- Attracting A Wide Variety of Wildlife
- Creating Rich Biodiverse Areas
- Long Flowering Period
- Maximum Colour – Minimum Maintenance
A stunning, vibrant mix of 41 native British wildflowers and 4 selected grasses that will encourage a wide variety of birds and insects into your garden. Blended especially for garden birds and bees, our Birds and Bees WildflowerMat contains 90% selected wildflowers and 10% grasses, which have been especially selected to provide a flowering period, which will actively support biodiversity to encourage a wide variety of birds and bees as well as large numbers of other pollinators. Birds & Bees WildflowerMat has also been designed to fill your garden full of vibrant colourful flowers and swaying grasses throughout the spring and summer months, giving you the opportunity to watch wild creatures going about their everyday life.
- 90% native wildflower seed mix with 10% selected grasses.
- A vibrant colourful mix of perennial, annual and bi-annual plants.
- Flowering Times: March– September (depending on local weather conditions).
- Stunning flower varieties in shades of yellow, white, blue, pink, red and purple.
- Requires cutting back once a year, with no other maintenance required
- Suitable for most ground applications, although a low fertility soil is preferred.
- Standard turf mat size is 1000mm x 1000mm (1m2).
- The normal weight of Birds & Bees turf is 24Kg per square metre (per roll), although this may vary slightly according to moisture levels. We therefore recommend having two people to install it.
We recommend laying onto a 150mm minimum depth of low nutrient soil.
- Birds and Bees is a vibrant colourful mix which contains mostly perennial plant species. Install it once and the plants will grow back year after year.
- Not all of the flowering species are perennial. We’ve included some annual and bi-annual plants too. These may not appear every year, but when they do, they will bring a welcome surprise.
- A long flowering period, March to September, which provides a plentiful supply of pollen and nectar for birds, bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths all through the spring and summer months and well into autumn.
- Flowering Times: March – September (flowering times will be dependent on your soil type and local weather conditions).
- Birds & Bees WildflowerMat creates a hugely valuable wildlife habitat for a wide selection of small mammals, birds, bees and pollinating insects.
- Birds & Bees WildflowerMat is trimmed before despatch to minimise any damage to plants during transit. Therefore, it will not be in flower when delivered.
- To enjoy flowers in its first flowering season, you must install Birds & Bees before the end of March so that the plants have time to establish prior to summer flowering.
- The balance of plant species in Birds & Bees, is influenced by the local microclimate, weather conditions, plant management and pollinator populations. It’s a truly biodiverse and natural evolving, adaptable product, which will change appearance from year to year.
- Very easy to install, the ground stabilising mat is pre-populated with living plants. Simply prepare the ground as instructed, unroll, peg down (if on a slope) and water frequently until plants and roots are well established.
- Birds & Bees is an important source of food for caterpillars and therefore a vital part of butterfly and moth life cycles.
- Birds & Bees will produce an abundance of autumn seed heads producing a ready supply of insects and larvae for birds. The mass of wildflowers will suppress annual weed seeds and helps stop weeds from germinating.
Where to Grow Birds and Bees WildflowerMat?
Birds and Bees WildflowerMat is suitable for a wide range of soil conditions but prefers to grow in full sun and moist, but well drained low fertility soil. It is happy on level surfaces or slopes and prefers a fairly neutral pH (7.0), but will tolerate all but the most acidic or alkaline soils.
Low Fertility soils help limit soil nutrients allowing wildflowers to establish and thrive with minimal competition. The low nutrients help to prevent grasses from becoming over vigorous, whilst also restricting the growth of other dominating plants so that they do not outcompete the wildflower plants in WildflowerMat.
For best results, lay your Birds and Bees WildflowerMat onto 150mm of our Low Fertility Soil, which has been especially formulated for growing wildflowers.
To learn more about our low fertility soil please click link below
Birds and Bees is grown outdoors on a wildlife friendly plant nursery. We actively encourage birds, insects and other creatures to share the benefits of the plants as they grow. We do not normally use Pesticides and Weedkillers in any wildflower turf production.
What is WildflowerMat?
Our WildflowerMat is an ingenious outdoor landscaping material that helps you grow a mature wildflower meadow in the least time possible. It’s far more reliable than sowing seed and much quicker and easier than plug planting. Think of WildflowerMat as a flower garden on a roll. You lay it in a similar way to lawn turf, but maintain it like a wildflower meadow.
How to Install & Care for your WildflowerMat.
Easy to look after, once Birds and Bees WildflowerMat has established, it can be left to grow unchecked all through the spring, summer and autumn months. There’s no need for mowing, feeding, deadheading or pest control, Mother Nature will take care of everything for you. Towards the end of winter, (usually late February) or when all of the seed heads have been eaten by birds. Cut your plants back to a height of 10 – 15 cm and take away all of the clippings. Sometimes, during a wet mild summer, you may find that some of the plants fall over – if this happens, simply trim them back to tidy them.
What Seeds are In Birds and Bees WildflowerMat?
Percentages refer to the weight of the seed in the growing mix and do not necessarily reflect the proportions of mature plants.
10% native grasses
Selected native grasses look great alongside wildflowers. Not only will they provide dense soil coverage to preserve water in the soil, grasses also provide shelter for insects, food for birds and perches for butterflies:
• Sheep’s Fescue
• Slender Creeping Red Fescue
• Quaking grass
• Meadow Barley
90% native wildflowers
For a colourful display that provides lots of pollen and nectar to support beneficial insects all the way from early spring to late autumn.
• Autumn hawkbit
• Birdsfoot trefoil
• Bladder Campion
• Clustered bellflower
• Common mallow
• Common sorrel
• Common toadflax
• Field poppy
• Fox and Cubs
• Grandmothers Garden
• Greater Knapweed
• Maiden pink
• Meadow buttercup
• Meadow cranes-bill
• Musk mallow
• Purple loosestrife
• Ragged robin
• Red campion
• Red clover
• Sheeps bit
• Small scabious
• Viper’s bugloss
• White campion
• White clover
• Wild Basil
• Wild carrot
• Wild clary
• Wild marjoram
• Wild pansy
• Wild thyme