Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix

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This mixture can be used as a flowering lawn or low growing ground cover. It is composed of fine fescue, flowers and clovers and provides a colorful and diverse alternative to grass lawns.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Groundcover
Groundcover
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
SKU ALMXG

This mixture can be used as a flowering lawn or low growing ground cover. It is composed of fine fescue, flowers and clovers and provides a colorful and diverse alternative to grass lawns.

This mixture contains 13 wildflowers, 6 annuals for first-year color, plus 7 perennials for second and successive years' bloom.

  Botanical Name Common Name Life Cycle Color Height Bloom Season
  Anthemis nobilis Roman Chamomile Perennial White 20" Spring, Summer
  Bellis perennis English Daisy Perennials White, Rose 6" Spring, Summer
  Chrysanthemum multicaule Yellow Daisy Annual Yellow 6" Spring, Summer
Chrysanthemum paludosum Creeping Daisy Annual White 6" - 12" Summer, Fall
Eschscholzia caespitosa Dwarf California Poppy Annual Yellow 6" - 12" Summer, Fall
Festuca ovina Sheep Fescue Perennial Green 6" - 24" Summer
Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum Annual White 16" Spring, Summer, Fall
Nemophila maculata Five Spot Annual Purple, White 6" Spring, Summer
Nemophila menziesii Baby Blue Eyes Annual Blue 9" Spring, Summer
Saponaria ocymoides Soapwort Perennial Pink 8" Spring
  Thymus serphyllum Creeping Thyme Perennial Lavender 3" Summer
  Trifolium fragiferum Strawberry Clover Perennial Pink 12" Summer
Viola cornuta Johnny Jump-Up Perennial Purple, Yellow, Blue 12" Spring, Summer, Fall

Associated SKUs
ALMXG
ALMXQP (1/4 Pound)
ALMXHP (1/2 Pound)
ALMXLB (1 Pound)
ALMXLB5 (5 Pounds)
ALMXLB10 (10 Pounds)
ALMXLB25 (25 Pounds)
ALMXLB50 (50 Pounds)
Common Name Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Seed Life Cycle Mixture of Annuals & Perennials
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 250-500 sq ft.
1/2 lb covers 500-1,000 sq ft.
1 lb covers 1,000-2,000 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 5,000-10,000 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 10,000-25,000 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 1/2-1 acre.
50 lbs covers 1.5-2 acres.
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Advantages Easy to Grow, Groundcover, Erosion Control
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsAlternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix
 
3.6

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Grows very well!

Germinated in a matter of only a few days! I have never seen any seed or seed mix start to grow so fast. Our weather has been mid 50'2 day and low 40's...Read complete review

Germinated in a matter of only a few days! I have never seen any seed or seed mix start to grow so fast. Our weather has been mid 50'2 day and low 40's at night (Pacific North West) and I planted this in 5/8- gravel by the road side, and it is growing so fast. Planted on April 26 photo taken May 6th 2011. I planted this in front of my fence by on the shoulder of the road in the gravel. I figure that crab grass will grow in the gravel so why not plant this and make a ground cover before the crab grass has a chance to grow. It worked so far.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a lawn substitute, in hot areas.

We planted this as along with an equal amount of bluegrass seed. It was breathtaking in earliest spring (San Jose/ South SF bay area, zone 9)

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We planted this as along with an equal amount of bluegrass seed. It was breathtaking in earliest spring (San Jose/ South SF bay area, zone 9)

By early May, it was 80 % stiff, tall daisies and played out alyssum. White and brown. the chamomile, english lawn daisies and violas were drowned out by taller daisies. Not great for our kids to play and sit in the flowery meadow we were hoping for.

In Seattle, however, this mix was excellent at making the flowery lawn.

