A common question we often get is, "Can I store excess seed for next season’s use and if so, how?" Seed storage is not only a great way to save money (it’s cheaper to buy in bulk), but is extremely easy to do!
We recommend storing seed in an airtight container. You could use kitchen tupperware, a large storage bin or whatever you have lying around. Make sure it is as airtight as possible and is completely dry before you put your seed in it.
Keep your airtight container in a cool (not freezing), dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations. Don’t keep it in your freezing garage, your refrigerator or on top of your dryer! A cool, stable temperature (such as a closet) is the perfect place to store the seed. Viability, also known as the life of the seed, varies from species to species. However, most Wildflower species will maintain good germination quality for at least a year or two, sometimes up to 5 years.
Storing seed is especially helpful for those of us planting Annuals and Vegetables. Order a pound of our All Annual Mixture and keep it around for years, sprinkling each season for a burst of blooms all summer long. Happy Gardening!
Each year, the National Garden Bureau chooses a perennial to feature as their "Perennial of the Year." They recently announced that 2014 is the "Year of the Echinacea" We are thrilled because Echinacea is one of our favorite perennials and we carry over 20 varieties as seeds and plants.
From their website:
"Echinacea was chosen as the perennial for the National Garden Bureau’s 2014 Year of program because of the vast assortment of flower colors and shapes available to today’s gardener but also because they are such an American staple. The classic flower shape continues to be a favorite in home and public gardens so it’s time we highlight the history of the “tried and true” classics as well as some of the newer varieties sure to please any home gardener."
Below you can find some of our favorite varieties.
Echinacea is famous across the country for illumining entire meadows with stunning pink flowers. This butterfly-magnet is easy to grow and makes for spectacular bouquets.
In fiery tones of red, orange, and yellow, this drought-tolerant perennial ignites the garden from summer to fall. Cheyenne Spirit is deer-resistant and makes gorgeous summer bouquets.
Hot Coral makes a fun, bright statement with coral blooms offset by deep centers. Stunning both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets.Â
This cheerful-pink variety is a hybrid, bred to have upright petals, unlike the drooping petals of the native variety.
A mix of three varieties of this popular perennial, this is an affordable way to fill your sunny garden with colorful flowers.Â
Coneflower White Swan is the white version of Purple Coneflower. Together, the two make a great show.Â
View all of our varieties here. Happy Gardening!
Daylilies are one of the true cornerstones of any perennial garden. With some 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. These deer-resistant beauties are a must-have for any perennial garden and we are excited to be carrying seven new varieties for spring 2014.
With slightly ruffled petals and dramatic pink/burgundy blooms, Raspberry Ruffles is a must-have for any Daylily lover. Plant in spring for a knock-out summer show year after year.Â
Ignite your summer garden with this fire-orange Daylily. Tuscawilla Tigress boasts big, bright-orange blooms with a deep center and white markings on the petals. This deer-resistant favorite is a re-bloomer, illuminating the summer garden twice in one season.Â
This unique variety has won numerous Daylily awards and we’re not surprised! Large, double pink blooms appear almost fluffy and Siloam Double Classic is also intensely fragrant. Like other Daylilies, this fabulous variety is extremely easy to grow and will thrive in almost any sunny spot.Â
This raspberry-colored beauty boats a striking green throat and stays open in the evening hours, unlike many Daylily varieties. Mary Reed is extremely easy to grow and spreads each year, making it a great addition to any perennial garden!Â
Unlike its name, Prairie Blue Eyes is a charming lavender/purple, accented by a bright yellow throat. Deer Resistant and easy to grow, plant this Daylily in any soil type and it is sure to dazzle with an abundance of blooms in the summer months.Â
Pygmy Plum’s deep-colored blooms delight twice in one season and this plant is extremely easy to grow, withstanding almost any growing conditions. Plant this beauty in the border of your garden or in containers.Â
This cheerful yellow Daylily is a re-bloomer, igniting the garden with an abundance of blooms twice in one season. If you’re looking for a multitude of flowers, Bakabana is the perfect choice! A vigorous spreader, plant this beauty once for years and years of fabulous color.
What’s your favorite Daylily? Please share in the comments below or post on our Facebook Wall. Happy Gardening!
November 15, 2013
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Tags: daylilies, daylily, Hemerocallis, New for 2014, New Plants, New Products, Unique Varieties Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials
Now that we’re into November, it’s extremely important (if you haven’t already) to prepare your garden for the winter months. This doesn’t need to be a weekend-long affair, simply follow a few easy steps and your garden will be ready to hibernate (along with you) for the winter and come back next spring stronger than ever!
Cleaning up and Cutting Back
It’s important to cut back perennial plants, then rake debris and leaves out of your garden beds. This helps to prevent any bacteria or mold to grow and disrupt the healthy growth of your precious plants. If you planted Wildflowers, mow them down in the fall and leave the broken stems on the ground. This helps for the annual varieties to re-seed for next year and provides food/shelter for birds!
