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The Seed Man’s Wildflower Scavenger Hunt

We’re excited to announce the start of The Seed Man’s Wildflower Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest! We’re giving away twelve $50 gift certificates throughout October, so participate in our hunt each week for the chance to win.

It’s As Easy as Three Steps:

1. Create a Public Board. Create a public Pinterest Board. Name it anything you’d like (the more fun, the better)! Post a link to your board in the comments below.

2. Pin! Go to our website each week & pin Wildflowers from our weekly themes on your board. See below for weekly themes and follow us to learn more.

3. Share: Use the hashtag #AMISEEDHUNT with each post & share the URL to your board in the comments below.
Weekly Winners Chosen Each Friday Through October 31st. Good Luck!

Week One: Feed the Pollinators!

Planting wildflower seed in your garden or meadow each year makes a HUGE difference in helping our disappearing pollinator population. This week, pin your favorite pollinator-attracting Wildflowers to your board for the chance to win!

Wondering Where to Start?

Here are a few of our favorite pollinator-attracting wildflowers:
Hummingbird & Butterfly Mix, Pollinator Mix, Honey Bee Mix, Cosmos, Zinnias, and More! Hunt around for your favorites.

Week One of the Contest: Feed the Pollinators!

Follow our Boards or Check Back Here Each Week for the New Theme to Start Searching!

The Seed Man's Wildflower Scavenger Hunt

September 29, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · No Comments
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Photo of the Week: Picking Flowers on the West Coast

This week’s photo of the week is a series sent in by our customer Suzi D. in Washington State. She planted our Pacific Northwest Wildflower Mix and shared these gorgeous photos of her daughters enjoying the blooms. We hope you enjoy and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to get more photos, gardening tips, news, and more!

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Mix

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Mix

Pacific Northwest Wildflower Mix

September 25, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · No Comments
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Create a Big Splash of Color in Your Garden

As fall planting approaches quickly, many of us are planning on adding new garden beds or filling in existing ones that may need extra color. I wanted to share an extremely simply garden tip with you that can go a long way: Limit your plant selections!

Peonies

Customer Photo: Peonies Planted in a Group

In the garden, a little bit of everything doesn’t always have as much impact as a wealth of a few well-chosen plants. Choose several reliable perennials that you know will grow in your area and repeat the plant combinations to set the overall tone for your garden. Love the early color Peonies bring to the spring garden? Instead of planting 1 or 3 plants, try planting 9 for a dramatic effect. Love the way Butterfly Bushes attract pollinators to the garden? Try planting 3-5 in one area for a show-stopping look.

Customer Garden

Customer Garden

As you’re planning for fall planting, remember also to think about seasonal blooming – Spring-Blooming Bulbs, Columbines, Peonies, and Bleeding Hearts all offer gorgeous spring blooms. Daylilies, Butterfly Bushes, Astilbe, and other Lilies provide fabulous summer color. Hydrangea, Sedum, and Echinacea provide late summer and fall blooms in the garden.

Do you have any photos of your garden design that you’d like to share? Please head over to our Facebook Page to connect with over 120,000 other gardeners. Happy Gardening!

September 16, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Summer 2014 Photo Contest Winners

Like always, our Summer Photo contest was so hard to judge this year! We truly enjoyed becoming spectators in each of your gardens and appreciate you taking the time to submit your photos. Below you’ll find our winning photos and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Don’t worry — Our next Photo Contest is not too far away!

Grand Prize Winner – Rudbeckia & Friend, Submitted by Debbie D.

Black Eyed Susan Seeds

Winner – Veronica Purpleicious, Submitted by Clare O.

Veronica

Winner – Wildflowers, Submitted by Joyce P.

Wildflower Seeds

Winner: Daylilies, Submitted by Dennis M.

Daylilies

Again, a big thank you to all who entered photos of their spring gardens in bloom. Happy Gardening!

September 2, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 3 Comments
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Daylilies: A Smart Garden Investment

DaylilyDaylilies are some of the most recognizable blooms in gardens throughout the world, dazzling with dependable, colorful flowers in the summer garden. These fabulous perennials are some of the true cornerstones of any perennial garden. With little care, they grow in any soil type and multiply each year, making them one of the best garden investments. Many varieties are re-bloomers, putting on a colorful show twice in one season. 

A Little History

Daylilies, genus Hemerocallis, are native to Asia. Hybridizers in the United States and England have been working with Daylilies since 1930, improving the species greatly. DaylilyThe original colors were yellow, orange, and red. Now, we get to enjoy a rainbow of colors in the dependable Hemerocallis. Many of the Daylilies you see growing in the wild in the US are actually varieties that have ‘escaped’ the hybridizers.

