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Seed mixes

The seed mixes we provide contain native Scottish wildflower species which are tailored toward bumblebees and butterflies. Various factors affect how attractive a flower is to different pollinators, such as its shape, colour and the amount of nectar it has.

 

 

The bumblebee mix contains:

Bush Vetch - Vicia cracca

Devil's-bit scabious - Succisa pratensis

Rock Rose - Helianthemum nummularium

Viper's bugloss - Echium vulgare

Toadflax - Linaria vulgaris

 

The butterfly mix contains:

Viper's bugloss - Echium vulgare

Field scabious - Knautia arvensis

Purple loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria

Red clover - Trifolium pratense

Wild Marjoram - Oreganum vulgare

 

Planting

Though your new native seeds can be sown any time of the year, they may struggle during the winter. You have the option to sow and grow your seeds in trays or pots and transplant them to an open site, or to scatter the seed directly onto the soil surface. Covering an area of 1-2m2, one seed packet will get you on your way with your new biodiverse space.

 

Wildflowers thrive best in relatively poor soil and a sunny spot that is sheltered from the wind. Make sure the area you choose is well-drained and as free of weeds as possible. If your soil is very dry, soak it with water 24 hours before sowing. Try to get an even distribution when sowing, and there is no need to bury seeds, just ensure they are not so exposed that they will be blown away in the wind.