The Ultimate Growing Wildflowers Guide

The Ultimate Growing Wildflowers Guide

Growing wildflowers can be so rewarding and fun for any home gardener. Along with attracting pollinator friends, wildflowers add gorgeous color to your outdoor space and benefit the environment in so many other ways.

If you’re intimidated by the idea of growing wildflowers from seed, our guide will help. We’ll walk you through every step of the process, from finding the right types of flowers for your garden to planting and caring for your flowers.

Types of Wildflowers

The U.S. is home to around 150 species of wildflowers, and many of them can be grown in most USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. Some varieties of wildflowers have really specific growing conditions, while others are more commonly found in backyard flower beds.

Coneflowers, zinnias, marigolds and black-eyed Susans are just a few of the types of wildflowers that you can plant in your home garden.

The Easiest Wildflowers to Grow

Native wildflowers are the easiest to grow because they’re found naturally in your area. They thrive in whatever soil and environmental conditions are common in your region, which means these varieties of plants are low maintenance. Just keep them watered and feed the soil when – or if – needed.

But what if you want to plant non-native species of wildflowers? Planting flowers that are easy to grow and care for will be your best chance of success.

Some of the easiest wildflowers to grow include ox-eye daisies, morning glories, blue flax and more.

Now that you know what types of wildflowers are easy to grow, you can create a list of the wildflowers that you want to grow in your garden this year and move on to the next step.

Buying Wildflower Seeds

Planning your wildflower garden is the fun part. Knowing where and how to buy seeds is a little more complicated.

Sure, you can walk into just about any garden center and find packets of seeds. You can even find convenient wildflower mixes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that your flowers are going to grow.

It is crucial to buy your seeds from reputable suppliers and to do your homework to make sure you’re buying varieties of plants that will thrive in your area.

How to Plant Wildflowers

Now that you have an idea of which wildflowers are the easiest to grow and how to buy them, it’s time to start planting.

First, make sure that all of the flowers on your list are suitable for your Zone. Next, make note of the soil conditions each plant needs to grow and thrive. You’ll need to recreate these conditions in your garden bed.

Most varieties of wildflowers need little more than sun and well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter.

But getting your plants to go from seed to bloom is a little more complicated than you think. You’ll need to understand when to plant seeds, which soil temperatures are ideal and more.

How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors

What if you don’t have a backyard? What if you want to bring the beauty of wildflowers inside of your home? Here’s the great news – you can still grow wildflowers indoors.

With the right soil and setup, you can grow many varieties of wildflowers indoors.

How to Cut Wildflowers

One rewarding aspect of growing wildflowers is being able to cut them to use in bouquets. A vase of freshly cut wildflowers will add beautiful color and scent to your home. But it’s important to understand how to cut your flowers properly so that you don’t damage the plant.

And remember that you don’t have to cut your flowers. You can leave them to bloom and feed the local wildlife. But once the season is over, you may want to cut back your plants. A good pruning can help make next year’s growth even more impressive.

Knowing how to cut back wildflowers can also help keep growth under control if you have a species with a rapid spreading habit.

The Environmental Benefits of Planting Wildflowers

Why go through all of the trouble of planting wildflowers anyway? Along with adding color and beauty to your garden, wildflowers also benefit the environment.

They attract and feed pollinators and beneficial insects. They’re even a source of food for some wildlife, and they can prevent erosion.

The benefits of wildflowers are endless, making them worth every second of care that you give them each year.

The Environmental Benefits of Wildflowers

The Environmental Benefits of Wildflowers

Wildflowers are a natural way to add beautiful color and interest to your garden, but did you know that there are also environmental benefits of wildflowers?

Native wildflowers help support wild pollinators and the local insect pollination, which ultimately helps support other wildlife.

Let’s look at some of the many environmental benefits of wildflowers.

The Benefits of Planting Wildflowers

Wildflower meadows are havens for butterflies, bees, other pollinators, and beneficial insects. Along with being a food source for these creatures, wildflowers also help prevent erosion, support biodiversity and can even make excellent companion plants.

