How to Choose: Simplicity vs. Variety
The Grickis Family has a summer cottage in Rhode Island where they’ve replaced their front yard with wildflowers. See more about the Grickis’ lawn transformation.
Hope to find out which wildflower seed mix is right for you? We've outlined our recommendations below! Compare these four seed mixes:
- All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity
- All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety
- Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Simplicity
- Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Variety
About Our 'All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mixes'
The History of Our All Annual Mix: Wildflower gardeners have always wanted a quick, easy way to create a big burst of color in their gardens or meadows with as little effort and cost as possible. We created our original famous All Annual Mixture decades ago to give these gardeners just what they were looking for. As a result, thousands of gardens, meadows, and lawns across the country have been ignited in annual wildflower colors, and have become an oasis for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Our original "All Annual Mix," which features 23 easy-to-grow annual varieties, is now called the "Variety" mix.
Recently, we’ve had requests for the same type of easy color, in a more pared down version. We created new "Simplicity" seed mixtures with a beautiful blend of colors, but with fewer varieties.
Wildflowers at the home of our customer, Deb W., in Massachusetts
All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity
Customer Inspiration: An experienced wildflower gardener, Diane W. in Massachusetts, has been planting wildflowers in the front of her home for years as well. Just like the Grickises, she too decided in recent years that she wanted her meadow to have more simplicity. She asked for a custom blend of 8-10 varieties that blooms all season long, with just one or two varieties blooming at a time.
As we created custom mixes for Diane and the Grickises (photo at the top of the page), we realized that this might also be something all of our customers would like to incorporate into their landscape. Thus, our Simplicity mix was born! These wildflowers can be planted in garden beds, to replace part of your back lawn, and really any sunny spot. See Our All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicity
All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety
Choose the Variety Mix if you want BIG impact in the garden from spring all the way through frost. You’ll have a rainbow of blooms all season long, with 5-6 varieties blooming at once. This mixture offers up photo-worthy moments and attracts a parade of pollinators to the garden, while also providing armfuls of cut flowers. Favorites in this mixture include Cosmos, Zinnia, Poppies, Sunflowers, and more. See Our All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety
All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Simplicty was formulated after hearing feedback from our customers.
Our All Annual Big Color Wildflower Seed Mix - Variety offers up a rainbow of blooms with something new opening up every few weeks.
About Our 'Wildflower Lawn Seed Mixes'
Many gardeners are looking to replace traditional grass lawns with easy, colorful wildflowers. More and more gardeners are realizing that traditional grass lawns are not their favorite use of resources and time - and they also lack food and shelter for pollinators and beneficial bugs. Replace some - or all - of your lawn lawn with pollinator-friendly wildflowers, to cut down on watering and mowing, and you'll also provide much needed food and shelter for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
The problem many gardeners were running into when trying to replace their front lawns with wildflowers were certain regulations from their HOA (home-owners associations) and other groups. So when formulating our new wildflower lawn mixtures, we decided to provide two HOQ-approved options with wildflowers that grow under 24" in height: Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Simplicity and Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Variety.
Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Simplicity
Our Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Simplicity is for gardeners who face lawn regulations or are simply looking for a more toned-down wildflower blend for the front of their home. This mixture contains 9 shorter annuals that bloom quickly and last through frost, with just one or two varieties blooming at one time. This mix creates a tidy, manicured look that is low to the ground and should be HOA-approved, while also providing color and habitat for pollinators.
Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Variety
Our Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Variety is for gardeners who may live in a more rural area or don’t have any guidelines on what you can plant in your front yards. This low maintenance mixture contains 20 different shorter annuals that will create big swaths of color from spring all the way through frost. Plant this mixture for variety and something different blooming every few weeks. This mixture will create a big statement in the front of any home and will sure to become the talk of your friends and neighbors, while also attracting wildlife to your landscape.
Both of these colorful mixtures contain only annuals, which means although some varieties may self-seed, you’ll want to plant every year for the full effect. If you’re looking for a more “one and done” type planting, try one of our Wildflower Lawn Seed Mixes that includes perennial varieties, or Try a Regional Wildflower Seed Mix.
Our Wildflower Lawn Seed Mix - Simplicity is great for gardeners with HOA regulations.