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Our team of experts have specially designed blends for each region of the United States. The following considerations were made during the design process for each regional mix:

  • Environmental elements such as soil conditions. sun/shade tolerances and heat tolerances.
  • Genetic attributes such as color. sod density and disease resistance.
  • Water requirements.

 

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Wildflower Seed

Improve soil health, diversify your landscape, and prevent erosion with a beautiful wildflower garden.

Wildflowers have many benefits for humans, insects, and the earth, so there’s no question why you would want to dedicate garden space to these gorgeous plants. And since they’re compatible with both cooler climates and hot summers, wildflowers can add color to your garden no matter where you live.

Planting and nurturing wildflowers begins with picking high-quality wildflower seeds for the right region. At Nature's Seed, we help you grow wildflowers perfect for any region, lifespan, and seeding method. Discover our wide array of wildflower seeds and start giving your garden the pop of color it needs!

 

 

At a Glance: Wildflower Seeds

It’s easy to see how wildflowers can add beauty to any property, but collectively, wildflowers are also crucial to the environment. These bright flowers are easy to care for while introducing more biodiversity to your yard.

Whether you’ve already bought your Nature’s Seed wildflower seeds or are browsing through the expansive variety available, you should know a few things first about these popular garden flowers.

Lifecycle and growth Annual, perennial, and biennial
Wildlife support Attract pollinators, butterflies, hummingbirds, beneficial insects, bees, etc.
Regions Country-wide growth and presence in any landscape
Colors and textures Green, pink, blue, yellow, and many other colorful variations
Compatibility Grows well on its own but can be mixed with short-growing bunch grasses

Pros of Planting Wildflower Seeds

Some of the best reasons for planting wildflower seeds in your garden are:

Wildflowers are easy to maintain.

Many wildflower species are native to North America, making them easy to care for, especially for busy gardeners.

Wildflowers are natural pollinators.

Wildflowers attract beneficial insects, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. They also help other crops grow better and ensure a successful harvest. The insects that benefit from your wildflowers will also fend off any pests, making your garden pest- and disease-free.

Wildflowers are a great food source.

Wildflowers are an excellent food source for pollinators, but we can also use them as oils, dyes, or fibers!

Wildflowers offer medicinal and herbal benefits.

Wildflowers are a vital ingredient for medications and herbal products today and have been for many centuries. Examples include coneflowers and chamomile, which can be turned into popular teas used as ingredients in many medicines.

Wildflowers are good for the environment.

Like all other plants and flowers, wildflowers produce oxygen and take away carbon dioxide, creating cleaner air and beautifying your garden at the same time.

Choosing the Right Wildflower Seed Mix for You

Starting your wildflower journey is simple, and it all begins with selecting the right wildflower seed or mix that meets your needs.

 

 

Annuals, Biennials, or Perennials

Wildflowers come in different sizes, shapes, and growth cycles. You can choose between wildflowers that live for one growing season (annuals), wildflowers that live for two growing seasons (biennials), and wildflowers that live for many growing seasons (perennials).

Whichever seed you choose to plant depends on your needs and the state of your garden. If you aim to maintain a beautiful garden year-round, you should choose perennial wildflowers. Otherwise, biennial and annual wildflowers make for a great pop of color during their yearly bloom. Or better yet, you can combine annual and perennial species to take advantage of the strengths of both.

Think About Important Features

Depending on your needs and wants, you might be looking for different qualities in your wildflower garden. Luckily, wildflowers are versatile in function and can spruce up your garden no matter which species you choose.

When planting wildflower seeds from Nature's Seed, you can choose between mixes or individual species packets. You can also filter for your specific region – or pick a deer-resistant wildflower mix if you can’t shake deer from around your property. And for those who live in dry areas or have poor soil conditions, we have seeds that can grow and blossom just about anywhere.

Consider Your Region

Your region is one of the most important factors when choosing a wildflower seed mix for your garden.

The seed should be able to handle your average high and low air temperatures, soil conditions, elevation, and moisture levels. Native status is important to consider but keep in mind there are many introduced species that are well-behaved and beneficial to your wildflower garden.

Our wildflower mixes are geared to grow successfully in different regions and planting zones safely, so choosing the perfect seeds for your garden takes no time at all.

