Who doesn't enjoy a slow evening scenic drive along the countryside, taking long refreshing breaths of fresh air while viewing all the forests, fields, and wildflowers? And what a better way to begin a lazy Sunday morning than sitting on your patio or backyard with a fresh cup of coffee, watching all the life in your flower garden that you've put so much love into?
Not only do wildflowers provide us with viewing pleasure, Wildflowers offer lots of things that pollinators need: food in the form of leaves, nectar, and pollen, also safety and places to reproduce. In return, insects pollinate the wildflowers, enabling them to develop fruits and seeds. Wildflowers/Flowers are often time planted alongside Vegetables, Fruit Trees, and Herbs as a companion to help attract buzzing little friends that will also pollinate your food garden! These pollinators are also vital to a significant number of vegetation on the Earth, making them even more critical beyond your backyard on a much larger scale!
We recommend and love the idea of growing wildflowers/flowering plants right along with your Culinary Gardens, and attracting more pollinators for a healthy garden production, so we've just released a 16-Variety Wildflower Seed Kit! It's perfect for planting with your veggies and herbs! Diversity is essential. You'll want to attract an extensive array of pollinators and have a widespread bloom season!
Below is a short description of each wildflower and potential pollinators that it will attract!
White Yarrow: Is a graceful, perennial flower that produces flat clusters of dainty, creamy-white flowers. They make lovely cut flowers if you want to bring some life indoors. Bees and Butterflies love them!
Columbine: This perennial comes in an array of colors. Its fragile, intricate nodding and/or upright blooms end in spurs. It almost looks like a firework display! Its tube-like flowers attract Hummingbirds, as well as Bees and Butterflies!
New England Aster: These later-in-the-season perennial flowers produce deep violet to lavender-pink blooms. They attract Bees and Butterflies and are an essential fall nectar source to Monarch Butterflies!
Siberian Wallflower: Produces fragrant clove-scented, dazzling bright orange clusters that will turn heads! These flowers attract both Bees and Butterflies.
Shasta Daisy: This is a classic perennial, showcasing snowy white petals that encompass a yellow center of densely packed disk florets. They make excellent cut flowers and attract Butterflies!
Lance-leaved Coreopsis: This is an easy-growing perennial with bright-yellow lobed petals with a golden center. Bees, Birds, and Butterflies are pretty fond of it. It is a common component of pollinator gardens and native wildflower mixes.
Sweet William: Grow either as a short-lived perennial or biennial, loved for its densely packed blooms, which can single or double. They come in various colors ranging from white to deep red and often have contrasting bi-color combinations! It's to no surprise they are pleasing to Humans and Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and Bees!
Purple Coneflower: You may also know this flower as Echinacea for its mild natural antibiotic properties! These perennial blooms grow individually atop the stems sporting domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping lavender petals. Not only are they beneficial to us, but they also provide nectar for Hummingbirds and Butterflies!
Blanketflower: Bears spectacularly brilliant blossoms in varying shades of yellow-tipped, daisy-faced flowers on slender stems with fuzzy leaves. The fresh blooms attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies. While they make excellent cut flowers, other birds will appreciate it if you leave the spent flower heads for them to snack on the seeds!
Gayfeather: Is beloved for its fluffy, lavender flower spikes, which flower in sequence from top to bottom over several weeks. Another fabulous cut flower and is an excellent vertical accent in flower arrangements. Attracts Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds.
Blue Flax: Grows batches of dainty sky-blue flowers that hang weightlessly from arched branches, forming open clusters. It is a food source for Bees and Butterflies.
Lupine: Puts on a show of elongated, pea-like clusters of blooms that come in various colors, from purplish-blue and occasionally white or palish pink. They are a nectar source for Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and Bees.
Dwarf Evening Primrose: This is a solitary, sprawling flower that produces mildly fragrant, dainty yellow flowers. The blooms only open for one day, ordinarily early evening, and remain open until the following morning. Hummingbirds and beneficial insects such as Butterflies, Ladybugs, and Bees are attracted to its flowers.
Mexican Hat: A perennial flower whose lower part is branched and leafy, with long leafless stalks bearing Sombrero-shaped flower heads of multiple yellow to red-brown, drooping petals surrounding a long, red-brown center. Attractive to Butterflies and Bees, and the spent flowers will be appreciated by grain-loving birds!
Prairie Coneflower: This flower is easy to identify due to the elongated brown center and drooping yellow flower petals. Butterflies and Bees enjoy their nectar, while birds will feast on the spent flowerheads.
Black-eyed Susan: Another flower garden classic, producing Yellow-gold daisies with a raised black center that grows on long stems. It is considered both a perennial and biennial. Butterflies and Bees will enjoy its nectar, while birds enjoy the ripe seeds.
That's a delightful, wide-ranging bunch of blooms you'll have in your garden or porch! And if those 16 aren't enough diversity for you, our Herbal Tea Seed Set and Culinary Herbs Seed Set is the perfect addition to our new WildFlower Garden Seed Set. A good majority of these herbs also attract pollinators, and you can use them yourself!
Whether it be big or small, we hope your garden is blooming and buzzing with SO much life soon!!
Have questions or need help? Shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! You can download the WildFlower Advanced Planting Guide here.