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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
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Planting Wildflowers in a City Garden

Planting WildflowersAs the fall season flew by (It’s December already?), unfortunately I did not get a chance to add more spring-blooming Bulbs to my garden beds. I garden in a zone 5 and my ground is a bit too frozen to dig up. Despite this (inexcusable) procrastination on my part, I still want to experience the wonderful excitement and anticipation throughout the winter months of new, colorful blooms in the early spring. Sure, I will still get the cheerful blooms of the Daffodils, Perennial Tulips and Crocus I planted last season, but I want more!

As the ground temperatures are low in my area and the above-freezing weekend melted the snow from the ground, I decided to plant a variety of annual wildflowers on top of my existing bulb beds for a rainbow of gorgeous color in the spring and summer months.

Choosing my Seed: Was easy. I used our All Annual Mixture because of the variety (23 different Wildflowers) and the fact that it will bloom from early spring into late summer. I am thinking of completely re-doing these beds next fall, so I chose a mixture I knew would not return year after year.

Preparing the Area: I was lucky that there was not much existing growth on the beds before I planted – It was freezing out, so I tilled and raked a little to get the rogue grass out and smooth the surface as much as possible.

Planting HelpSowing the Seed: My friend Jintina (and my dog Ophelia) stepped in to help me with this task and we switched off between using a Handheld Seed Spreader and simply throwing the seed out by hand. The area is not large, so I would recommend either method if you are planting in a smaller space.

Stomping: We then walked, or “stomped” on the seed to press it into the bare soil.

Voila! I can’t wait until my Daffodils and Tulips have finished blooming this coming spring and the stunning wildflowers take over with their gorgeous color. I ordered a bit too much seed and sprinkled what I didn't use in the median by my house – Hopefully passers-by will enjoy the blooms as much as I do!

Happy Gardening!

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