Doing Good Through Gardening, Even During A Drought

by Mike Lizotte

As I look at my Tulips peeking up through the snow – yes snow – I have visions of beautiful burst of color soon to follow! While I wait for Mother Nature to bring us warmer days, I can’t help but wonder how all our customers in the drought stricken areas of the country are going to tackle their gardens this season. Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and California are just a few states that are dealing with severe drought conditions with no end in sight. Mandatory cutbacks on water usage, by up to 25%, are being enforced in entire states.

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A big part of my job is helping provide solutions to people's gardening problems. From brightening up a shaded area, to establishing Wildflowers on that hard to maintain slope, the satisfaction of not only providing a solution, but also having a success story from them a few months down the road is very rewarding!

This drought is serious business. Here at American Meadows, I’m always researching and working with growers from around the country trying to find the most drought resistant wildflower species in hopes of providing a solution for all our customers being impacting by these serious conditions.

Our Xeriscape Mixes and our Drought Tolerate Mix contain some of the hardiest species designed to withstand long periods of time without water. They also make great alternatives to your water-hog lawn.

We have over 100 individual wildflower species as well that would tolerate these less than ideal growing conditions. Wildflowers are some of the most resilient species found in the plant kingdom which makes them a great option. Don’t give up – You can enjoy amazing color this season and we’re here to help!

So I’d like to leave you with a recent success story from Corey W. in Los Angeles, CA that is sure to inspire anyone dealing with these drought conditions!

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"I planted southwest wildflower mix in my front yard in Los Angeles in November. It is now March and I'm thrilled at the beauty ease of care! And with our drought conditions, this is the perfect option for lawn replacement. LA DWP provides rebates of almost $4 per square foot to replace lawns with water wise landscaping."

  1. Dry Area Wildflower Seed Mix

    Our Dry Area Mix is perfect for areas that are out of the way or regions that have water restrictions. It contains 25 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that are dro...

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    Dry Area Wildflower Seed Mix Dry Area Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $9.95
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    Our Dry Area Mix is perfect for areas that are out of the way or regions that have water restrictions. It contains 25 different wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that are drought tolerant. This mix is designed to bloom all season long, year after year - It will burst into blooms the first year with the annual wildflowers and provide color in years after with the perennials.
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  2. Perennial Lupine Seeds

    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy an...

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    Perennial Lupine Seeds Perennial Lupine Lupinus perennis
    As low as $11.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy and Rudbeckia) for an extended season of color. Growing to be about 12-36” tall, Lupine is a great choice for the front of the meadow or garden bed. Extremely easy to grow and deer resistant, this perennial flower blooms year after year. Seeds are 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Eastern Xeriscape Wildflower Seed Mix

    This mix of 16 native wildflowers, including Purple Coneflower, Wild Lupine, Scarlet Sage and more, is for areas in the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada where water conservation is de...

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    Eastern Xeriscape Wildflower Seed Mix Eastern Xeriscape Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $15.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    This mix of 16 native wildflowers, including Purple Coneflower, Wild Lupine, Scarlet Sage and more, is for areas in the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada where water conservation is desired. This long-lasting mixture adds colorful blooms in the first season and for years to come. This mixture is also beneficial to the pollinators native to your region and will attract wildlife to your garden or meadow. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  4. South Of The Border Zinnia Seed

    ‘South of the Border’ Zinnia Mix is a bright, bold mix of yellow, red, and bicolor flowers. As the name hints, these flowers originated in warm, sunny Mexico, and are native to t...

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    South Of The Border Zinnia Seed Mix South Of The Border Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans South Of The Border Mix
    As low as $10.95
    Per 1/4 Pound
    ‘South of the Border’ Zinnia Mix is a bright, bold mix of yellow, red, and bicolor flowers. As the name hints, these flowers originated in warm, sunny Mexico, and are native to the Southwestern US as well. Count on Zinnias to attract butterflies and beneficial pollinators from summer right up until frost and provide plenty of excellent cut flowers. Zinnias are easy to grow and deer resistant. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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