Here’s why everyone should consider planting wildflowers or doing their part to help protect them.

They Create Biodiversity

Wildflower meadows are excellent for biodiversity. A single meadow can be home to over 100 different species of wildflowers that help support wildlife.

  • Their pollen is a food source for insects.
  • Rodents eat their seeds.
  • Hummingbirds consume their nectar.
  • Reptiles eat their leaves.
  • Grouse and chickens rely on wildflowers to keep their nests hidden in the spring.

The wildflower bird’s-foot trefoil alone is a food source for 160 different species of insects. These insects, in turn, help support bird and mammal populations.

Biodiversity is beneficial to all life on earth. To maintain healthy ecosystems, we need a variety of plants, animals and insects. Planting wildflower meadows can help support this goal.

They Attract Beneficial Insects and Pollinators

One of the biggest benefits of wildflowers is that they attract pollinators and beneficial insects. They help support declining honeybee populations with their pollen.

Many varieties of wildflowers attract pollinators, including:

  • Oxeye daisy
  • Bluebell
  • Foxglove
  • Dead-nettle
  • Bird’s Foot Trefoil
  • Comfrey
  • Clovers
  • Yarrow
  • Cornflower
  • Teasels
  • Angelica

Most wildflowers will attract bees or butterflies, so feel free to choose varieties that you love. But do take some time to learn about the variety’s growing habits and whether they are native to your area. Certain types of wildflowers are considered invasive in some areas and not others.

If you have a home vegetable garden, attracting pollinators and beneficial insects will help keep your plants healthy and fruitful.

They are Great for Companion Planting

Many varieties of wildflowers are excellent companion plants. They either amend the soil by depositing nutrients or they deter pests.

Marigolds, for example, help repel beetles and benefit the growth of basil. Nasturtiums can attract predatory insects that kill aphids, which can help protect neighboring plants.

If you’re planting a vegetable garden this year, consider planting some wildflowers as companions to help attract pollinators and keep pests at bay.

They are a Food Source for Insects and Animals

Wildflowers serve as a food supply for butterflies, bees, pollinators and animals throughout the year. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, one acre of wildflower meadow can have 3 million flowers on any given day in the summer. Those flowers produce a whopping 1 kg of nectar, enough to support 96,000 honeybees daily.

Insects are critical to all life on earth because they pollinate food crops.

The insects attracted to these wildflowers also serve as important food sources for various animals.

And animals like the American Pika also depend on wildflowers for food.

They Hold Nutrients in the Soil – Which Can Help Prevent Flooding

A wildflower habitat can help prevent flooding because of its complex root systems, which help keep the soil stable and prevents erosion. Stable soil can hold onto rainwater and prevent nutrients from being washed away.

If you have a steep hill on your property, consider planting wildflowers to help prevent erosion, eliminate the need to mow these tricky areas and support local wildlife.

They Add Color and Beauty to Outdoor Spaces

Wildflowers add so much color and beauty to outdoor spaces, which can indirectly benefit the environment. Admiring wildflowers, whether in a natural meadow or your own backyard, can help make you more interested in protecting the environment and the insects and animals they support.

Final Thoughts

Wildflowers have many environmental benefits, from feeding wildlife to helping prevent erosion and flooding. Planting your own wildflower garden in your backyard is a great way to support the local ecosystem, but it’s important to make sure that you plant native wildflowers. If you’re new to gardening, look for wildflowers that are easy to grow and maintain.

How To Plant Wildflowers

How To Plant Wildflowers

Opening a pack of wildflower seeds, scattering them on your ground and hoping for your first blooms in a month or two is a thing of magic. For some, this strategy of planting wildflower seeds works. But for many others, there is quite a bit of work that goes into learning how to plant wildflowers in their:

  • Zone
  • Soil

In this guide, we’re going to cover the right way to plant wildflower seeds for success in your region and soil.

