The next part is waiting and watching the meadow grow! In the early summer, seedlings were tall and well-established, but the blooms were not ready yet!
Helpful Tip! Wildflowers have different lifecycles – Annuals, such as Zinnias, Sunflowers, and Cosmos will bloom in the first season, and they only have a one-year lifecycle, meaning they will die at the end of the growing season; they grow from new seeds each year. Perennials, such as Echinacea, Daisies, and Milkweed, are plants that establish root systems that survive over the winter; the plants typically die back at the end of the growing season, and will re-grow from the same root system the next year. When grown from seed, perennials typically take about 2 years to mature before they start flowering.
Erin planted a variety of wildflowers including our Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix, Black Eyed Susans, and annual Zinnias and Cosmos. The mix includes both annuals and perennials - so there would be color in the first season, and perennials to return and bloom in years to come. Mixing annuals into the mix gives the meadow even more color in the first year of growth.