by johnah on November 15, 2020
Wildflower Seeds For Gardeners Who Are New To Gardening And Do Not Know How To Choose Which Plants Will Work Best For Them
The following are some tips which will help you choose the best plants for your garden. These tips are based on our experience with growing gardens and working with many different types of plants. You may have to adjust these suggestions according to your own circumstances and preferences.
Plant Wildflowers Early In Spring (Zone 5)
If you want to grow flowers in zone 5, start planting them early in spring. If you live in a colder climate where it snows heavily during the winter months, then it is better not to plant any flowers at all until after the snow melts. Also remember that if you do plant them too soon they may die from freezing temperatures or even sunburn.
When choosing wildflowers for your garden, look for ones that bloom in the springtime. They usually flower in March and April. Most of the time they will only bloom once a year but sometimes they can last several years!
Some examples include:
Bluebells – blossom every other month; blooms from late February through mid-April. Bluebells are very easy to grow and make lovely additions to almost any garden.
Anemones – blossom in late April and early May. Anemones have a lovely fragrance to them but can sometimes become a little invasive in the garden.
Wild Columbine – blossom from mid-April to the beginning of May. They are very easy to grow and they can grow very quickly (sometimes overnight!) if given the right conditions.
Sample List Of Some Native Wildflowers To Plant In Your Zone 5 Garden
The following is a list of some native wildflowers that you can plant in your garden. These plants are very easy to grow and will thrive in almost any soil conditions. This list is by no means complete; there are many more types of flowers than this list mentions.
Cat-O-The-Mountains (Or Mountain Lilac)
Common Fleabane (Savin)
Dwarf Indian Pink (Cranesbill)
Eastern Pasque Flower
Fire Pink (Low)
Fire Pink (High)
Flame Azalea (low)
Heart-Leaf Plantain (Rose)
Heart-Leaf Plantain (White)
Indian Paintbrush (Common)
Large Whorled Pogonia (Waxy Pink)
Lizard’s Tail (Coast)
Lizard’s Tail (Dwarf)
New England Asters
Northern Bedstraw (Purple)
Pipsissewa (Common) (Low)
Pipsissewa (Common) (High)
Prairie Blazing Star
Prairie Corn Mint
Prairie Gentian (Spotted)
Purple Coneflower (Bushy)
Purple Coneflower (Erect)
Rock Stonecrop (Common)
Rue Anemone (Thin-Leaf)
Rue Anemone (White-Rayed)
Sand Pink (Low)
Sand Pink (High)
Sawtooth Loosestrife (Purple)
Sawtooth Loosestrife (Red)
Small Flowered Germander
Small Flowered Yellow Loosestrife
Small Prairie Clovers
Small Spurred Violet (Northern)
Small Spurred Violet (Southern)
Sources & references used in this article:
The New England Wild Flower Society guide to growing and propagating wildflowers of the United States and Canada by W Cullina – 2000 – books.google.com
Roadside wildflower meadows: summary of benefits and guidelines to successful establishment and management by AO Epple – 1997 – Globe Pequot
Native trees, shrubs, & vines: a guide to using, growing, and propagating North American woody plants by J Ahern, CA Niedner, A Barker – Transportation research record, 1992 – onlinepubs.trb.org