The Parts

Daylilies are known to form clumps and are made up of four parts. The roots of Daylilies are usually long and fibrous. The roots absorb the water and minerals for the plant, serving as a storage place for nutrients produce by the leaves. The crown is the stem of the Daylily, producing leaves and scapes. The leaves of Daylilies are long and grass-like. The scape of the Daylily is the stalk which produces the flowers. It typically does not have any leaves and there can be two or more per plant.

Mixed Daylilies

Will Daylilies Grow in my Garden?

Daylilies grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9. If you don’t know your Hardiness Zone, find it out here. If you’re in a warmer area (zones 9-10) and want to try planting Daylilies, put them in an area that does not receive full sun. For everyone else, DaylilyDaylilies require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and prefer well-draining soil. Daylilies are so famous and wide-spread because they are extremely easy to grow, tolerating most growing conditions. They also multiply quickly, making them a great garden investment.

Daylilies are deer resistant and if you choose a re-blooming variety, you’ll get a show in the garden twice in one season. The versatility of the different colors, shapes, and sizes, makes it easy to pick a variety that will thrive in your garden. What are your experiences growing Daylilies? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

September 1, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 3 Comments
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Practically Indestructible Plants

PeoniesLet’s face it: As much as we all try our hardest in the garden, some of us – and our growing conditions – are just not as good as others. I have a lot of shade in my garden, meaning I’m probably not going to be able to grow everything. The experts here at American Meadows wanted to come up with a comprehensive “practically indestructible” plant list for gardeners with challenging soil, water conditions, or anything else that may get in the way of growing prize-winning roses! Feel free to add to the list with your “practically indestructible plants” in the comments below.

We like to call these four groups “Power Perennials,” meaning they will thrive in most conditions. Like all plants, they will need some water in the beginning of their lives in your garden. Pruning them as recommended also won’t hurt!

Peonies: These fragrant beauties create a spectacular spring show! Certain homes have them in beds, borders, along drives – and anywhere they grow, they create probably the most beautiful clump of blooms. Peonies tend to multiply each year and are a sure sign that spring is here.

Hostas and Lilies

Hostas: Talk about ‘bang for your buck!’ Hostas are a landscaper’s dream, adding spectacular foliage to walkways, garden edges, and anything in between. There are so many varieties to choose from and most delight with colorful blooms in the summer. Hostas are fast multiplyers and can be divided in the fall and re-planted throughout the garden.

Phlox and HydrangeaPhlox: Garden Phlox create mid-summer color for weeks and weeks, boasting tall columns of fragrant flowers. They are extremely easy to grow and look great paired with your favorite Hydrangea. In a few years, you’ll be dividing them in the fall with your Hostas to re-plant!

Daylilies: These fabulous perennials are some of the true cornerstones of any perennial garden. With little care, they grow in any soil type and multiply each year, making them one of the best garden investments. Many varieties are re-bloomers, putting on a colorful show twice in one season. 

DayliliesHonorable Mentions: We don’t want to forget Lilies, Echinacea, and Coreopsis as ‘practically indestructible’ plants. All three are tough and easy-to-grow, making them a great choice for almost any garden.

What are your favorite ‘indestructible’ plants? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

August 25, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Fall Planting: Drought Tolerant Perennials

Many gardeners live in drought-prone areas where it is necessary to conserve water, which means a lot needs to go into the “planning and organizing” phase of gardening, even before the gloves come on. Other gardeners, Daylily Original Orangein places like the Northeast, may not need to conserve water, but choose to plant drought resistant varieties to help save on their water bill or give themselves less work in the garden. Whatever your reason may be to go drought tolerant, we have several hardy, easy-to-grow perennial varieties that are perfect for almost any garden.

Daylilies are a great choice for conserving water. They also give you a lot of ‘bang for your buck,’ as they multiply each year and are easy to divide and move. We have a variety of Daylilies for fall planting this season. Try the re-blooming Daylily Purple D’oro for knockout, dramatic purple blooms in the summer months. The Original Orange is a true staple in many gardens throughout the US and looks gorgeous paired with the purple varieties. Other re-bloomers include Strawberry Candy, a delightful pink bi-color, and Stella D’oro, another familiar sight throughout the country. SedumBonus: Daylilies not only require minimal water, but also attract pollinators and are extremely easy to grow. View all of our Daylilies here.