Planting Wildflower Seeds by Zone

First, you must plant the right seeds for your specific zone. We can go into great detail here, but here’s a quick introduction to planting in your zone:

  • USDA Zone 1 – 3: Sow in early spring
  • USDA Zone 4 – 6: Sow in fall
  • USDA Zone 7 – 11: Sow from September – December

If you’re in zones 7 – 11, you want to be cautious of the cold weather. If you have an unusually warm January, you may be able to sow your seeds even into January.

Note: You can view your planting zone on the USDA’s official website. Just type in your zip code and you’ll see the zones in your state. Multiple zones exist in most states, so you may be able to grow certain plants, while others that are an hour or two may not be able to.

When to Plant Wildflower Seeds?

Notes Annual Wildflower Planting

If you buy annual wildflower seed mixes, you’ll often find that planting in early spring doesn’t work. You didn’t fail or do anything wrong.

Germination will simply occur the following spring.

Often, if the mix of seeds that you purchase has a lot of annuals (many mixes have annuals and perennial seeds mixed together), you’ll have a better chance of germination in the year that you plant them.

The main issue is that you just never know what the season will hold.

If the season has any of the following characteristics, the seeds will need additional watering to grow properly:

  • Dry
  • Hot
  • Little rainfall

Notes Perennial Wildflower Planting

Perennial wildflowers are a lot of people’s go-to option for planting because they come back every year. After all, who doesn’t want their lawn or garden to be filled with beautiful colors every year?

There is good and bad news:

  • Perennials are usually more drought-tolerant, but
  • Drought protection requires the flower to be well-established

Establishment often occurs in the second and subsequent seasons.

However, you do need to care for these perennials a little more than other types of wildflowers. If your perennials are not thriving, the most common culprit is a lack of rain. Supplemental irrigation will be necessary to keep your plants looking their best, especially if you have an unusually dry spring and summer.

Planting your seeds at the right time and in the right conditions will improve your chances of having your flowers bloom.

How to Plant Wildflowers Based on Site

Once you have a firm understanding of the zone requirements that you have and what it takes to grow certain seeds that you buy, it’s time to look at your land/lawn/garden – wherever you’re planting the seeds.

Sun or Shade

Full sun locations, which are defined as having sun for six or more hours of direct sunlight per day, work best. You may find rare wildflowers that can thrive in the shade, but for the most part, the seeds that you find in 99.9% of packets will thrive in full sun conditions.

Depressions in the Land

If you have a depression in your land that you’re trying to fill, such as a hole left over from a big boulder that is removed, this can make growth difficult. While you may be able to achieve growth, it’s really on a case-by-case basis.

Filling in the depression with compost or fill dirt before planting to level out the area is best.


What is the drainage like in the desired planting area? Wildflowers need a delicate balance of micro-organisms in the soil to allow for proper growth.

How To Plant Wildflowers on a Slope

Sloping land is beautiful and has a lot of benefits for some foods and plants, but there may be an issue with your irrigation. If your land is steep, like on the side of a mountain like mine, you’ll have:

  • Irrigation issues
  • Growing complications

There’s a lot to consider with sloping land and wildflowers, including:

  • Choosing a different location
  • Grading options
  • Irrigation options

You may be able to slightly grade the area to improve irrigation and allow for beautiful blooms. But there is too much to consider for us to provide you with a concrete option for growth on your particular slope without knowing the local soil or degree of the slope.

how to plant wildflowers tips

Wildflower Seed Planting Tips

1. Follow the Recommended Seeding Rates

For the most part, you’ll want to plant 4 – 5 pounds of seed per acre. Some companies recommend a seeding rate of 6 – 8 pounds, according to Michigan DNR. Since an acre of land is 43,650 square feet, you can be relatively safe planting 60 – 70 seeds per square foot.

The seed package you purchase will likely have the maximum seeding area mentioned.

Experts recommend planting more seed than needed rather than skimping out and trying to “stretch” your seed when you have too little.

