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USING GRASSES WITH WILDFLOWERS
SUGGESTED GRASS CHOICES

Wildflowers are at their best sown alone, but they also can be planted with grasses (Into new bare soil sites) for most areas of the United States, we recommend using one of our native grass mixtures such as prairie grass and wildflower seed. Planting into existing grass sites (lawns, pastures, etc.) is more difficult.

(1) PLANTING INTO NEW SITES (Grasses & Wildflowers)

Keep in mind that generally over time grasses tend to become denser and more established.. resulting in less wildflower plants remaining in your site over a period of time.  In some cases you may loose all wildflowers over time due to grass competition.  See below about planting into existing grasses.

For specific requirements, individual species may be preferred. Hard Fescue or Sheep fescue works well in most areas of the United States. However in the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina, we recommend warm-season grasses; Hard and Sheep Fescue will not thrive in these Southern state climates.

Follow the recommended planting rates when using grasses with wildflowers. A higher planting rate for grass seed is recommended when planting grasses alone; While a much lower planting rate is recommended if you are including wildflowers.  Warm-season grasses to consider, for the southeastern USA, include the Grammas, Buffalo Grass and Bluestems. These grasses grow very slowly and are planted for aesthetic and ecological reasons rather than prompt stabilization of soil.

Keep in mind that over time grasses (and weeds) will tend to replace much of the wildflowers present on your site because grasses are more persistent and more aggressive.

Avoid Planting Aggressive Grasses With Wildflowers

Aggressive grasses should be avoided because they will crowd out most wildflowers. These aggressive grasses include Kentucky Bluegrass, Smooth Brome, Crested Wheatgrass, Bermuda Grass and Annual Rye. If wildflowers must be used with these grasses, the flowers should be planted in high-density patches as accents to the grassed areas. Or the wildflowers may be planted with the grasses if the planting rates of the grasses are reduced significantly. Over time these grasses may dominate and out compete your wildflowers resulting in a pure grass stand.

 EXISTING GRASS AREAS

(2) PLANTING INTO AREAS SUCH AS PASTURES & LAWNS.
*** ALL SITES WITH EXISTING GRASSES *** (Including weeds):

In most cases if you try and plant wildflower seeds directly into lawns, pastures or other areas where existing grasses and weeds are present YOUR ATTEMPT IS MOST LIKELY TO FAIL...  Unless you first remove at least 50% of existing vegetation, so as to give the wildflower plants somewhat of a chance to compete.

NOTE THAT your best results will be obtained by planting on completely cleared ground (no existing weeds or grasses).  For the least risk, we highly recommend that you remove ALL existing grass and weed vegetation to avoid competition from existing plants prior to trying to establish a new crop of wildflowers.  This will give you the highest chance for success.  This is especially important with weeds (removal of weedy plants) as weeds tend to me even more aggressive than grasses.  See our site preparation instructions for more on correctly preparing your site.

Keep in mind that over time grasses (and weeds) will tend to replace much of the wildflowers present on your site because grasses are more persistent and more aggressive.

 SUGGESTIONS FOR GRASS & WILDFLOWER AREAS

Native Grass & Prairie Grass With Wildflowers

PRAIRIE GRASSES & WILDFLOWERS
GRASS + WILDFLOWER SEED

Over time most grasses tend to create a dense turf, reducing the stand of wildflowers. You can offset this some by overseeding each year, but you need to roto-till or scratch up the ground so that good seed / soil contact (coverage) can occur with your wildflower seeds. 

As your grasses become more dense and more solidly established. over time they will tend to expand their coverage of available "turf space", resulting in the wildflowers (especially the annuals) having little room to germinate.  The grasses also tend to be more aggressive in growing resulting in "shading" out underlying plants and newly germinated wildflower seedlings.


