Let’s take a poll:
- If you’ve taken a leisurely stroll through your local park to enjoy the blooming wildflowers this season, raise your hand.
- If you’ve created family photos in a sprawling field of bluebonnets this March, raise your hand.
- If you’ve (not so) secretly wished that spring could stay forever, raise your hand.
How many times did you raise your hand?
Spring is a magical time here in Texas. We eagerly await the blossoming of our traditional favorites, inviting us to spend more time in our great state’s beautiful parks and fields.
Yet did you realize that you can add the surprise of wildflowers to your cultivated home garden as well? Though wildflowers—and their a-ha appearances—best come from planting seeds (not from nursery purchases), Seville Farms is a Texas company: We love our state wildflowers, and we love them in gardens with our plants.
If you’d like a pop of wildness in your garden next year, consider adding wildflower seeds to your planting schedule and then plan your spring garden accordingly with accompanying plants and florals from Seville Farms.
How could you forget the Texas state flower’s unique shape and vibrant blue color? While most are blue by nature, there are species of pink, white, and red bluebonnets that have become quite popular.
When choosing seeds, find scarified seeds, which are seeds that have been chemically treated so that they have a higher chance of germinating. Bluebonnets require well-drained soil and love to soak in plenty of direct sunlight.
The best time to sow bluebonnet seeds is in the fall, as you can then expect a larger patch of spectacular bluebonnets the following spring.
A colorful partner of the bluebonnet, the Indian Paintbrush adds whimsical pops of color to Texas fields every spring.
Possessing similar qualities to its indigo-hued counterpart, it’s best to sow Indian Paintbrush seeds in the fall, alongside bluebonnet seeds. Planting the two seeds together will give you a better chance of growing healthy paintbrushes, as Lupinus texensis (bluebonnets) are one of the best host plants.
When growing Indian Paintbrushes, you may notice a few critters visiting your garden—for the better! Pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees love hanging around these plants and help keep your garden healthy.
It is no mystery how the Black-Eyed Susan received its name. The plant’s striking yellow flowers and their characteristic black pits give Texas another pop of spring color. Plant these seeds in mid-to-late late spring to enjoy their blooms from June to September. They love moist, well-drained soil and full sun.
Black Eyed Susans are prolific reseeders, meaning that one planting could allow you to enjoy them for years to come. You can even lop off their flowers at the end of the blooming season to share with friends, so that they, too, can incorporate Black Eyed Susans into their gardens. What’s not to love?
Adding all three of these beauties to your home and garden is easy to do and will liven up your space. Whimsical blooms, helpful pollinators, and a healthy garden: These sound like wins to us!
If you have any questions about where to find these plants, how many seeds to buy, or what soil and fertilizer you may need, visit your local garden or hardware store. They will have expertly trained staff eager to answer any question you may have.