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Wildflowers on Order for 2011

Having looked through countless pages of wildflowers for our area, I’ve made my final decisions for next year!  I placed my order through Wildseedfarms.com of Fredericksburg, Texas.  I loved the annuals corn poppies and cornflowers so much that I’ve ordered them again this time around.

Corn Poppies (image copyright by RoundRockGarden)

Cornflowers (image copyright by RoundRockGarden)

In addition, I chose Purple Coneflower (echinacea), which can be used medicinally.  It reportedly grows up to five feet tall and blooms from April through September.  Bees and butterflies love these!  From what I’ve read, purple coneflower is a perennial.

Purple Coneflower (image copyright by Wildseedfarms.com)

Chicory is the next flower I chose.  It sports periwinkle-colored blooms that last only a single day, but flowers June through October, growing up to 4 feet tall.  Bees, butterflies, wasps and lacewings enjoy nectaring on chicory.  The leaves can be used as a nutritious addition to salads, while the roots can be dried in the oven, ground and used as a coffee substitute.  Chicory is a perennial.

Chicory flowers (image copyright by Wildseedfarms.com)

To add more red to the garden, I chose the almost fluorescent Scarlet Flax.  This variety is shorter than the rest, measuring up to only two feet or less, but blooms from late spring all the way through fall.   It is also an annual.

Scarlet Flax (image copyright by Wildseedfarms.com)

Finally, I’ve decided against the larger sunflowers this year and chose Maximilian Sunflowers.  These are wonderful sunflowers you see all over Central Texas.  Growing from 3-10 feet tall in thick mounds, they make a nice natural hedge absolutely covered in multiple blooms up to 5 inches across.  These are also perennials, and bloom from late summer through fall.

Maximilian Sunflowers (From NPS.Gov)

With the exception of the sunflowers, all of these wildflowers can be directly sown in fall.  I’ll be preparing the beds in the coming weeks and get them sown by the end of October so they can establish themselves and put on a great show in 2011.  Unlike last year, when I used a wildflower mix, I will be sowing these in groupings so as to ensure a good representation of each.

I can hardly wait to see how colorful the garden will be next year with all of these new additions, PLUS the milkweed and the native flowering plants I put in earlier this spring!  Who knows, I may also have coreopsis and primrose come up from last year’s sowing … and maybe even bluebonnets that failed to germinate!

Have you made your wildflower order yet?

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Comments on: "Wildflowers on Order for 2011" (7)

  1. That’s funny…you just answered my question, I left on your previous post. I remember your beautiful wildflowers and I definitely want to order some seeds. Thank for the info!!

  2. Yes, it’s getting to be time to seed out those spring flowers! I have some poppy seeds collected from last year, but bought more. Indeed, coneflower is a perennial and I have tons. I don’t have much luck with seeds so I’m getting some more transplants soon. Let me know how the chicory does. I’ve never tried it. And check out http://www.wildflower.org for their native plant sale on Oct. 9 & 10. They’ll have tons of seeds and plants for you too!

    • roundrockgarden said:

      Both the wildflower center and Caroline of ShovelReadyGarden recommend Native American Seeds, so I just popped over to their site to check them out. Unfortunately, I have plans to be in Dallas the weekend of the plant sale to attend the State Fair. I’m kinda disappointed by that! Thanks for the info, Linda.

  3. Thanks for the reminder! I like Native American Seeds a lot. I’ve been perusing their catalog.

  4. This will be a stunning show Joseph! Good luck with your seeds. ;>)

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