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
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: collections, customer combinations, Customer gardens, easy to grow, fall bulbs, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Perennials, Wildflowers
I live in a small city and am fortunate enough to have a yard and garden (albeit small) to tend to. There is one bed in the back part of my yard that is always changing and evolving with each season, that I’m never quite satisfied with. This season, that’s all going to change!
When I first bought the property it was a huge, thorny bush of evil. Many hours and scratches later, this bush was gone and I planted an array of Spring-Blooming Bulbs. That spring, the early show was spectacular, but once the spring blooms were done the garden was a little bare. The next fall I added a few more Bulbs and our Fall Max Wildflower Mix, thinking that the wildflower blooms would take over once the Tulips and Daffodils were done. This is when I realized how little sun the area actually got. The Wildflowers did their best and were pretty, but there just wasn’t enough sun for them to grow to their fullest potential.
Cut to: Now (Fall 2013). This is it. This is the season I get this garden right! I’ve carefully and painstakingly chosen my plants, factoring in sunlight, soil type and spread. I have chosen: One Hydrangea All Summer Beauty (love the blue blooms), 3 Dwarf Hosta Medioveriagata, 5 Mixed Astilbes (great texture), 3 Pink Bleeding Hearts, and 3 Strawberry Candy Daylilies. Quite a nice array of colors and textures, right? I figure there will still be dozens of perennial Tulips and Daffodils that will put on an early spring show, offsetting my new Perennials quite nicely.
I just received my order in the mail and am planting today. My Hydrangea looks amazing and I can’t wait to (hopefully) design this garden for the last time. I’ll be sure to post pictures this coming spring and summer once everything is growing.
Have you struggled with once specific part of your garden before? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.
My challenging garden — Just before planting today.
October 10, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: Astilbe, city gardening, daffodils, daylilies, garden design, hosta, Hydrangea, shade, Small space garden, tulips, urban landscaping Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers
We’re excited to announce our Fall Garden Giveaway!Â Enter here for the chance to win a $500 Gift Certificate to use on any Fall-Planted Bulbs,Â Perennials,Â Wildflower Seed,Â Gardening Tools,Â and more. Our lucky winner will also win aÂ FREE garden consultationÂ withÂ the Seed Man, who is a certified Master Gardener and Wildflower expert. We love gardening in the crisp fall weather and hope you do too!
Contest ends October 20th. Enter today!
We are frequently asked: "What can I do to ensure my amaryllis are in bloom for the holidays?" Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to grow (no green thumb required) and will bloom 6 to 10 weeks after planting. If you want to ensure blooms for the holidays, below are a few things you can do.
Plant Multiple Varieties
The time between planting and bloom varies for different Amaryllis varieties, so plant several varieties for a long season of bloom.
Stagger Planting Times
Starting in mid to late October, plant one Amaryllis Bulb every week for three or four weeks.That way, bulbs will be in different stages of growth and one or more will be in bloom for the holidays.
Modify the Growing Environment
Although it’s best to grow Amaryllis at room temperature, you can vary the growth rate by modifying the temperature.Once the flower stalk is formed, you can slow its growth by placing the plant in a room that’s a bit cooler (55 to 60F) or speed its growth with warmer temperatures (75 to 80 F). You will want to water sparingly, only about once per week.
Prolong the Life of Blooms
Once your Amaryllis is in full bloom, you can keep it looking its best by keeping it at cool room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If it’s on display in a warm room, just put it in a cool (55 to 60F) place at night.
September 30, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: amaryllis, amaryllis bulbs, amaryllis gift, holiday amaryllis, planting amaryllis Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos
Although these photo submissions did not win our 2013 Summer Photo Contest, we wanted to share their beauty with you anyway. Enjoy!
Sweet William – Submitted by Dawn S.
Viola – Submitted by Joyce V.
Echinacea – Submitted by Pamela R.
Hibiscus – Submitted by Valerie B.
Perennial Garden – Submitted by Allison E.
Bouquet – Submitted by Dawn S.
We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we did. Happy Gardening!
September 26, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Customer photos, hibiscus, Perennials, Photo Contest, Purple Coneflower, Sweet William, Viola Â· Posted in: Contests, Customer Stories, Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials, Wildflowers
As proud members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA) we’ve been supplying golf courses around the country with our proven wildflower seeds for years.Â We’ve worked on thousands of projects, from adding color to tee box areas, to helping cut down on mowing expenses by installing wildflowers across the course. We have the solutions!
We put together a custom blend that included a number of annual varieties such as Zinnias, Cosmos, Cornflower, Poppies, and more to give him quick color this season and also included a number of perennial varieties such as Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, and Daisies, for the second and successive seasons.Â Wanting to get a jump on the planting season, Jason prepared and sowed the seed at the end of April.Â
As you can see the results have been fantastic and the members have been very happy!
It’s apparent from these photos that Wildflowers can make a nice addition to any course.Â They not only add color, but can also help reduce costs.Â If you’re interested in adding Wildflowers to your course, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d be more than happy to discuss how you can create beautiful color on your course, just like Jason and the Burlington Country Club.
Happy Gardening! – Mike “The Seed Man” Lizotte
September 19, 2013
Â· Mike Lizotte Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Commercial seeding, Custom Wildflower Mix, golf course, Landscaping, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Wildflowers