Fall is a great time to mulch, especially if you’re trying to protect Bulbs or smaller plants from harsh winter temperatures. It’s best to apply mulch just after your first hard frost. This helps to stabilize the temperature of the soil. We recommend using an all-natural pine or wood bark mulch that help to enrich the soil. If you’re protecting your plants from the cold, we recommend a layer of mulch about 3-6" thick. Once the ground thaws, you may want to clear some of the mulch away from your small plants.
Adding Bulbs for Spring Color
Once you’re doing your fall cleanups, it’s always a great time to take note of bare spots in your garden. Purchase a bag of Tulips or Daffodils and tuck the Bulbs where there are empty spots in the garden. You will thank yourself in the spring when you’re greeted with cheerful blooms!
What is your fall cleanup process? Please share in the comments below or post on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!
November 11, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: Cutting Back, fall bulbs, Fall Cleanup, Garden Maintenance, Mulching, Preparing your Garden for Winter Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers
If you love the colorful blooms of Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths but can’t wait until spring, try forcing bulbs indoors for earlier flowers. The process is fairly simple and fun — A great activity to do with children.
1. Choose your variety. Choose any variety of Tulip, Daffodil or Hyacinth to force indoors for early blooms. Try something you wouldn’t normally plant in your garden and get creative with color combinations!
2. Chill the bulbs in the refrigerator (away from any fruits) until you are ready to plant.
3. Plant the bulbs in containers after at least 6 weeks of chilling. Use any shallow container for most bulbs. If you’re planting taller varieties of Tulips or Daffodils, use a deeper container. Bury the bulbs just below the soil surface with the pointy sides sticking up. Get creative and plant several different varieties together in different containers!
4. Chill the container in any area that is about 45 degrees fahrenheit. A refrigerator or cool (above freezing) garage will work.
5. Once the bulbs start to pop up and sprouts are about 1 inch above the surface, bring the container out of storage and place in a sunny window.Make sure to keep it in a cooler area, as too much sun and warmth will hinder growth.
6. Once in bloom, enjoy your spring preview way before bulbs in the garden have started!
November 6, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· One Comment
Tags: fall bulbs, forcing bulbs, forcing daffodils, forcing hyacinths, forcing tulips, gardening projects, kids gardening, Winter Blooms Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos
We’re always looking to carry as many unique varieties as possible and are excited to have just added a dozen new Fall Bulbs available to plant now! Whether you’re looking for deer-resistant Daffodils, easy-to-grow Camassia, or Wild Tulips, we have it all! All of our new Fall-Planted Bulbs are up to 50% off and shipping to plant now for gorgeous spring blooms. We have limited quantities available of these new varieties, so order now.
We have several new, unique Tulip varieties. The Wild Tulip Tarda is a perennial early-bloomer, virgously spreading each year. The gorgeous yellow center is offset by white tips. Tulip Alba Coerulea Oculata is a true garden standout, with blue centers and white petals. Tulip Cynthia is a stunning Wildflower Tulip with red and white bi-color blooms. This variety is extremely easy to grow and will thrive in warmer winter climates.
Love the smaller, charming blooms of the Tete-a-Tete Daffodil? We’re now carrying the white variety, which would be gorgeous paired with its yellow counterpart! We’re carrying several other new Daffodil varieties, including Professor Einstein, which boasts deep orange centers surrounded by white petals. A true knockout in the spring garden year after year!
Spring Starflower Charlette Bishop boasts charming, star-shaped blooms that are sure to be a conversation-starter in the garden. Allium Silver Spring is a fragrant variety that has off-white flowers and dark rose centers. Camassia leichtlinii Blue Danube is a late bloomer with deep blue, spiky blooms offset by grassy foliage. It is easy to grow and native to the Pacific Northwest.
To view all of our new varieties for the fall, click here. Happy Gardening!
All of our bulk Wildflower Seed Mixtures are 100% pure wildflower seeds, no fillers! (The average mixture found at a big box store or garden center is only 15% pure seed and 85% filler â€“ Yuck!)
Our proven Regional Mixtures contain an average of 25 different annual and perennial species.Â We include annuals for the first growing season and perennials for the second and successive seasons!
The Seed Man’s favorite week every year is National Wildflower Week each May.
Mike “The Seed Man” Lizotte has been slingin’ seed since the age of 13.Â That’s 26 years of wildflower knowledge only found here at American Meadows.
We ship our Wildflower seed all over the world! Â Nous expÃ©dions notre wildflower seed partout dans le monde! Spediamo wildflower seme tutto il mondo! Enviamos nuestros wildflower las semillas en todo el mundo!
We’re the unofficial Wildflower Seed supplier to the stars! We’ve sold our wildflowers to Kristy Alley,Â Ashley Judd and Sheryl Crow just to name a few.