I am pulling out most of the center this year and planting with the lower, softer plants we had purchased this mix for. It is certainly hardy, so I will have to have to really dig and then put in plants instead of seeds, to the detriment of my wallet and the disappointment of my daisy chain weaving kids.

so, I would say, right plants, wrong place.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A great concept

By 

from Clemson, SC

Verified Reviewer

Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

This is a great idea: replace the boring, sterile, traditional lawn with a rich mowable polyculture for extra visual pleasure, habitat value, and pollinator forage value. I can't speak to much to the quality of this particular seed mix, as it was only one of several sets of seeds I added to an existing meadow at the same time, thus confusing the results. In general I would be wary, however, of any seed mix that is meant to be so broadly applicable. "For zones 1-10"?! That is a huge range! This means they intend that, for any one individual customer, half of the species will succeed and half will not. I might consider researching the constituent species in this mix and buying separately a few that are best suited to your zone and conditions. I think that is what I will do before ordering again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product. Great coverage in my

By 

from Cottage Grove, MN

Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

Planted last Fall and had a excellent germination rate. very colorful and low growing. Just cut down last plants this fall. Great for around border edging so I can avoid mowing for longer periods. Looked great with lawn spring bulbs. Would be nice to have different mixes and provide more perennials in the mix. Highly recommend trying it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Low germination :(

By 

from Wilson NY

Verified Reviewer

Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

Used on a new slope we preferred not to mow. Very little green showing now :( Also seeded spots with crown vetch and dry area seed which are sprouting well. Not sure why these aren't sprouting up like the others but we're going to have to give in and just go with grass I guess.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix

By 

from Santa Cruz, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

This is starting to work and take over the lawn by reseeding and spreading. I like the flowers and colors and watching more butterflies on the lawn. With drought conditions, this is a good idea and with age nice to not worry as much about fertilizing etc. Added plus, it was not difficult to plant at all.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

only a few sprouts, but no flowers.

By 

from los angeles, ca

Verified Reviewer

Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

tried these seeds in different locations (on lawn, on dry patch of soil both sandy & moist), in a planter, but with an exception to a few sprouts, did not see anything growing. will be trying something else.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great product

By 

from Cape cod ma

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Incline

      Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

      Can't wait for next year

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It worked on dreadful soil!

      By 

      from the catskills

      Pros

      • Clay And Rock Soil
      • I Sewed This Mixture At T
      • It All Came Up
      • Planted Late In Season

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          planted in poor clay and rock soil around new house

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Please with my lawn

          By 

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • June- October
          • Just Below The Knee
          • Pretty White Lawn

          Cons

          • Mostly White

          Best Uses

          • Meadow Lawn

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I spread the seeds over a newly tilled lawn. Most of the sprouted earlier or later giving a romantic lacy appearance to my backyard. My only dislike it that I had mostly alyssum and daisies - only white flowers. Yellow daisy was fairly random and I have 2-3 violas only, no blue flowers at all. I will try again next spring and may add my own seeds too beef up the color.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not a practical lawn.

          By 

          from Orlando fl

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast growth
          • Great Violas

          Cons

          • To Delicate To Walk On
          • To Tall For A Lawn

          Best Uses

          • Ground Cover For Low Area

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          Nice mix. A little to tall for an active lawn. Great for a low traffic area.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          disapointed

          By 

          from Chicago, IL

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I really wanted this to work. I purchased both this mix + clover to fill in my lawn in areas that were 'troubled'. We rototilled and added some extras to the areas we wanted to plant (peat and manure) and were really happy to see sprouts coming up quickly -- but they never really got established or got any bigger than sprouts and kind of fizzled out despite careful watering and keeping pets and people out of the area. We will try again next year tho' and hopefully have better luck.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Mixed results, but overall positive

          By 

          from Phildelphia, PA

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I have used this seed mix in an attempt to establish an alternative lawn, first with a quick sowing mid-summer to get it started (because that's when the landscaping was ready), and then oversowing thoroughly the following spring. Because it was hot for the first sowing, it took a good week or two to germinate, and that meant it washed out of high areas and clumped more than I would have liked. (This isn't a flaw with the product, though--just unfortunate timing.) When it did germinate, though, it did so vigorously (except in part shade), particularly for the annuals: the sweet alyssum was beautiful (and almost overwhelming)! A year later, some of the perennials seem to have taken better than others--I haven't had any blooms for certain species in the mix yet, but I'm hoping they will appear soon. The mix is very pretty, with a lot of delicate-looking flowers. It grows to be about 8-12" tall (very important information for a lawn alternative that wasn't clearly included in the description). It's not so dense that taller weeds won't invade--once in place, I have had to weed every few weeks, but the weeds are overall relatively few and pretty manageable.