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PHOTOGRAPHS / NOTE: The color of wildflowers viewed in digital pictures on this site will vary depending on the monitor used and display settings.  The actual grow-out color of any wildflower species will depend on many unknown variables including site fertility, weather, time of year, lighting effects for the time of day, etc. Colors of any one wildflower usually will vary in shade from pictures available on this site or from the same or similar wildflowers grown at different locations. While we make every effort to try and present the most likely true color of wildflowers on this site, pictures shown are not guaranteed to be true to color.
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Alyssum, Carpet-Snow
Alyssum, Dwarf Sw Pink
Alyssum, Dwarf Sw.Pur.
Alyssum, Sweet
Aster, Bigelow's
Aster, China
Aster, Golden
Aster, New England
Aster, Prairie
Aster, Sky Blue
Aster, Smooth
Aster, White Upland
Baby Blue-Eyes
Baby's Breath, Annual
Baby's Breath, PER.
Balsamroot, Arrowleaf
Basket of Gold
Beardtongue, Nar. Lf
Beeplant, Rocky Mtn.
Bellflower, Tussock
Bergamot
Bird's Eyes
Bishop's Flower
Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan Sw.
Black-Eyed Susan vine
Blazing Star
Blazing Star, Rough
Blood Flower
Bluebell, California
Bluebonnet, Texas
Boneset
Bundleflower, Illinois
Calendula
Candytuft, Annual
Candytuft, Perennial
Catchfly
Catchfly, Nodding
Chamomile, Roman
Chicory
Chinese Forget-me-not
Chinese Houses
Clarkia
Clarkia, Deerhorn
Clover, Crimson
Clover, Prairie Purple
Clover, Prairie White
Clover, Round Bush
Columbine, Blue
Columbine, Dwarf
Columbine, Eastern
Columbine, Mix Colors
Compass Plant
Coneflower, Clasping
Coneflower, Cutleaf
Coneflower, Dwarf Red
Coneflower, Grey-Head
Coneflower, MexicanHat
Coneflower, Narrow-lf
Coneflower, Pale Purple
Coneflower, Prairie
Coneflower, Purple
Coneflower, Yellow
Coreopsis, Dwarf Lance
Coreopsis, Dwarf Plains
Coreopsis, Red Plains
Coreopsis, Lance-leaf
Coreopsis, Plains
Cornflower - Polka Dot
Cornflower, Blue
Cornflower, Dwarf Blue
Cosmos
Cosmos, Dwarf
Cosmos, Sulphur
Cup Plant
Daisy, African
Daisy, Creeping
Daisy, Dwarf Shasta
Daisy, Engleman
Daisy, English
Daisy, Fleabane
Daisy, Garland
Daisy, Gloriosa
Daisy, Ox-Eye
Daisy, Painted
Daisy, Shasta
Daisy, Sleepy
Daisy, Yellow
Dame's Rocket
Edelweiss
Five-Spot
Flax, Blue
Flax, Lewis
Flax, Scarlet
Forget-Me-Not
Four-O'clock
Foxglove

Gaillardia, Annual
Gaillardia, Per. Dwarf
Gaillardia, Perennial
Gaillardia, Yellow
Gaura
Gayfeather
Gayfeather, Thickspike
Gilia
Gilia, Globe
Gilia, Scarlet
Globemallow, Goose Lf
Globemallow, Scarlet
Godetia, Dwarf
Godetia, Lilac
Goldeneye, Showy
Goldenrod, Rigid
Golden Alexander
Goldfields
Greenthread
Hyssop, Lavender
Indian Paintbrush
Iris, Wild Blue
Ironweed, Prairie
Johnny Jump-Up
Larkspur, Rocket
Larkspur, Western
Leadplant
Lupine, Arroyo
Lupine, Mountain
Lupine, Per. Purple
Lupine, Russell
Lupine, Yellow
Mallow, Tree
Maltese Cross
Marigold, Desert
Marigold, French
Milkweed, Butterfly
Milkweed, Showy
Milkweed, Swamp
Mint, Lemon
Monkeyflower
Nodding Pink Onion
Partridge Pea
Penstemon, Palmer
Penstemon, Rocky Mtn.
Penstemon, Shelf-Leaf
Penstemon, Smooth
Petunia, Wild
Phlox, Ann. Mix Colors
Phlox, Mountain
Phlox, Red Annual
Pinks, Cottage
Pinks, Fringed
Pinks Maiden
Pinks, Sweet William
Poppy, Calif. Orange
Poppy, Corn
Poppy, Dwarf California
Poppy, Iceland
Poppy, Oriental
Poppy, Red Corn
Poppy, Calif.Mix Colors
Primrose, Com. Evening
Primrose, Dwarf Evening
Primrose, Pale Evening
Primrose, Showy Even.
Primrose, Tall Evening
Rattlesnake Master
Rockcress, Purple
Rockcress, White
Sage, Blue
Sage, Pitcher
Sage, Scarlet
Sagewort, Prairie
Snapdragon, Spurred
Sneezeweed, Autumn
Snow -in-summer
Soapwort
Spiderwort, Ohio
Spiderwort, Prairie
Stock, Virginia
Sunflower
Sunflower, Maximilian
Sunflower, Ox-Eye
Sweet Blk-Eyed Susan
Sweet Pea, Perennial
Thyme, Creeping
Tickseed, Leavenworth

Tidy-Tips
Trefoil, Bird's Foot
Verbena, Moss
Vervain, Blue
Vervain, Hoary
Wallflower, English
Wallflower, Siberian
Yarrow, Gold
Yarrow, Red
Yarrow, Western
Yarrow, White
Zinnia, Classic
Zinnia, Creeping
Zinnia, Pumila Mix

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