Sedum, also known as Stonecrop, is known for its tolerance of dry, sunny conditions. We love Sedum because it puts on such a unique show in the late summer garden, with unique foliage giving way to gorgeous blooms in the fall garden. Sedum also is a great addition to your rock or container gardens. Try the unique Lime Zinger, vibrant Dragon’s Blood, soft Vera Jameson and more.

Echinacea Hot CoralEchinacea are another great choice for your drought resistant garden, blooming in the summer months and become a dependable and spectacular staple of the garden. Try the pure-white variety White Swan or the vibrant, red-blooming Hot Coral for a pop of color. Add texture to a shady spot with Christmas Fern, the perfect backdrop to any of your blooming plants. Salvia Lyrical Silvertone is another variety famous for its drought-resistant tendencies, adding both color and texture to the summer garden with gorgeous, spiky purple blooms.

What are your favorite drought resistant varieties that you’ve grown? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!

 

August 17, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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Veggies Galore!

Each year, the team at American Meadows starts our vegetable and herb seeds indoors, patiently waiting for the ground to thaw, the dozens of inches of snow to melt, and for us to be able to garden (outside) again! It’s one of our favorite group activities and this year the results have been fabulous.

We always have enough crops to go around and this season is no different. We’ve had enough Zuchinni to make all of the bread, soup, stir fries and more and have also been enjoying fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes. We have peppers, tomatoes, squash, peas and more still working to ripen up and figured we’d share some of the pictures from our current garden. Enjoy!

Zuchinni
Tomatoes
Jalapenos
Veggie Garden
Peas

How is your vegetable garden growing this year? Please tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

August 6, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Favorite Photos from our Spring 2014 Photo Contest

Although the below photos didn’t win, we wanted to highlight them because we were impressed by both the gardens and the photography! We hope you enjoy as much as we did.

Cosmos & Monarch, Submitted by Karyn J.

Cosmos

Daylilies & Friend, Submitted by Donna S.

Daylilies

Tulip, Submitted by Connie E.

Tulip

Forget Me Nots, Submitted by Linda G.

Forget me Nots

Daffodils, Submitted by Karen V.

Daffodils

Red Poppies, Submitted by Jan S.

Poppies

Sunflowers, Submitted by Julie S.

Sunflowers

Columbines, Submitted by Lily M.

Columbines

To view more gorgeous photos, find us on Facebook. Have an amazing garden photo of your own? Enter our Summer Photo Contest for the chance to win!

August 4, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Fall: The Perfect Time to Get Gardening!

Fall PlantingThere are a variety of reasons why fall is an amazing time to garden. The cool, crisp weather is wonderful to work in, it extends your gardening season significantly and many bulbs and plants prefer being planted in the fall. I’ll highlight several of my favorite reasons to get you excited about fall planting!

The Weather

I’ll admit, I try to plant as much as possible in the fall because I’m someone who doesn’t appreciate the heat. Don’t get me wrong – I love the summer, but there is something to be said about the calm of a cool, early fall morning. That’s why I usually plan on preparing and planting the three aspects of my garden in the fall – Wildflowers, Perennials and Spring-Blooming Bulbs. All of these can (and some do better) be planted in the fall. Fall planting actually mimics mother nature’s way of dropping seeds and getting ready for the winter.

WildflowersWildflowers

As long as you have an extended period of frost, Wildflowers are an amazing candidate for fall planting. Plant after you’ve had a few killing frosts in your area and there is no chance for the seeds to germinate before the spring. You’ll be surprised at how much earlier your blooms come in the spring and summer when planted in the fall. It’s amazing! Then, come spring, you can fill in bare areas with leftover seed to make sure you have a gorgeous, full meadow or garden. Learn more about fall Wildflower planting here.

Perennials

Bleeding HeartI plant perennials in both the spring and the fall. I like to plan my garden design in the fall and plant key elements then. Come spring, once I see where there may be room to squeeze JUST one more plant in, I’ll add some here and there. I also find that perennials acclimate quicker to the garden when planted in the fall and I’ll see better growth and blooms the first season. Two examples of this are a Bleeding Heart and Echinacea plant I planted last fall. I’m amazed at how large and stunning the blooms were this spring/summer with almost no maintenance work!

Bulbs

Allium and LupineWe all know Spring-Blooming Bulbs are the perfect candidate for fall planting. Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Hyacinths and more all require a dormant period to grow. These are the most rewarding things to plant in the garden – It’s literally ‘dig, drop, done’ to experience an amazing spectacle of blooms in the spring. If you’re in an area that doesn’t receive a hard frost, you can force your bulbs in the refrigerator. Learn more about how to do that here.

Why do you love fall planting? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!

July 27, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · One Comment
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