          An unfortunate property of this mix, though, is that it contains strawberry clover. There's nothing wrong with the plant itself: the clover is pretty and does not spread aggressively. But as a perennial, it also doesn't bloom in the first year, and you're discouraged from weeding once the mix is sown so that you don't disrupt the growth of the meadow. The consequence was that I had no idea the meadow had been aggressively invaded by white clover until the second year, when they all bloomed (I had thought the strawberry clover was just doing very well and was present in large numbers in the mix! It is actually relatively sparse), by which point it was far too late to get it back under control without ripping out all the other perennials. The white clover is so aggressive that it has smothered a lot of the other plants in this mix, and has taken over whole sections of the meadow--including growing right over the stone path and into my vegetable beds. It's much, much more difficult to manage than the plants in the mix, but unfortunately, varieties of clover are difficult to tell apart when they are small and until they bloom a year later. So I now have a more labor-intensive white clover meadow, with occasional areas that have other pretty wildflowers. (But: the clover is still mostly a pretty meadow addition, and the pollinators are happy. I could, however, have easily transplanted white clover to fill the yard for free!)

          If there was a clover-free version of this mix, I might pull out everything in the yard and start over fresh with it next spring. Instead I will be trimming back the white clover as well as I can, and then maybe oversowing again with this mix if the weather breaks and is a little cooler--hopefully it will compete with the clover and I'll get some of these perennials to succeed for next year. It's frustrating that I'll have to buy more seed to accomplish this, though.

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          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not a lawn substitute, in hot areas.

          By 

          from San Jose, California

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attracts Beneficials
          • Beautiful In Early Spring
          • Easy To Establish
          • Fast growing
          • Great In Colder Areas
          • Grows fast

          Cons

          • Not Colorful Past Spring
          • Not Good In Hot Areas
          • Sharp And Stiff Plants
          • Too Many Daisies

          Best Uses

          • Better In Shade
          • Colder Wetter Climates
          • Low maintenance
          • Wild Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          We planted this as along with an equal amount of bluegrass seed. It was breathtaking in earliest spring (San Jose/ South SF bay area, zone 9)

          By early May, it was 80 % stiff, tall daisies and played out alyssum. White and brown. the chamomile, english lawn daisies and violas were drowned out by taller daisies. Not great for our kids to play and sit in the flowery meadow we were hoping for.

          In Seattle, however, this mix was excellent at making the flowery lawn.

          I am pulling out most of the center this year and planting with the lower, softer plants we had purchased this mix for. It is certainly hardy, so I will have to have to really dig and then put in plants instead of seeds, to the detriment of my wallet and the disappointment of my daisy chain weaving kids.

          so, I would say, right plants, wrong place.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          no flowers yet

          By 

          from fort collins, CO

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I planted this mix in the fall according to the instructions, but there are no signs of flowers or fescue this spring. I'm still hopeful something will appear as we move into the summer months.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Alternative lawn in Seattle

          By 

          from Seattle

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy
          • Good Looking
          • Quick Blooming

          Cons

          • Not Great In Shade

          Best Uses

          • Lawn replacement
          • With Native Plants

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          Used this for a grassy area constantly plagued by moss and moles. Hasn't been in long but germinated quickly. Also used as a ground cover for native plant area and for parking strip. Very pleased with both -- flowers came in quickly and look good in what had been problem areas. Does best in direct sun, of course, but OK in partial shade. Shady areas, not so hot. Stands up to moderate traffic pretty well.

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          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Blame It on the Drought!

          By 

          from Fairbury NE

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I like the idea of a lawn substitute and ordered this mix two years in a year, planting some in full sun and some in half-sun.
          Only one patch (in full sun) came in half-way decent, although a bit thin. However, my area is officially in an EXTREME DROUGHT!!! - Some of the Johnny Jump-Ups did come up along my rose hedge, where they get 1/2 sun, and look quite nice, esp. the second year, so I plan to order more of that seed for that specific type of location.

