EW1 – Woodland Mixture


Please note, this season we have had high demand for EW1 and as a consequence we are almost out of stock for some key components. For this reason, I am afraid we have had to limit the maximum order to 20kg a seed. We apologise for any inconvenience. EW1 is a very good mixture of woodland wild flowers and grasses that will bloom in spring and early summer. Woodland wild flowers require some shade to thrive. So, use this mixture in established woods, or in young woodland, as the canopy begins to close in.

Wild Flowers

% Latin name Common name
0.5 Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
0.5 Allium ursinum Ramsons
1 Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley
0.2 Arctium minus Lesser Burdock
0.1 Arum maculatum Lords-and-Ladies
3.3 Chaerophyllum temulum Rough Chervil
1 Cruciata laevipes Crosswort
0.2 Digitalis purpurea Foxglove
2 Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet
0.5 Geum urbanum Wood Avens
1 Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell
0.2 Iris foetidissima Gladdon
3.4 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal
5 Silene dioica Red Campion
0.1 Teucrium scorodonia Wood Sage
1 Torilis japonica Upright Hedge-parsley


% Latin name Common name
10 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent
2 Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal-grass (w)
2 Brachypodium sylvaticum False Brome (w)
25 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail
1 Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair-grass (w)
28 Festuca rubra Red Fescue
12 Poa nemoralis Wood Meadow-grass

Sowing Rates

kg/ha kg/acre g/m2 Order Mixture
40 16 4 Order this mixture

Growing guide

Ground preparation

Endeavour to select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds. Clear all unwanted vegetation from the areas to be sown. Cultivation close to established trees and shrubs can be damaging to their root systems so take care not to dig too deep and keep disturbance to the minimum required to expose fresh soil.


Seed is best sown in the autumn or early spring. The seed must be surface sown and can be applied by machine or broadcast by hand. To get an even distribution and avoid running out, divide the seed into two or more parts and sow in overlapping sections. Do not incorporate or cover the seed. (more on sowing)

Woodland schemes are sown in a wide variety of circumstances with varying degrees of shading and other effects from tree roots. For this reason the results of sowing seed will be quite variable. Establishment of ground cover can be slow and patchy and in deeper shade full ground cover may never reach 100%.


Established woodland that has been under-sown with a woodland mixture requires little management during establishment. In the long-term ground flora will benefit from good tree and coppice management.

Open or young woodland with higher light levels will produce more growth and grasses will be more prominent. In these conditions an annual cut mid summer may be worthwhile for a more managed appearance and to keep weeds of semi-shade such as nettles and brambles in check.

(more on woodland management)

Newly planted woodland will take 10-15 years for the tree canopy to close and for light levels to drop. During this initial phase seed mixtures that have been sown should be managed as grassland (more on grassland management). As ground cover declines and shade increases to 50% woodland plants will have more opportunity to thrive. This is a good point at which to sow additional woodland wild flower seeds EW1F.


EW1 is a complete mix composed of 20% native wild flowers and 80% slow growing grasses (by weight) and is suitable for sowing in moderately developed shade.  In deep established shade grasses do not thrive and only the wild flowers  EW1F need to be sown. The grass component of EW1  is also available to order separately as grass mix EG9 .


NOTICE: THIS MIXTURE IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


Please use the form below to order this mixture.

nb: 1000g = 1kg, 100g = 0.1kg

Prices include p&p to most mainland destinations, more on delivery charges.


£/100kg £5,280.00
£/10kg £552.00
£/1kg £60.00
£/100g £7.20