Wildflowers seem to be the favorite when they are successful and well, not so much a favorite when they aren't. If you are new to wildflower planting, the best way is to start with species that are easy to establish and manage and work your way to the more difficult ones. Lanceleaf coreopsis, Indian blanket, Blackeyed Susan, Partridge Pea, and the Wildflower Mix are good places to start. Next would be some of the forbs and legumes like Plains Coreopsis, Illinois Bundleflower, Purple Prairieclover, and Maximillian Sunflower. When you are really getting to feel the hang of it move up to White Prairie Clover, Purple Coneflower, Roundhead Lespedeza, and when you become the master, try the Leadplant. Although this is a relatively narrow selection that we have listed in our store, these are some of the more common ones that are successful. Roundhead Lespedeza, Maximillian Sunflower, Leadplant, and Purple Prairie Clover, are a few of the species that we specifically grow for the specialty markets. If there is a particularly species or blend you don't see, don't hesitate to click on the "Contact" link on the top of page. Just describe what you are looking for and we will do our best to fulfil your request.
Some common rules to remember when choosing your wildflowers:
- The price is generally directly proportional to the difficulty level to grow. For example Lanceleaf Coreopsis vs. Leadplant.
- If the wildflowers will be planted in a prairie setting with grasses, it is best to establish the grasses for a couple years and then plant your wildflowers. This give you the opportunity to control the broadleaf weeds prior to introducing the wildflowers. Broadleaf weeds are the primary reason for stand failures with wildflowers.
- Read carefully the planting season and planting requirements prior to purchasing to maximize your success.
- Choose species that are adapted to your geographical location and management skill.