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          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Transforming bare lawn patches

          By 

          from Louisville, KY

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I had some bare patches in my lawn, and rather than use grass seed, I decided to try this seed mix. It's so easy to use! I lightly tilled up the dirt, scattered some seeds, and presto, beautiful patches of color!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cute!

          By 

          from downstate, ny

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I love this mix for the areas that are a bit bare from "traffic" :) It needs consistent watering to get established but it's so cute!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty

          By 

          from port orchard wa

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Erosion control
          • Low Maintenance
          • Withstands dogs

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

              I was skeptical about this seed but as it grew saw that my initial doubts were unwarrented. I have big dogs and in spite of them running over the seeded areas as the plants were coming up - they didn't fail.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor results with this product

              By 

              from Ariel, WA

              Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

              I purchased 5 lbs. ([$]) of this seed to use on a large, sloping hill (approx 10,000 sq.ft) that was excavated prior to our home build. The soil was completely cleared of brush although it contained small rocks. I followed the directions to the letter through direct email communication with Paula at American Meadows yet saw an area of growth no larger than 10' by 15'. Our climate is perfect for wildflower growth so it was even more disappointing that very little grew. It was an expensive purchase and I'm extremely disappointed with the results.

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              HOPEFUL!

              By 

              from Raleigh, NC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Sprouted easily

              Cons

              • Reserve judgement

              Best Uses

              • Problem slope

              Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

              I waited until spring to seed these. They germinated very quickly and evenly, and because we've had regular rain, they seem very healthy at this time. I planted these in a slightly sloped area, in full sun, where fescue grass has been struggling in the summertime. I'm hoping that this will beautify this area.

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Zone 9b success

              By 

              from Sf bay

              Pros

              • Color variety
              • Great germination

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Lawn replacement
                • Native plant gardens

                Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

                I live in the SF bay area (zone 9b or Sunset zone 17.) I let my lawn brown out over the summer, then covered it with a few layers of newspaper. Over that, just regular garden soil. I sowed these in November 2011 and despite our dry winter and my irregular watering, I now have a beautiful wildflower meadow. I ordered 1/4 pound for an area about 800 sf and the coverage is excellent. I have two dogs who run on this regularly and it looks great (though I kept them off it till seedlings were established.) Highly recommended.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweetest Lawn Ever Grown on the Planet

                By 

                from CT

                Pros

                • Charming
                • Delicate
                • Perfect height
                • Pretty
                • Soft

                Cons

                • Didn't order enough

                Best Uses

                • In a meadow
                • Near a patio
                • Under fruit trees

                Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

                This grew hardily in a large mixed sun/shade spot; it is soft on the feet, a lovely green, and late in summer it blooms so daintily, so charmingly, it nearly takes your breath away. A delight. Will order more.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Tempted to plant entire field with this

                By 

                from Delta, PA

                Pros

                • Around roots
                • Grows anywhere
                • Under pine trees

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Same growth n sun shade

                Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

                I planted the alternative lawn mix in a hard to mow area. After planting, it rained for 7 straight days. I thought the seed would wash away. After it quit raining I was gonna order some more but I walked outside and got down on my knees and seen a bunch of seedlings sprouting. After 4 days there is a noticable difference in the amount of seedlings. Still waiting for them to grow high and strong but off to a good start. Make sure u mix 10 to 1 sand to seed ratio to get optimum results. I didn't and ran a little short on seed. Definately buy this product!

                (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Grows very well!

                By 

                from Yelm,WA.

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Germinated in 40s to 50s
                • Grows in full fun
                • Grows in Gravel
                • Grows in sand

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Full sun
                • Gravel
                • sand

                Comments about American Meadows Alternative Lawn Wildflower Seed Mix:

                Germinated in a matter of only a few days! I have never seen any seed or seed mix start to grow so fast. Our weather has been mid 50'2 day and low 40's at night (Pacific North West) and I planted this in 5/8- gravel by the road side, and it is growing so fast. Planted on April 26 photo taken May 6th 2011. I planted this in front of my fence by on the shoulder of the road in the gravel. I figure that crab grass will grow in the gravel so why not plant this and make a ground cover before the crab grass has a chance to grow. It worked so far.

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                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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