Happy National Wildflower Week! Although it’s kind of like wildflower week year-round here at American Meadows, we love celebrating and using this week as an excuse to talk about the benefits of wildflowers in any landscape.
What Is National Wildflower Week?
National Wildflower Week takes place each year in the first week of May, which signals a time when most of the country is bursting with blooming wildflowers. This week-long celebration was started by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. As Johnson once said, wildflowers “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” Regardless of your location, we recommend celebrating National Wildflower Week by planting (or planning to plant) wildflowers on your property.
The Benefits of Wildflowers
Wildflowers are extremely easy to grow. They create easy, low-maintenance color in almost any sunny spot, needing little water once established.
Wildflowers help our pollinators. Native and non-native wildflowers are integral to pollinators' survival. Planting a wildflower meadow gives bees, butterflies and hummingbirds a nectar buffet to feed on all season long.
Wildflowers are good for the environment. Instead of spending your time and resources on mowing a huge lawn, replace half of it with easy-to-grow wildflowers that only require mowing once per season.
Wildflowers provide spectacular color. There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than a wildflower garden or meadow bursting in bloom, and we carry over 240 individual species and 50 mixtures for any garden, big or small.
Wildflowers are fun. Whether you’re a new gardener or a seasoned pro, growing, caring for and cutting wildflowers for summer bouquets is a lot of fun.
Our new Wet Area Wildflower Seed Mix is the perfect mix of colorful wildflowers and textural grasses for wet soil. A dozen perennial wildflowers, including favorites such as Aster, Milkweed, Liatris, Helenium, Joe Pye Weed, and more will provide flowers all season long to attract butterflies and other pollinators. These wildflowers are complemented by a range of perennial grasses that provide lush green foliage and interesting textures from small flowers and seed heads. While most wildflowers do best with well-draining soil, our Wet Area Mix is specially formulated to succeed in meadows or gardens near water features and streams. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
‘Under The Sea’ Zinnia Mix includes three colors that will remind you of the tropics! Nectar-rich berry purple, white sand, and coral pink flowers blooms all summer. Long-blooming flowers have rich colors and will attract butterflies and pollinators. Plant these easy-to-grow and deer resistant seeds in full sun – make sure to plant enough for cut flower bouquets! Annual. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
‘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.
‘Fruity Beauty’ Zinnia Mix includes three candy-colored Zinnia varieties. Saturated coral, yellow, and orange flowers provide instant cheer with ruffled blooms all summer! Long-blooming annual flowers are nectar rich,and will attract plenty of pollinators. Zinnias are easy to grow, deer resistant, and will make beautiful, bright cut flowers. Annual. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
Whether it’s enjoying the native wildflowers blooming along your roadways, or anxiously anticipating sowing your own wildflowers, there are a variety of ways to celebrate National Wildflower Week this year:
Plan and research your wildflower planting. Use our website, or any other, to help decide which varieties grow and are native to your area.
Take a walk and photograph the wildflowers around you. Even if all you have is your camera phone, get outside and hunt down some wildflowers blooming in your area. Snap a few photos and tag them with #AmericanMeadows on Instagram to be featured.
Visit a botanical garden. Find a local botanical garden or wildflower center to explore the grounds and learn more about wildflowers.
Plant a wildflower meadow! Create a little wildflower oasis in your garden or meadow this year. Plant shorter annual wildflowers in a small space or container garden.