Apart from their colorful blooms many of these wildflowers are great pollinators that will attract bees and butterflies. The reason why wildflowers or natives are so easy to care for that they are almost “plant and forget” is because they are growing in their natural conditions as they would in the wild. These ten wildflowers for which no green thumb is required are described in an article by Amanda which I found on the American Meadows website.
Whether you?re new to gardening or are looking for something to plant and forget about, wildflowers are one of my favorite go-tos. Although most wildflowers are fairly low maintenance, there are several varieties that require no green thumb at all and are hardy in most areas around the country.
I?ll highlight these ten easy-to-grow wildflowers and why you should add them to your garden.
1. Purple Coneflower
Purple Coneflower, aka Echinacea, is a famous native variety, painting entire meadows pink throughout the country. This summer-blooming wildflower is a true staple of any meadow or garden. Plant purple coneflower once and each year it will multiply and spread, giving pollinators plenty to snack on in the summer months.
This wildflower requires little supplemental water and care; leave the dried seed heads up throughout the winter to feed various birds in your area. Bonus: Echinacea is a spectacular cut flower and even a single stem creates an elegant statement in a vase.
Oh, Zinnia. I fell in love with Zinnia this summer after planting a mass garden bed with this easy annual. Besides being one of the easiest and most colorful annuals to grow, Zinnia is a pollinator magnet and will create a parade of buzzing bees and butterflies from summer all the way until frost.
Zinnias these days come in almost any color of the rainbow, making them a versatile choice for any landscape. Experiment with color blocking in a small garden bed. The best part is that you can start all over again next season! Zinnia also make for fantastic summer bouquets and are often used for weddings and other special events.
3. Shasta Daisies
Daisies might be one of the most iconic wildflowers out there ? I enjoy them so much I even named my dog after them! The best thing about Shasta Daisies is they offer up easy summer blooms but aren?t aggressive or invasive (that?s Ox-Eye daisy).
So whether you?re creating a cottage garden in Maine or looking for a low-maintenance option for an out-of-reach meadow in California, Daisies are a winning choice. Plant on their own or pair with other easy summer options such as Echinacea and Black-Eyed Susan.
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