Native wildflowers

Asked April 7, 2020, 9:00 PM EDT

Hello, my wife and I live in Baltimore and we would like to sow native wildflower seeds in our front yard. We would like a variety for spring, summer, and fall. Do you have any recommendations? Also, what is the best way to get started? Any specific things we can do to prepare soil, best way to sow the seeds, etc? Thank you so much, this is a great resource and is appreciated!

Baltimore Maryland

3 Responses

You can typically find wildflowers seed mixes in a garden center or hardware store near the turfgrass seeds, or you can purchase seeds online. These seed mixes are typically composed of ornamental garden flowers, not native wildflowers. These flowers usually last only one season, sometimes two, and then they have to be replanted. If you are looking to establish a native wildflower meadow, take a look on our webpage. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/how-make-meadow
Native plugs are recommended.
Here is a list of meadow plants that are native to and adapted to your area (Maryland Piedmont). https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/uploaded/Recommended_Meadow_Species_...

Native meadows typically consist mostly of perennial grasses, but if you are looking for some nice flowering native plants that would work well in a small sunny location, consider any of the following:

Asters (Symphyotrichum sp.)
Goldenrods (Solidago sp.)
Mountain mint (Pychanthemum sp.)
Black-eyed Susans (Ruckbeckia hirta)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
The top three on this list are especially great for pollinators and beneficial insects.

You can also consider other lawn alternatives such as garden beds or borders of native plants, ornamental grasses, pollinator gardens, etc. See more on our web page https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives

Marian


Thanks very much for this info! This is helpful. Be well.