Wildflower Seed Mixes
Flower Seed Species
Perennial Plants
Pre-Planned Gardens
Spring Planted Bulbs
Fall Planted Bulbs
Grass Seed
Event & Promo Packets
SEE ALL PRE-PLANNED GARDENS 
REMOVE THE GARDEN GUESSWORK

Pre-Planned gardens are perfect for those of us who need a bit of help creating flower groupings that complement one another's height, color, texture, and bloom time throughout the entire season.


NUMEROUS LAYOUT OPTIONS Pre-Planned Garden Layouts
Installing a Pre-Planned GardenInstalling a Pre-Planned Garden. Why Pre-Planned Gardens?Why Pre-Planned Gardens? How Our Plants are ShippedHow Our Plants are Shipped.


WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY


“I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out.
My neighbor comments on it every time she walks by.”


Jan in Longmont, Colorado
SHOP EVENT & PROMO PACKETS 
PROMO & EVENT PACKETS 


Event Icon

Whether you’re hosting an event or looking for a unique business mailing, seed packets are an affordable and creative choice. The easy-to-grow, eco-friendly seeds inside will keep your event or business front of mind all season long.


5 REASONS TO BUY SEED PACKETS FOR YOUR PROMOTION OR EVENT 1) FREE ground shipping! 2) Promotional and event seed packet orders ship within 48 hours. 3) Non-GMO seeds and recycled paper 4) Mix and match discounts 5) Express shipping, just call (877) 309-7333


FULLY CUSTOMIZED SEED PACKETS 

Put your totally custom designs on seed packets.

Show meShowing plants & seeds that grow in my area:

Invalid Zip Code
ALASKA HAWAII MIDWEST NORTHEAST PACIFIC NORTHWEST SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST WEST Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9 Zone 10
What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Wildflower Design: Favorite Easy-to-Grow Combinations

wildflower design - zinnia and cosmos

Zinnias and Cosmos is one of the easiest and most prolific annual combinations for endless blooms from summer through fall. Bonus: this combination makes an instant cutting garden!

One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow and maintain, but designing a thoughtful wildflower garden can take time, research, and knowledge of when each variety blooms. To make your wildflower planting that much easier, we’ve put together some of our favorite easy-to-grow wildflower combinations and will talk about specific growing conditions for each.

Wildflower Design: Zinnias & Cosmos

Zinnias and Cosmos are one of the best combinations for long-lasting blooms in the first season, making. Both of these blooming powerhouses put out endless flowers from summer all the way through frost and the more you cut them for bouquets, the more they’ll bloom. Both Zinnias and Cosmos attract a variety of bees, butterflies, and other beneficial bugs to the garden. This effortless combination can be seeded in a new garden bed for an easy, colorful solution, planted in large containers in a small space garden, or sown in a meadow for a huge burst of summer/fall color. If you’re looking for the biggest color in the first year, you can’t go wrong with Zinnias and Cosmos.

wildflower design - zinnia and cosmos

Plant Zinnias and Cosmos for quick, long-lasting color in the first season and to attract a variety of bees, butterflies, and other beneficial bugs to your garden.

Zinnia and Cosmos Stats:

  • Type: Annual. Will bloom in first year but not successive years (unless they self seed).
  • Height: Zinnias grow to be around 36” tall (depending on the variety) and Cosmos grow to be around 72” tall (depending on the variety).
  • Sun/Soil Preference: This combination prefers as much sun as possible (at least 8 hrs per day) and grows in average to well draining soil.
  • Advantages: Attracts pollinators, fantastic cut flowers, easy to grow, great for containers.
wildflower design - cosmos and sunflowers

The soft pink and white blooms of Cosmos offset the cheerful yellow Sunflower blooms perfectly. Plant this tall combination in border beds, along fences, or anywhere else on your property you're trying to create easy privacy or screening.

Wildflower Design: Cosmos & Sunflowers

wildflower design - cosmos and sunflowers

Nothing says “summer garden” quite like a garden full of Sunflowers opening up. And one of the best companions for Sunflowers are Cosmos! The soft pink blooms offset the cheerful yellow Sunflowers perfectly and with both varieties growing quite tall, this combination is great for back border gardens, planting along fences, creating privacy, and more. Sunflowers and Cosmos will bloom from summer all the way through fall and attract a variety of bees, butterflies, and birds along the way.

Cosmos and Sunflower Stats:

  • Type: Annual. Will bloom in first year but not successive years (unless they self seed).
  • Height: Wild Sunflowers grow to be around 72” and Cosmos grow to be around 72” tall (depending on the variety).
  • Sun/Soil Preference: This combination prefers as much sun as possible (at least 8 hrs per day) and grows in average to well draining soil.
  • Advantages: Attracts pollinators, fantastic cut flowers, easy to grow, great for fence plantings or privacy plantings.
wildflower design - daisies and lupine

Daisies and Lupine provide classic color to the early summer garden and come back year after year, requiring little maintenance to grow and thrive.