Decide on Your Planting Season

Wildflowers have three planting seasons: Early spring, late summer/early fall, and winter

Planting wildflower seeds in the early spring season works well for many species, especially annuals. Keep in mind that many perennials won’t bloom until the second season.

Late summer or early fall is probably the best time and mimics the way wildflower seeds are started in nature. Many of the annuals will become established, overwinter, and bloom in the spring. Perennials that need to be stratified (exposed to a period of cold, wet weather) will sit in the soil over winter and emerge in the early spring.

Finally, winter can be a good time especially if soil prep is not possible. The seeds will sit in the soil over winter and use the freezing and thawing cycle to work themselves into the soil. Come spring, they’ll use the melting snow and rain to germinate.

Wildflower Garden Location Matters

Different wildflower seeds have different light requirements, so before choosing the right mix, consider the placement of your garden.

Most wildflowers prefer full-sun, which is at least eight hours of direct sunlight a day. Many can tolerate part-sun, which is around five or six hours of sunlight a day. Some can handle moderately shady areas that get at least some dappled sunlight each day. But very few can handle heavy shade.

Find the Right Wildflower Seed for Your Region

With a wide variety of wildflower seeds, Nature's Seed caters to every region in the United States. Our experts analyze every region and climate and create specific wildflower mixes that benefit your area without introducing harmful species.

We consider all regional factors when creating a new wildflower mix:

Environmental elements, including soil conditions, sun and shade tolerance, and heat tolerance

Bloom time

Water requirements

Use our Regional Seed Selector and choose the best wildflower mixes for your area.    Seed Selector

For Any Region: Choose a Quickly Blooming Wildflower Mix

For Any Region: Choose a Quickly Blooming Wildflower Mix

This beautiful Annual Wildflower Mix is perfect for any region. It will bloom into bright blues, purples, reds, yellows, whites, and oranges. 

As your seeds start to flower, you’ll see a mix of Scarlet Flax, Firewheel, Garden Cosmos, Drummond Phlox, and many other wildflowers.

Perfect for open fields, cabins, flower gardens, window boxes, and more. This mix pairs well with short growing bunch grasses such as sheep fescue. It thrives best in areas with full sun and regular moisture.

 

Palouse Region: Pop of Color In Your Lawn

Palouse Region: Pop of Color In Your Lawn

For those in the Northwestern United States, the Northwest Wildflower Mix is perfect for beautiful fields and hillsides, creating a mesmerizing mix of blues, purples, reds, yellows, whites, and oranges. 

Plant this mix and watch a variety of wildflowers spring to life, such as the White Evening Primrose, Scarlet Flax, Tidy Tips, Pinkladies, and others.

You can mix these wildflowers with sheep fescue grasses in a landscape or flower garden. Keep in mind that, with these varieties, you want to make sure they have full sun and plenty of water for optimal growth.

 

Rocky Mountain Region: High Elevation Wildflower Garden

Rocky Mountain Region: High Elevation Wildflower Garden

A gorgeous addition to any Rocky Mountain property, the Rocky Mountain Wildflower Mix creates a beautiful mix of blues, purples, reds, yellows, whites, and oranges. 

Watch as Coneflowers, Lupine wildflowers, and Shirley Poppies grow in open fields, window boxes, and flower gardens. Ensure these flowers get full sun and plenty of frequent watering.

 

Southwest Region: Perfect Wildflowers for Low Elevation

Southwest Region: Perfect Wildflowers for Low Elevation

The Sonoran Desert Wildflower Mix will match the perfect desert colors with complementary yellows, purples, reds, oranges, pinks, and whites. 

Looking out at your windowsill or garden is a joy as you watch these colorful wildflowers grow. The mix contains Tidy Tips, Blanket Flowers, Desert Marigolds, and many more that will thrive in the full sun.

 

 

Planting Your Wildflower Seeds

If you’ve finished searching for the perfect wildflower seed and are ready to plant, here are some tips for planting and caring for your native wildflower mixes.

