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Planting wildflowers in the fall is great for us, our gardens and pollinators, and because of that we’ve created our own special wildflower mix specifically formulated for fall planting.
Each year our Fall Max Mix has A LOT of varieties (this year 49) that offer up easy, almost maintenance-free blooms from early spring all the way into fall. This means big color for you – the gardener – and an important source of food for pollinators during the extreme early and late ends of the season, when regular food supplies are scarce.
"... I am absolutely blown away. This mix gives, gives, gives, all summer long and now into fall. And the varieties! I had to look half of them up. I've never seen a nicer wildflower garden, throughout the season, than from this mix. Every day (OK, sometimes more than once a day), I've said to myself, "I've got to tell American Meadows how happy and amazed I am" so here it is. If the mix doesn't work for you (as it didn't for me all those years), it's not the mix! It's your conditions (soil, sun, etc.)."
- cmiddings, Pennsylvania
This mixture thrives throughout the country, in the colder regions (like us in Vermont) all the way to warmer zones such as Florida.
In an area where the ground freezes, wait until there have been a few hard frosts and the seed won’t get the chance to germinate until early spring. Follow our step-by-step instructions for planting.
In an area where the ground doesn’t freeze, we recommend waiting until the beginning of the “rainy season” to do your fall seeding. This provides optimal sowing conditions for the wildflowers to begin germinating. Depending on your area, spring seeding can be challenging with extreme heat and drought. Follow our step-by-step instructions for planting.
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"I have used various wild flower mixes from American Meadows on a hill behind my house. I am constantly amazed and delighted by the various blooms that result. Last year we had a drought in my area and while others watched their gardens burn up my wildflowers just kept right on going strong."
- PK Pippin, Illinois
Big Blooms, Big Color. If you’re obsessed with wildflowers like we are and love a wide variety of color and blooms, this is the best mixture for you. It’s a wonderful surprise heading into the garden or meadow in the spring and summer, not knowing what’s going to be in bloom and having an overflow of blooms to cut and enjoy inside.
Low Maintenance. We can’t stress how easy Fall Max Mix is to plant. Because you’re doing a dormant planting, when the ground warms in the early spring and April brings an abundance of showers to most areas, the seeds will start popping up and require almost no care if you have regular rain. We recommend keeping a little extra seed to fill in bare spots in the early spring once everything starts to sprout.
A Pollinator Party. The wide variety of wildflowers (many being native) provide a nectar buffet for a great range of pollinators in your area. Fall planting means annual varieties, especially Poppies, Chinese Forget-Me-Nots, and Marigolds will bloom early, giving you fantastic early-season color and the pollinators a much-needed source of food.
"I needed a fast, reliable fill in for a large bare spot. I thought something to fill up space before I put perennial bed with in. So the story is I HAVE NOT PUT ONE PERENNIAL IN. It filled in so nicely and was gorgeous! Butterflies galore and Hummingbirds too. I am so happy with this mix that I am going to get another bed ready so I can do another. If you stuck with me to the end of this slight ramble-bottom line is this mix will not disappoint!"
- Dawnoeal, Minnesota
If this is your first season planting wildflowers, or you’re a seasoned gardener who wants a rainbow of blooms next season, Fall Max Mix is a fantastic choice.