Extend Your Spring-Blooming Garden With Wildflowers

Daffodils, tulips, and wildflowers growing in a exmployees garden.

Erin planted Zinnia and Black Eyed Susan on top of her spring-blooming bulb bed for color all season long.

The spectacular blooms of Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus and more add much-needed color to the spring garden. However, if you don’t have something ready to take over after those flowers fade, your flower bed could look a little underwhelming come late spring. An easy solution to this problem is to plant wildflowers in the same bed as your spring-blooming bulbs! Once your spring bulbs are done blooming, the wildflowers take over with bold color from late spring all the way into fall.

How to Plant Wildflowers With Spring Bulbs

Wildflower seeds to be planted

Try to remove as much existing growth around your bulbs before spreading your seed. Wildflowers prefer to be planted on bare soil.

This companion planting couldn’t be any easier. Wildflowers are extremely easy to grow in any sunny spot that gets at least six hours of full sun per day. In late spring, once there is no more chance of frost in your area and your bulbs are starting to fade, sprinkle a mixture of annual wildflowers in your bulb bed. Annuals will come up and bloom in the first year, ensuring you’ll have color this season. We also recommend adding in perennial varieties so you don’t have to plant every year. Our regional mixtures are a perfect mix of annuals and perennials.

Learn how to plant wildflowers from our wildflower expert "The Seed Man".

 

Pink Tulips in bloom

As the Tulips fade in Erin's garden, perennial Lupine is getting ready to bloom.

Erin, one of our employees, did this companion planting last spring once her Tulips and Daffodils faded in her yard. She planted Perennial Lupine, Shasta Daisies, Echinacea, Black Eyed Susan and Zinnia mix. Last year she enjoyed a fabulous display of annual Black Eyed Susan and Zinnias, and this year the perennial Lupine, Daisy, and Echinacea are all starting to come up.

 

Zinnia and Black Eyed Susans in bloom

Zinnia and Black Eyed Susan are a great first-year combination for your bulb bed, blooming from early summer all the way through fall.

If you don’t want to try a mixture, select your own varieties like Erin did! You could plant your favorite varieties, plant all in one color, or design your own mix if you’d like. The possibilities with wildflowers are endless! Your bulb & wildflower bed is sure to become the focal point of your garden all season long.

Wildflower Seeds

  1. Wet Meadow Wildflower Seed Mix

    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, M...

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    Wet Meadow Wildflower Seed Mix Wet Meadow Wildflower Seed Mix
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    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.
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  2. Under The Sea Zinnia Seed Mix

    ‘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-bloomin...

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    Under The Sea Zinnia Seed Mix Under The Sea Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Under The Sea Mix
    As low as $10.95
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    ‘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.
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  3. 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
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    ‘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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  4. Fruity Beauty Zinnia Seed Mix

    ‘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-b...

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    Fruity Beauty Zinnia Seed Mix Fruity Beauty Zinnia Mix Zinnia elegans Fruity Beauty Mix
    As low as $10.95
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    ‘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.
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