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William and Ellen Grickis replaced their massive lawn around their 18th century farmhouse with a meadow of annual Wildflowers.
When William and Ellen Grickis renovated an 18th-century barn into a rustic farmhouse in Rhode Island, they knew they wanted the entire property — inside and out — to feel special. After working with Mike “the Seed Man” here at American Meadows, they eventually ripped out 8,000 square ft. of their lawn and replaced it with a colorful wildflower meadow. The result is a picturesque scene right out of a storybook; a sea of annual wildflowers encompasses their charming farmhouse and each season they add more and more of the annual varieties that have stolen their hearts.
The property prior to the wildflower transformation.
The property after. The meadow features a variety of long-blooming annuals like Cosmos, Zinnias, and Sunflowers.
There are several reasons why the Grickis’ — and many other homeowners — decide to replace their lawn with wildflowers. Some of the most popular are:
The meadow not only looks fantastic, but it's also much less maintenance than a grass lawn.
Mike worked with the Grickis’ to come up with a special wildflower blend that fit their taste and love of flowers. Throughout the years they’ve switched up the varieties here and there but some of their favorites are colorful and long-blooming wildflowers like Zinnias, Cosmos, Sunflowers, Bachelor Buttons, and Coreopsis. These are some of the biggest colormakers in any meadow and although many of the annuals do need to be re-seeded each year, it’s totally worth it.
Long-blooming varieties like Zinnias and Cosmos provide fantastic color and attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your yard.
If you’re looking for a more “one and done” type of wildflower meadow to replace your lawn, our Regional Mixtures are a great option. We have a Native Regional Mixture, a Pollinator Regional Mixture, and a classic Regional Mixture to choose from for each part of the country, all which bloom from spring until fall year after year. They don’t need to be re-seeded each season, except to sprinkle in seed where you notice bare spots. Many of our customers have had great success with planting our regional mixtures in parts of their lawn and love the rainbow of flowers that come up and bloom year after year.
Because the Grickis’ property is in Rhode Island, Mike has been able to stop by in person and take in the beauty of their meadow first hand. He was so inspired by their flower choices he’s decided to create a mixture (coming soon!) based off their meadow for anyone who’s looking to replace their lawn with wildflowers this year.
The meadow has become the real focal point of the home in Rhode Island.
So if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should replace some (or all!) of your lawn with wildflowers, we recommend you take the leap. If you’re not sure whether it’s something you want to keep permanently, plant an annual mixture of wildflowers in the first season. These flowers grow more shallow roots and can easily be tilled under and re-seeded in the next year.
But we think once you’re sitting in your kitchen drinking coffee and looking outside to a meadow bursting with flowers, bees, and butterflies, you’ll never go back to that boring, green lawn. And just like the Grickis’, your wildflower meadow will become the focal point of your property.
See more of the Grickis’ home in Architectural Digest.
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