Wildflower Design: Daisies & Lupine

wildflower design - daisies and lupine

This classic long-lasting combination creates an instant cottage garden look in garden beds, meadows, along paths, and other sunny spots in the landscape. Both Lupine and Daisies are extremely easy to grow, deer resistant, require little supplemental water, and spread year after year. This early-summer combination starts the summer garden off right with purple and white flowers that look fantastic both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets.

Daisy and Lupine Stats:

  • Type: Perennial. Starts blooming in the second season and will bloom every year after.
  • Height: Daisies grow to be around 48” tall and Lupine grows to be around 36” tall.
  • Sun/Soil Preference: This combination prefers as much sun as possible (at least 8 hrs per day) and grows in dry, average to well draining soil.
  • Advantages: Attracts pollinators, fantastic cut flowers, easy to grow, deer resistant.
wildflower design - red poppy and coreopsis

Red Poppies are a garden icon and when paired with Yellow Coreopsis make for a vibrant, energetic look in the garden.

Wildflower Design: Red Poppy & Coreopsis

You can’t go wrong with the fiery combination of Red Poppies and Coreopsis in the early summer garden. This pair creates an instant warm feeling in the landscape and is an unstoppable combination: drought tolerant, deer resistant, and extremely easy to grow. We recommend planting this energetic combination around your patio or other entertaining areas!

Red Poppy & Coreopsis Stats:

  • Type: Annual. Will bloom in first year but not successive years (unless they self seed).
  • Height: Coreopsis grows to be around 36” and Red Poppies grow to be around 30”.
  • Sun/Soil Preference: This combination prefers as much sun as possible (at least 8 hrs per day) and grows in moist soil types (clay, dry, well-draining, moist/wet).
  • Advantages: Easy to grow, drought resistant, deer resistant.
wildflower design - black eyed susan and echinacea

Black Eyed Susan and Echinacea grow effortlessly in almost any sunny spot and will attract a variety of pollinators to your garden year after year.

Wildflower Design: Black Eyed Susan & Echinacea

An easily-recognizable native favorite in gardens from coast to coast, Black Eyed Susan and Echinacea can be planted from seed with ease. Growing this colorful combination is not only easier than trying to plug in plants, but also more cost-effective as a ¼ lb of each variety can seed a very large garden bed. Black Eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower attracts a parade of pollinators to the summer garden and blooms for weeks and weeks, coming back year after year.

Black Eyed Susan & Echinacea Stats:

  • Type: Perennial. Starts blooming in the second season and will bloom every year after.
  • Height: Black Eyed Susan grows to be around 36” and Purple Coneflower grow to be around 30”.
  • Sun/Soil Preference: This combination prefers as much sun as possible (at least 8 hrs per day) and grows in dry, average, to well draining soil.
  • Advantages: Easy to grow, native, attracts pollinators.

Wildflower Design: Where to Begin?wildflower design - black eyed susan and echinacea

Now that you have these easy Wildflower design combinations, it’s time to start thinking about your landscape and what matters most to you. Are you looking for a “one and done” type of planting? If so, a combination like Black Eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower may be your best choice. Are you looking for a quick solution for a new garden bed you know you won’t be able to add perennials to this year? Cosmos and Zinnias are an awesome choice for this type of planting and you may love them so much, you’ll keep planting them year after year!

No matter what your garden size, there’s always room to grow wildflowers from seed and with these effortless combinations, you simply need to choose what reflects your style the best -- no further design needed!

Browse Wildflower Seed Collections

  • Giant Swallowtail Nectar Seed Collection

    $19.95

    Sale: $16.96

    Per Packet

  • Painted Lady Nectar Seed Collection

    $19.95

    Sale: $16.96

    Per Packet

  • Monarch Nectar Seed Collection

    $19.95

    Sale: $16.96

    Per Collection

  • Feed the Bees Seed Collection

    $16.95

    Sale: $14.41

    Per 5 Packets

  • Awesome Aster Seed Collection

    Starting at $16.95

    Per 5 Packets


2 thoughts on “Wildflower Design: Favorite Easy-to-Grow Combinations”

Leave a Reply
You are using an out-of-date browser.

You will still be able to shop AmericanMeadows.com, but some functionality may not work unless you update to a modern browser. Update My Browser

×

Please wait...

Item added to your cart

has been added to your cart.

Continue shopping or View cart & checkout