Wild Flowers


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Wild flowers are among the most colorful and easiest flowers to grow. They have often been referred to as weeds since they grow wild. Many of today's annuals and perennials are descendants of these flowers. In fact, many of today's perennials are nothing more than hybrid wild flowers.

These flowers are easily grown from seed and require little care. Most grow in all USDA zones and require full sun. Some can act as perennials in the correct climate while others are purely annual but may still reseed themselves. I would suggest growing only those wild flowers specific to your region to avoid any chance of invasion.

I have created a list of the most common names we are all familiar with. You may notice some that are listed are also listed within the annual and perennial pages. This is due to the fact that some act as annuals and perennials, some have been hybrid to perform as a annual or perennial both in appearance and hardiness.



WILD FLOWER BY COMMON NAME:

  • Baby's Breath
  • Baby Blue Eyes
  • Birds Eye
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Blanket Flower
  • Blazing Star
  • Blue Flax
  • Blue Sage
  • Butterfly Weed
  • California Poppy
  • Chicory
  • Chinese Forget-Me-Not
  • Clasping Cone FLower
  • Cornflower
  • Cosmos
  • Crimson Clover
  • Foxglove
  • Goldin Lupine
  • Hollyhock
  • Indian Blanket
  • Johnny Jump-up
  • Lemon Mint
  • Sunflower
  • Morning Glory
  • Mountain Phlox
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Rose Mallow
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Sweet Alyssum



Wildflowers are a great addition to any garden bed or around a water feature. They can fill in gaps and provide a very natural look. I found the best way to plant them is by seeding in the early spring. I chose to plant them around my water features only, which gave the water and rock a very natural look. Since many varieties can reseed, I chose not to plant them in my other beds. I made that mistake once and the wildflowers took over the annual and perennial beds, it took a few years to finally weed them all out.

If you have a water feature or can create an independent bed, wildflowers can make a great addition. They provide plenty of color, texture and interest all season long. They also attract a wide variety of dragonflies, butterflies and birds.

Gurneys for your gardens!