Wildflowers are great for attracting pollinators which are critical to our ecosystem.
Stop mowing your lawn and plant Wildflowers.Â Mowing your lawn for 1 hour emits the same amount of pollutants as driving your car for 200 milesâ€¦Not good!Â
One of the most common questions we receive each fall is, "When should I plant Wildflowers?"
The short answer: Plant in the fall once the ground is frozen and temperatures in your area are cold enough that the seed will stay dormant until the early spring. However, we have several blogs, articles and videos that explain the process of fall Wildflower planting in much more detail, from the preparation of your soil all the way to sowing the seed. We’ve included these resouces for you below.
Don’t forget — We have garden experts available 6 days a week to answer your planting questions either via email, phone or live chat! You can also "like" the Seed Man on facebook to get the latest Wildflower news, planting tips and more.
How to Plant Wildflowers in the Fall
The Seed Man gives tricks on one of the most important aspects of wildflower seed planting â€“ preparing the soil.
In this blog, The Seed Man highlights the best seed to plant for different regions of the country. From ourÂ regional mixtures, toÂ individual species, he outlines which seed will do best for fall planting.
In the last installment, The Seed Man gives tips on maintaining your wildflower meadow in the fall. He answers the ever-popular question, “To mow or not to mow?”
Other Wildflower Guides
In this blog, learn the best practices for planting a large area with Wildflowers.
A very detailed article on (literally) everything you need to know about planting Wildflowers. One of our most popular pages on our site and extremely helpful!
Wildflower Planting Videos
How to Plant a Wildflower Meadow Part I:
How to Plant a Wildflower Meadow Part II:
We hope this helps to answer your questions about fall Wildflower planting. Happy Gardening!
Who doesn’t love the bold, dramatic texture that Elephant Ears bring to the summer garden? Whether you are in a colder area or not, there are a few simple steps you should take to over-winter your tubers for next spring’s planting.
Hardiness Zones 1-6
Not sure of your USDA Hardiness Zone? Click here.
If you’re in Zones 1-6, this means you will need to bring your Elephant Ears inside for the winter. It’s a fairly simple process:
- After your first frost, cut the stems to about 6 inches tall.
– Put the tubers in a grocery bag, plastic pot or bulb rate and cover with a mix of peat moss and soil.
- Add water to the container and store it in a cool, dark place to ensure the tuber stays dormant throughout the winter. Keep your Elephant Ears moist but not wet.
Hardiness Zones 7-11
In these Hardiness Zones, your Elephant Ears can stay in the ground but should be covered to protect them throughout the winter months.
- Let the stems of your plants die back naturally with the frost. Cutting them can lead to rot.
– Cover your plants with chopped-up leaves and lawn grass. This helps to keep the Elephant Ears warm and insulated throughout the winter months. Reinforce with chicken wire or simply create a mound.
– Uncover the plants after the last spring frost.
We’re excited to have taken several of our favorite customer combinations and created collections based off of them, making it easy for you to get their look in your garden! All of these collections are extremely easy to grow and can be planted in the fall for spring blooms. We hope you enjoy!
Allium Purple Sensation and Lupine Combo
Color, color, color! This fabulous combination boasts both an array of colorful blooms and different textures, adding a truly interesting display to the garden. Collection includes: Allium Purple Sensation and 1/4 LB of Russell Lupine Seed.
Tulip, Daffodil and Virginia Bluebells Combo
This romantic combination steals the show in any garden. White Daffodils, Purple and Pink Tulips and Virginia Bluebells compliment each other perfectly, blooming together throughout the spring season. Collection includes: Virginia Bluebells, Mount Hood Daffodils, & Endless Spring Purple and Pink Tulips.
Tulip Stresa and Crocus Ruby Giant Combo
This gorgeous pairing illuminates in mid spring and returns year after year. Rich, purple Crocus blooms create a gorgeous backdrop for the large, bi-color Tulips. This combination also makes great bouquets! Collection includes: Tulip Stresa and Crocus Ruby Giant.
Darwin Tulip Mix and Fall Max Mix Combo
This combination brings cheerful blooms to the garden all season long! The Darwin Tulip Bulbs and early-blooming Annuals begin blooming in early spring. The later-blooming annuals then take over and bloom all the way until frost, delighting with different varieties every few weeks! Collection includes: Darwin Tulip Mix and 1/4 LB Fall Max Mix.
Dutchmaster Daffodil and Blue Hyacinth Combo
One of the most classic and favorite combinations, this blue and yellow pairing dazzles the spring garden with bold color and sweet fragrance. Be sure to plant extra for fabulous bouquets! Collection includes: Dutch Master Daffodils and Blue Hyacinths.
October 17, 2013
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Tags: collections, customer combinations, Customer gardens, easy to grow, fall bulbs, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Perennials, Wildflowers