Welcome to the 3rd blog in a 3 part series highlighting the beautiful wildflower seeds that are in our Hill Country Pollinator Mix seed bags. If you’ve been following the series, this advice will sound familiar: Get your wildflower seeds planted in fall to enjoy the beautiful blooms in spring. Our goal this month and next is to make planting wildflowers successfully an easy task for you.
One way to make sure you are successful is to give you easy access to expert advice. That’s jsut what we’ve done by scheduling our “Secrets of a Successful Wildflower Meadow” seminar, October 5th at our Bandera location. Who better than John R. Thomas, owner and founder of Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas, to teach you how to plant these beautiful, native, pollinator-friendly plants? While you’re waiting for the seminar, today you can enjoy the wildflowers featured in Part 3 of our series. Click the following links for Part 1, Part 2, and our bluebonnet blog in the rest of the wildflower series.
5 Hill Country Wildflower Seeds for San Antonio, and the Hill Country inTexas
Scarlet Sage (Salvia Coccinea)
This gorgeous brilliant-red wildflower is commonly found in our perennial section sold as transplants, but can also be easily grown by the seeds in our mixed packet. Hummingbirds zoom straight in for the nectar in these tubular shaped flowers. Butterflies and bees are attracted to it as well. Scarlet Sage loves the heat and will bloom as long as it is warm (lucky for us in San Antonio, that is the majority of the year). You can cut back plants that start to get leggy throughout summer to inspire another flush of blooms. Plant in full to part sun in well-draining soil. Grows to an average mature size of 36″-48″.
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Looking for a cheerful, easily-adapatable type of of wildflower? Look no further than the Black-eyed Susan. Golden-yellow petals shoot off the domed, brown center like rays of sunshine. Black-eyed Susan are some of the most common wildflowers and also some of the nicest… they are very forgiving if you neglect them a little bit. These plants need full sun and can tolerate most any well-draining soil. Deadhead throughout the summer to encourage more blooms, but leave a little to go to seed because the second year you will get more blooms than the first. These deer resistant biennial wildflowers grow to about 24″ T.
Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
The beauty of wildflowers keeps coming with the appearance Plains Coreopsis late spring into summer. Golden-yellow petals with a splash of maroon surround the purple-red center and the flower almost looks like a type of daisy. Plains coreopsis grows to mature size of about 24″ and produces masses of showy flowers, especially if it has rained alot or they are given extra water in dry times. As with most wildflowers, you need to allow the flowers to reseed if you wish to have an amazing display of blooms the following year. Great option for a deer resistant wildflower
Dwarf Helenium (Helenium Amarum)
No deadheading is required for these cute-as-a-button wildflowers to continue their blooms. Hummingbirds, butterflies and native bees will flock to these 12″, brightly-hued, annual wildflowers. Full sun is best for these sunshine-yellow flowers. Super easy to grow, their short stature keeps their flowers up top and the center of attraction. A spot with well-draining soil is a perfect home for these cuties to show their faces from spring to summer.
Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
The delicate pink hue of the Showy Evening Primrose is just, well, pretty. When you come across a field of them, it’s like seeing cotton candy spread across a meadow. These wildflowers tend to strut their stuff when they are given plenty of moisture. As a matter of fact, if it’s too hot and dry, they may go dormant in summer and then reappear after some good rain shows up in fall. Some of us wouldn’t mind going dormant in summer, am I right? These semi-evergreen, perennial wildflowers grow to a mature height of about 24″ and release a sweet aroma throughout the evening starting at dusk.
So ends our 3rd and last installment of the ingredients in the Hill Country Pollinator Mix wildflower seed packages. Did you miss out on the first 2 blogs? You can click the following links to catch up: Part 1, Part 2, plus our Bluebonnet blog. If these pictures and descriptions of wildflowers don’t get you excited, we might need to check your pulse! Here’s to planting wildflower seeds in fall, plenty of fall and early spring rain to get them going, and to the bountiful blooms you get to look forward to! For even more information on wildflowers, check out these expert sites: Wildseed Farms (and don’t forget about our seminar), and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Like the past couple of blogs, it seems fitting to end with another quote. This one is from Sheryl Crow: “No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.”
~ The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy