Low perennials for dry areas

The mixture of 42 species of native perennial and annual flowers with 8 different slow-growing wild grasses is the perfect to get low flower grasslands resistant to harsh conditions.

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Product information

A mixture of native low species, exceptionally resistant to drought and difficult conditions for use in humus-poor areas with a high proportion of sand, gravel or crushed stone. It works well as a mixture for sowing crossings, parking spaces and slopes reinforced with a geogrid. It can also be used for sowing around roundabouts and road islets. The mixture will also be successful for sowing extensive green roofs and solar farms.

Annual field flowers ensure flowering in spring, grass covers the area, and from the next season the meadow is dominated by durable species of perennial flowers and grasses. The mixture is intended for spring and autumn sowing in sunny places, on average and sandy soils with moderate moisture and periodically dry.

100 g of seeds is enough to establish a flower meadow with an area of approx. 40 m².

Contents:
70% flowers, 30% grass
Low plants
Durability:
meadow on  many years
Site:
sunny
Soil:
average or sandy
Humidity:
average places and  dry
When to sow:
spring / autumn
Amount of seeds:
2-3 g / m²

Seeding instruction

Before sowing

For the best effect, the seeds should be sown on the ground that has been cleared of the existing vegetation and its plant debris – rhizomes or roots. Before sowing, the area should be flattened so that the seeds will not be washed away during rain or watering. Lawn seeding is a method that offers no guarantee of success. If there are clearances in the turf and the plants have enough space to grow, flowers may appear in places, but the effectiveness of this method is often low.

Sowing

Before sowing, the seeds must be mixed – it is important that the mixture is sown evenly over the entire surface. If the area is larger, we divide it into smaller fragments and portion the mixture of seeds proportionally to their number. Adding the mixture of seeds to the carrier, e.g. vermiculite or sand in a proportion of min. 1 l. filler per 100 g of seed mixture, will increase the volume of the seed and facilitate even sowing and control of the sowing area.

We sow the seeds on top of the soil – do not cover them with soil, because many species germinate in the sun and without light will not start vegetation. If the area is larger, we divide it into smaller fragments and portion the mixture of seeds proportionally to their number. A meadow that is too densely sown, where too many plants grow and compete with each other for access to light and water during the intensive growth phase, may lose their aesthetics.

After  sowing

After sowing, the area should be rolled or trampled to ensure good contact with the ground for the seeds. Finally, we water the future meadow. If this is not possible, sowing seeds should preferably be planned in the time before the rain. It is important that the delicate roots of young plants have good conditions to penetrate the moist soil. It is important for the proper development of plants to maintain a moderate substrate humidity in the intensive growth period, especially on permeable soils.

How to care

The first year

If the conditions for growth are proper – temperatures are constantly positive and there is no drought – plants should start to sprout within a few days after sowing. The mixture includes annual species that will bloom within 1-2 months after sowing (in spring sowing) and perennial plants that have only green leaves in the first year, and their flowering begins in the second season. Water shortages and colds delay vegetation and flowering. They also make plants flower shorter, striving for quick seed delivery. If undesirable plants appear in the meadow in the first year, it can be weeded to save annual flowers, or mowed, which will strengthen perennial species. When the meadow is blooming, it must be mowed to make room for perennial species that develop below, which need light to grow. The swath can be left for a few days so that the seeds end up in the soil and the inhabitants of the meadow can leave it, then the hay has to be taken so as not to limit the growth of perennial plants.

The following years

From the second year on, the meadow will be dominated by native perennial species, which will gradually take over the entire area. We mow the perennial meadow twice a season. Mowing should be performed high (approx. 5-10 cm above the ground) and without chopping the swath, e.g. with a traditional or mechanical scythe, and with a bar mower for larger areas. After mowing the hay, we leave the hay in the meadow for a few days, so that the seeds end up in the soil and the inhabitants leave the stalks. After this time, the hay should be removed so as not to fertilize the soil, which would promote the growth of nitrogen-loving grasses. The first mowing should be done after the flowers have flowered and the seeds fall off (June / July). The second mowing is performed in the fall (then the area will resemble a lawn in winter) or in early spring (in winter, the stalks will be a shelter for insects and a canteen for birds, as well as insulation for young seedlings that will have time to grow before the end of the season). If the intensely colored annuals are to reappear in the following years, any annual mix can be sown into the turf clearances in spring. For such sowing, the recommended sowing rate should be reduced by half to 1 g / m². It is important that the seeds hit the exposed soil, and if the turf is dense, you can dig the area punctually and sow new seeds in the prepared places. Mole mounds can also be successfully used for undersowing.

Seed mixture species

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70% Flowers

Hoary plantain
Plantago media
Herb-Robert
Geranium robertianum
Crownvetch
Securigera varia
Lusitan garlic
Allium lusitanicum
Harebell
Campanula rotundifolia
Large-flowered selfheal
Prunella grandiflora
Tunic flower
Petrorhagia saxifraga
Maiden pink
Dianthus deltoides
Fringed pink
Dianthus superbus
Redstem filaree
Erodium cicutarium
Bulbous buttercup
Ranunculus bulbosus
Common bird’s-foot trefoil
Lotus corniculatus
Hare’s-foot clover
Trifolium arvense
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Oregano
Origanum vulgare
Austrian flax
Linum austriacum
Bladder campion
Silene vulgaris
Nottingham catchfly
Silene nutans
Common toadflax
Linaria vulgaris
Thyme
Thymus pulegioides
Long pricklyhead poppy
Papaver argemone
Long-headed poppy
Papaver dubium
Field marigold
Calendula arvensis
Hoary cinquefoil
Potentilla argentea
Spring cinquefoil
Potentilla verna
Catsear
Hypochaeris radicata
Common kidneyvetch
Anthyllis vulneraria
Hilly speedwell
Veronica teucrium
Hoary alyssum
Berteroa incana
Goldmoss stonecrop
Sedum acre
Reflexed stonecrop
Sedum rupestre
Golden marguerite
Anthemis tinctoria
Corn chamomile
Anthemis arvensis
Pale madwort
Alyssum alyssoides
Meadow clary
Salvia pratensis
Lilac sage
Salvia verticillata
Meadowsweet
Filipendula vulgaris
Thrift
Armeria maritima
Ox-eye daisy
Leucanthemum vulgare
Looking glass
Legousia speculum-veneris

30% grass

Quaking-grass
Briza media
Red fescue
Festuca rubra
Sheep’s fescue
Festuca ovina
Ash fescue
Festuca cinerea
Common bent
Agrostis capillaris
Cat’s tailBoehmers
Phleum phleoides
Canada bluegrass
Poa compressa
Poa angustifolia
Poa angustifolia

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