2. Avoid Planting Seeds Too Deep

If you plant your seeds too deep, you risk the seeds struggling to get oxygen and light to grow. Most seed companies recommend planting at a depth of ¼ – ½ an inch, and it’s even acceptable for some seeds to be on top of the soil.

3. Cultivate with Caution

Cultivating the seeding area can improve growth, but you may also hinder growth, too. The main issue is bringing up weed seeds in the process. If you plan on tilling the soil, be sure to keep the tilling to a depth of 2 – 3 inches at most.

Otherwise, you risk weed growth competing for the nutrients that your wildflowers require.

4. Ensure Seed to Soil Contact

Seed-to-soil contact is one of the most important steps in planting. A few tips here are:

  1. Cut the grass as low as possible before planting, then sow the seed
  2. Use plywood, cover the seeds and stand on it to ensure soil contact

You can also simply walk on the seeds if you don’t have any plywood handy.

5. Water, Water, Water

You want to water your seeds thoroughly and gently.

  • Once sowed, thoroughly water the seeds
  • For the first three weeks, gently water every 3 days (or more often if it’s unusually hot)

If the season is dry, you’ll want to continue watering during the first few months to increase the odds of growth. You can stop your watering after the plant reaches 4 – 6 inches in height.

6. Plant When Soil Temperature is 55°F or Higher

Seed germination occurs at 55°F or higher, but you can plant when it’s cooler or warmer, too. However, planting when the soil will be at this temperature for two or three weeks will reduce the risk of a random frost killing your seeds or excessive heat impacting germination.

Consider Row Covers and Shade Cloth

Wildflowers may seem like a lot of work to care for properly, but you just need to be extra cautious until germination occurs. For seasons where you have excess rain or sun, you may want to:

  • Use burlap or row covers to keep the seed in place and from washing away
  • Place shade cloth on seedlings during unusually hot and sunny periods

Removing Weeds and Grass to Improve Your Odds of Growth

Weeds and wild grass will compete with your wildflowers for resources. If you want to improve the chance of germination and growth, you’ll want to:

  • Mow the grass to the shortest level possible before planting
  • Remove any weeds that you find popping up
  • Thin wildflowers that are growing too close together

If you follow this advice, you’ll reduce the risk of your wildflowers not germinating due to a lack of nutrients.

How Long Does It Take for Wildflowers to Grow?

Planting wildflower seeds may not result in current-year growth. A general rule of thumb is that germination will take 10 – 21 days. You may not see growth during the first or even second year if planting outside in your yard rather than in a highly controlled environment, such as a planter box.

Learning how to plant wildflowers takes a lot of time and effort. You should take your time when planting and prepping the seeding area slightly. While you can scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil and may see growth, you also have a high risk of failure.

Wildflower seeds do not require much to germinate and grow, but if the location and soil aren’t proper or drainage is poor, your seeds may not take.

If you need more help with planting wildflower seeds or learning how to plant wildflowers, read through our massive Growing Wildflowers Guide.

How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors

How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors

If you don’t have a lawn or garden to plant your wildflowers, you still have options for growing them. I’m going to explain how to grow wildflowers indoors, but it’s always better to grow these flowers outdoors because they’re great for pollinators, such as bees.

And with bee colonies falling 39% in a single year, it’s so important to do everything you can for them.

However, if you don’t have the space to grow, you have two main options:

  1. Grow them in a plantar box
  2. Grow them indoors

Growing indoors is often the only option people have for their wildflowers, and there are a lot of benefits to this, too. You can control the environment indoors, and this means that you can have beautiful blooms, less concern over weather fluctuations, drought, sunburn or leaf scorch.

With that said, let’s dive into growing your wildflowers.

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How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors in 5 Easy Steps

1. Start With the Right Soil Foundation

Whether you choose to use a nursery tray, a pot or a container, you’ll need:

  • Soil / potting mix
  • To fill until the container is 3/4 filled with soil

Now, it’s important to leave the soil loose and not to compact it. Compacting the soil will impact root development and aeration.

