourself. As part of the summer cut, ensure the plants/grass are cut low (25mm high from ground) and remove all the cuttings. This opens up the ‘sward' and will benefit the plants. There may be some benefit to rake over the surface after you have cleared the cutting. If possible graze from Sept to end October or do a cut in October to keep the vegetation down.
Management : Flower bed/Window Box - Treat these plants as if they are perennial herbaceous plant. Allow to flower and set seed then later on cut back to just above ground level to remove the dead part of the plant. Some of these plants may stay green over the winter and these can be pruned, remove damaged parts or cut back as with other ornamental border plants.
PLEASE NOTE - We offer free planting & management advice with every order.
Kindly be aware that as autumn approaches, our wildflower plants might be delivered in a state where they appear to have passed their peak. We strive to inform you about this at the time of your order. It is common for native plants to exhibit leaf blotches or have dead/brown leaves during specific times of the year; this is entirely natural. We assure you that we meticulously inspect the root condition, ensuring their robust health. Once planted, the plug plant will respond accordingly.
Please understand that owing to the perishable nature of our plug plants, the usual right to cancel does not apply.