 

  • Step #1: Use the Best Seeding Method
  • Step #2: Use the Correct Planting Depth
  • Step #3: Look Into Mulches for Optimal Germination
  • Step #4: Consider Supplemental Water Irrigation
Use the Best Seeding Method
Use the Correct Planting Depth
Look Into Mulches for Optimal Germination
Consider Supplemental Water Irrigation

You can plant wildflowers by hand, but it’s sometimes easier to use other methods and equipment if you plan on covering a large area, such as the broadcast method, hydro-seeding, or specialized seed drills and rollers. These techniques will help you evenly disperse the wildflower seed mix, so you don't get a garden full of patches. 

Before planting, experts suggest mixing wildflower seeds with some type of organic or mineral carrier, such as sand, at a 3:1 ratio. The mix will make it easier to cover your entire area and distribute the seed evenly to have fewer accidental bare spots during the blooming season.

You should plant wildflower seed at a maximum of one-eighth inch (1/8″). This can be accomplished by raking the area very lightly after planting, or by “pressing” the seed into the soil by stepping on it or rolling it in.

It may seem shallow, but this depth should be secure enough so that the seeds don't come up if there’s heavy rainfall or wind.

Always be sure to read the complete planting instructions on your wildflower mix. Every variety is different, and you want to avoid planting too shallow or deep and accidentally prevent it from germinating.

Mulch may seem optional, but it’s highly recommended for germinating healthy seeds: Mulch helps retain moisture and helps prevent soil erosion from wind or water. 

This step is especially relevant if your garden is on a slope because erosion from wind or rain can ruin the fertile topsoil of your garden and move your wildflower seeds, which will create an uneven area.

Depending on the seed or mixes you use, wildflowers will germinate between 1 to 8 weeks after being planted. Some species won’t germinate until after a period of stratification (cold, wet conditions). Stratification can be accomplished naturally as the seeds sit in the soil over winter. There are also artificial stratification methods using refrigeration.

If you live in a dry area with little rainfall, you might need to add water regularly to ensure germination. For best results the seeds and soil should remain constantly moist, but not soaked, during the entire germination period.

If you have planted perennial wildflowers, you will notice a significant difference between the first and second blooming years. Perennials take some time to establish and will look much better in the second year. Take time to water each of these flowers regularly or let rainfall do its job all season long.

 

 

Caring for Your Wildflower Seeds

Once annual, perennial, or biennial wildflowers germinate it can take an additional six weeks for them to flower. When they do blossom, it’s time to think about what you’ll have to do to ensure they stay healthy and can come back every year.

Step #1: Fertilize Your Garden

Wildflowers are low-maintenance plants, so they don't need fertilization during their growing season – but you can add a low nitrogen fertilizer if you live in an area with low fertility soil. The nitrogen will help each wildflower seed grow and ensure they’re strong enough to germinate and bloom.

Step 2: Weed Control

Weeds are persistent – so even if you pick them before seeding, the chances are that they’ll come back again, especially if you don’t practice proper weed control. If you have a small garden, try to pull or dig weeds by hand or use herbicides, horticultural vinegar, or salt solutions to help you out for larger areas.

Step #3: Trimming

Trimming should be done before the first frost in October or November and will help you distribute the seed from existing plants so that your garden looks even better next season.

If you plant your wildflower seed in the spring, you can trim them down to around 6 inches before winter sets in. Trimming is especially crucial if you have perennial wildflowers, as it will help remove dead growth.

Step #4: Replanting

If you've already seeded your garden and the wildflowers have germinated, you might have noticed a few bare spots. This is an easy fix – you can apply more seeds to those spots during the dormant season so that your garden looks even better next year.

Replanting is also essential if you have an annual wildflower blend: Annual flowers die at the end of their first year and will require reseeding to regrow over the following years.

 

 

Create an Entire Meadow of Beautiful Wildflowers

Wildflowers add beauty and color to your garden, window sill, or patio. They are adapted to all regions of the United States – and the best part is that they require little care to look their best!

With so many colors, flower types, lengths, and beneficial features to choose from, wildflower enthusiasts can grow a beautiful and diverse wildflower patch with high-quality mixes from Nature's Seed.

At Nature's Seed, we help you achieve your gardening goals by providing high-quality seeds for lawn grasses, flowers, pastures, and more.

And if you need equipment, we have you covered: Our seed mixes and equipment help you complete small and large-scale gardening projects to achieve your goals in no time.

Browse through our wildflower seed mixes today and start your project!

 

 

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