2. Sow Your Seeds

Next, sow your seeds. Ideally, you’ll mix your seeds with a bit of compost and then spread them as evenly as possible in your tray/container. You’ll want to ensure that the seeds are at most 1/4 – 1/8 inch deep.

You don’t have to worry about birds or other animals running off with the seeds with this depth, but you do want to ensure that the flowers can break through the surface and sprout.

The wildflower packet that you buy will have directions on how to space your seeds properly.

3. Gently Push the Seeds Into the Soil

Once you have your seeds spread evenly, you’ll want to gently push them into the soil and try your best to have compost mixed in. You want to use high quality compost because it will feed your seeds the nutrients they need to have a successful bloom.

I compost at my house, and it’s something I recommend you do if you can. Composting at home allows me to:

  • Waste less food scraps
  • Reduce the amount of waste we produce at home
  • Save money on compost

If you don’t have compost, you can find some at gardening centers or even online. Some potting mix will come with the compost mixed in already.

4. Water, Water, Water

During the initial weeks of growth, you’ll want to water your seeds daily or every other day. Touch the soil to make sure that it’s moist and not too dry for proper growth. Also, feel free to use some type of liquid fertilizer if you want to encourage growth.

However, it’s not necessary to use fertilizer if you have good compost.

5. Place in the Sun

Finally, place your container(s) in the sun in an area that receives full sunshine. Since you’re indoors, you’ll want to be cautious of your heating system. When we were experimenting with growing flowers indoors, we found the perfect sun-filled spot, but then noticed that the soil dried up quickly.


We had the pot really close to the HVAC vent.

Don’t make this mistake.

Instead, find a good spot that offers full sun or 6+ hours of sunlight per day.

If you want, you can transplant these seedlings outdoors after they’ve become established. However, this is a time-consuming process and not something I would recommend. Seed packets contain so many seeds that it makes the most sense to sow them directly in the ground, if you’re considering transplanting them in the future.

Tools for Growing Wildflowers Indoors

We mentioned a lot of different items that you’ll need for your wildflowers. Amazon has a lot of these items for sale, or you can go to your local garden store to find these items. A few of these items, include:

And, you’ll need to have wildflower seeds, too. We recommend reading our guide on buying wildflower seeds to find the right packets for your needs.

Note: All of the links are for general Amazon searches for these products. You can work through the reviews and pricing to find something perfect for your needs.

Personally, I prefer growing wildflowers outdoors because they attract bees, butterflies and other insects. Add in the fact that we have a vegetable garden, and the flowers attract honeybees, which will also pollinate our garden.

All in all, while it’s nice to know how to grow wildflowers indoors, we personally have the space to grow them outdoors. There are just so many benefits of planting wildflowers outdoors that it makes sense to choose this location if you can.

However, growing indoors is something we’ve tried, and it’s really nice to have flowers all around the house and add some color to our space. If you opt to grow indoors, you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Wildflower colors are fantastic and the blooms are much healthier, too, when growing indoors.

How to Cut Wildflowers to Keep in a Vase or Bouquet

How to Cut Wildflowers to Keep in a Vase or Bouquet

Wildflowers can fill your lawn or garden with an array of spectacular colors, from beautiful purples to white, red, yellow, pink and others. After all of your hard work and effort planting wildflower seeds and caring for them, you deserve to bring them inside to enjoy.

Learning how to cut wildflowers the right way will allow you to add a splash of color to your home’s interior – or wherever you plan on placing them.

However, if you cut these flowers prematurely or use the wrong technique, you will shorten their indoor lifespan.

Note: In some regions, such as Colorado, studies find that climate change is causing wildflowers to bloom weeks earlier than just 40 years ago. You need to be diligent to notice when the blooms are at their peak so that you can fill your home with these beautiful flowers.

How to Cut Wildflowers in 4 Easy Steps

Cutting your black-eyed Susans, bee balm, Dutch clover or any other wildflower that you’re growing can be very satisfying. If you plant these flowers from seed, you put a lot of time and energy into them.

