Native Wildflowers

jspeachyn5February 2, 2008

Hello all. Just wondering, has any one here tried using native wildflowers? I was thinking of trying some on a steep hill I have. Very hard to mow and has lot of sun. Maybe rock edging and such? Not sure just a thought I have buzzing round. Was thinking maybe not having to replant every year that way and have a move free flowing area. Thoughts?? So much warmer here today. I'm going to check on my bulb's today. As some of you had some starting to come up.

Bonnie

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gldno1

I think that is a great idea. I have oenothera speciosa in my front ditch and I love it. It self seeds and spreads pretty nicely. I now have some across the road!
I am doing a new border between the house and the road and will try to use mostly Missouri natives. They should do better I would think.

Here are some websites that might help:
http://www.missouriplants.com/index.html
http://www.grownative.org/

Good luck.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 2:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mulberryknob

Years ago, I planted seeds of purple coneflower (Echinacea), black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), and some kind of white daisy in a wild area and have been enjoying them ever since, both where I first put them and where they have seeded themselves. As a bonus, the goldfinches love the seeds. These are perrenials. I also have lots of self seeding annuals that could be naturalized in a sunny area. Poppies and larkspur bloom together in the spring, cleome, zinnias, petunias, and celosia come along later. And of course, you could put in daffodils and grape hyacinths for really early color--and scatter in some surprise lilies and orange tiger lilies for later. I also have old fashioned garden plox naturalized, as well as bouncing bette (soapwort). Other flowers that you see naturalized include chicory, Queen Ann's Lace, coreopsis, and for the fall, goldenrod. Another native that blooms early is the native woodland phlox. The native tradescantia blooms early too but I would hesitate to put it in on purpose as it can become a pest it seeds so prolifically.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 6:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
oakleif(z6 AR)

A great idea. i have most of the above plus shasta daisy,sweet clover,yarrow.Violets in the shade and aquilla, dwarf iris,false solamans seal. also have chamamile and catnip and motherwort that went wild.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 11:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
oakleif(z6 AR)

Bonnie, I can send you some seeds late this summer.
vickie

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 11:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jspeachyn5

Wow that would be so great. I just hat the idea of having to mow that really big hill every summer. I use a rider but I feel like I'm going over sometimes. and yes I go up/down and side/side in all the right areas. I'm a farm girl been an tractors all my life. Now I just use a "mini" lol. Have been going over the mo. con depart guide online and really like what I see. Thanks. all the seed I saved this year is annuals and I don't want to have to reseed this area every year. also has any one tries buffalo grass. I have a spot that is by a drainage ditch and it burns the fescue up. way too dry and hot there?
Bonnie Thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 10:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wezey(z6 AR)

I really like native verbena. It blooms most of the summer and stays pretty until frost at least. Keeps down the weeds, too. It is a native groundcover.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 4:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jspeachyn5

thanks everyone great ideas.
Bonnie

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 7:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Bonnie if you're close to Springfield, there's a Native Plant Symposium every spring at the Springfield Nature Center that you might want to go to. There will be lectures and info and native plants and seeds for sale. I looked but didn't see it on their calendar yet. There's always LOTS of people. I keep thinking they will move it someplace where there's more room.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 11:02AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Saw the first signs today......
And SOOO excited.....spotted daffodils and ornithogalums...
mocountryboys
Ozark Chinquapin(Chinkapin)
Anyone have this variety of Chestnut, Castanea pumila,...
razorback33
Sorted Garden Seeds
I finally did it and am very proud of myself. I even...
gldno1
my thoughts on peppers
I don't eat hot peppers but I have found that the horn...
helenh
Fall Color l0 Days Ago (White now!)
Miscanthus by cellar: One of my very few remaining...
gldno1
Sponsored Products
Springfields table runner
Origin Crafts
LNR Home Adana Burgundy Southwestern Area Rug (7'9 x 9'9)
Overstock.com
Paula Deen Down Home Corries Kitchen Side Chair - Oatmeal - Set of 2 - UNIR1324
$640.00 | Hayneedle
Hydrangea & Wildflower Ring
$9.99 | zulily
Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Safavieh Rugs Dhurries Ivory/Charcoal 8 ft. x
Home Depot
Twin Quilt 66" x 86" - GRAY
$155.00 | Horchow
Tan 9-Inch Wall Sconce with Southwest Side Steps Border Design
$70.20 | Bellacor
Safavieh Area Rug: Dhurries Ivory/Yellow 4' x 6'
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™