Important: Do not wait until midday to cut your wildflowers. Cut them in the early morning or in the evening when the sun is going down.

Follow these steps on how to cut wildflowers properly to harvest your flowers and create a bouquet or put them into a vase:

  1. Glide your finger down the plant’s stem, paying close attention to the texture of the stem.
  2. Locate the “break” or indent in the stem. If you don’t feel the break, be sure to feel around until you do.
  3. Cut slightly above the break.
  4. Immediately place in a vase or bucket of water to prevent the flower from wilting while you cut the rest.

The main reason that you cut above the break in the stem is because this is the area where new growth occurs. If you’re early in the season, cutting at this strategic location will improve your odds of regrowth through the season.

If you’re near the end of the season, you can cut the stem closer to the ground.

Close cuts like this are not recommended if you want to have additional flowering during the season.

That’s it.

Simple. Right?

However, below are a few tips to help you have the most success when cutting your wildflowers.

3 Tips to Cut Wildflowers Like a Pro

  1. Use a sharp pair of floral snips (click here for a great pair on Amazon).
  2. Clean your snips, scissors or whatever tool you’re using between cuts and after every cutting session.
  3. Wipe the blade when switching plants.

Cleaning the snips or wiping them down between cuts seem like a lot of work and is easy to overlook. What’s the worst that can happen? You can spread disease from one plant to another if you fail to follow this step.

Mold, mildew and other fungal pathogens can spread, causing a major issue among your wildflower meadow.

If you have any of these infections or diseases within your flowers, you’ll need to remove the infected flowers to stop the spread. One sign of disease can be identified by looking for dark brown anthers.

How to Cut Back Wildflowers

Cutting back your wildflowers if they’re growing out of control is something you may want to do. However, I do want to mention that:

  • Wildflowers are very durable, and you don’t need to cut back the flowers
  • Nature can take care of the wildflowers on its own

With that in mind, I do find that the wildflowers we grow at our house are healthier and seem to have better blooms when they’re cut back.

The lawn also looks a lot better when they’re trimmed back.

However, if you don’t have the time to trim back your growing wildflowers, it’s not something to lose sleep over. Chances are, you’re established flowers will still thrive even without your help.

The good news is that pruning the blooms is a simple process, albeit time-consuming:

  • Cut the plant 1/3 of its height
  • Mow in the right season

You can mow your flowers back, but many people will leave them in place all winter. When you mow them, don’t use your mower’s mulching setting if it has one. Instead, leave the stems on the ground.

When spring comes around, you can rake the remaining stems into the ground.

Plus, you’ll find many birds munching on the seeds.

Why not leave the seeds for wildlife? They may even drop some in flight and leave you with a colorful surprise in other areas of your property.

Now that you know how to cut wildflowers, why not take it one step further and learn how to grow wildflowers indoors? Growing indoors will allow you to enjoy blooms for longer and in a controlled growth environment.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Wildflower Seeds

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Wildflower Seeds

Buying wildflower seeds is easy. Walk into a garden center or search for seeds at your favorite online retailer, pay for the seeds and be on your way. However, if you’re buying seeds blindly, you may find yourself with flowers that:

  • Don’t match the ideal color scheme of your garden
  • Grow better in other zones and not your own

The first packet of seeds we bought at my house, we just picked up anything at Home Depot and spread them out.

No flowers grew.

And that was a few years ago. That’s when we started researching seeds and realized that the seeds and our ground prep were suboptimal.

We’ve since had much better success with growing wildflower seeds – and a ton of others – because of the tips below.

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Tips on Buying Wildflower Seeds

When you buy seed mixes, there’s always an inherent risk that the seeds won’t grow. For example, you might buy from a company with subpar seeds, or there may be an issue with the soil or sowing of the seeds that lead to failure.

If you have native wildflowers growing in your area, this is a good sign that your seeds will take.

However, many people plant their own wildflower garden in areas where wildflowers aren’t in abundance. The right technique will improve your odds of growing beautiful displays. The following tips can help:

  • Regional packs: If you don’t know which wildflowers grow in your region, consider buying a regional mix. These mixes will allow you to buy seeds known to grow in your zone and increase the likelihood of growth.
  • Sun and shade: Look to see what level of sun the mix you want to buy requires. If the packet says full sun, be sure that you plant the seeds in an area that satisfies this demand.
  • Seeding rate: What is the seeding rate for the packet? I know that 80,000 seeds sounds like a ton of flowers, but a lot of these seeds will not grow into seedlings. If the packet says the seeding rate is 50 seeds per foot and that the packet covers 250 square feet, measure your growing area and buy seeds accordingly. You cannot “spread” the seeds out more and hope that planting 20 seeds per square foot will yield the same results.
  • Coverage area: How much area does the seed pack say it will cover? Look at the back of the packet or read through reviews online to ensure that you have enough seeds.
  • Annual and perennial: Blooms may last one year, come back every year or even bloom every other year. Many mixes offer a variety of seed types. Look to see what the general percentage of each type of seed in your mix is.
  • Pure seeds: Does the seed packet mention pure seeds? Buying pure seeds allows you peace of mind that the seeds aren’t going to have weeds and other random plants popping up.

Many seed sellers do offer a warranty, but read the fine print really well. A 30-day warranty is useless because you’re not going to have blooms this quickly.

You may also want to consider non-GMO varieties and stores that offer chemical-free seeds.

Finally, you need to find a reputable retailer to buy your seeds from. The following are a few good options for buying quality seed, but you’ll find many more in your region.

P.S. If this is your first-time planting wildflowers, read through our guide on How to Plant Wildflowers.

Buying Wildflower Seeds Online

You can find a wide range of seed options at your local garden center. However, if you want to buy your flower and wildflower seeds online, there are more than enough options to choose from.

Wildflowers on Amazon

Amazon has everything. And they have a lot of seed options to choose from, too. You can purchase packets in bulk, find non-GMO options and read through a ton of reviews on the site.

A few of the top-selling wildflower seed mixes on Amazon include:

These seeds are well-rated and promise to have:

  • 7,500+ seeds
  • 23 species

“Guaranteed to grow,” these seeds fill a 100-square-foot space. If you do choose this mix, I recommend the bulk ¼ pound option because it has 30,000 seeds.

The Mountain Valley Seed Company Store offers a non-GMO package that includes:

  • 80,000 seeds
  • 19 varieties, including milkweed, lupine and poppy
  • 100% pure, non-GMO seeds

Hardiness zones 2 – 10 can use these seeds, which will cover an area of 250 square feet. The seed packets have 69% annual plants, 16% perennial plants and 15% biennial plants.

American Meadows

American Meadows is an amazing company, and they’re known for offering 100% pure seeds with no fillers and non-GMO. In addition, when browsing their site, they categorize all of the wildflower seeds for you by region to help you find seeds that will grow easily in your area.

What makes American Meadows special is that they offer:

  • Bulk pricing options for commercial planting or massive gardens
  • Guides and videos on how to properly grow your seeds
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

You’ll also find that their prices are amazing, especially on their sales page. Many of their mixes are sold in ¼, ½, 1-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-pound options. Each sales page also includes light requirements, advantages of each mix and which zones they grow in.

Growing your own wildflower meadow is magical. You can add pops of color surrounding the native plants that grow in your area, making for an array of colors and scents that you can enjoy.

However, buying wildflower seeds that work well in your landscape, attract native pollinators and offer colorful blooms is your first step to growing success.

The tips above and adhering to the advice in our growing wildflowers guide will increase your chances of growing wildflowers. You’ll find that the information above will be useful when growing bee balm, black-eyed Susan’s, butterfly weed, California poppy, common blue violet, daisy fleabane, Dutch clover, evening primrose, Indian blanket, lupine, oxeye daisy, purple coneflower, Joe Pye weed, wild bergamot and many others.