This morning is a great example of my insanely beautiful life here at the pollinators’ paradise we call Wildflower Farm. Just yesterday on Facebook, one of Wildflower Farm’s loyal friends asked “What’s in bloom right now at the Farm?” How better to answer her question than with a big fat bouquet filled with many of wildflowers in bloom right now. I couldn’t fit every single wildflower and native grass in bloom into the bouquet. You’ll find list of the species in bloom that didn’t make it into the bouquet at the end of this blog post.
Allow me to introduce you to each of the wildflowers in this bouquet. Monarda fistulosa or Wild Bergamot sporting soft mauve, crown-shaped blossoms, the blooms and leaves smell minty and indeed Monarda fistulosa is a member of the mint family. It’s a super accomodating plant that stays in bloom for many weeks and grows happily in full sun or part shade. Veronicastrum virginicum or Culver’s Root, it’s easy to spot the tall white spires of this plant from a great distance! Bright yellow Heliopsis helianthoides or Ox-Eye Sunflower is an absolute workhorse in the garden.
I am absolutely enchanted with Amorpha canescens or Leadplant! This native shrub is in its glory this time of year sporting purple flower spikes flecked with gold!
Parthenium integrifolium or Wild Quinine, is a beautiful white wildflower that blooms all summer and into the fall, growing in in full sun or part shade.
Asclepias tuberosa or Butterflyweed, this bright orange Milkweed loves full sun and sandy soil and, of course, is an essential food source for Monarch Butterflies. Look how beautifully it works as a cut flower!!!
Silphium perfoliatum or Cup Plant is a tall, majestic, wildflower with bright yellow flowers. Its thick square stems combine with sturdy leaves to form a cup that holds water for the birds. Monarda punctata or Dotted Mint grows triple decker blooms of soft pink and white. Rudbeckia hirta or Black Eyed Susan are the classic cheery yellow and brown wildflowers that grow in sun or shade. Agastache foeniculum or Anise Hyssop smells and tastes like licorice. Ratibida pinnata or Yellow Coneflower offers bright yellow droopy petals on very thin stems. Pycnanthemum virginianum or Mountain Mint is an essential plant for bee keepers; this lovely member of the mint family has white flowers. Attention summer drink mixologists! Mountain Mint tastes rather like spearmint and works well in mojitos!
A Carnival of Coneflowers! Echinacea purpurea or Purple Coneflower, is there anyone not acquainted with the effervescent purple coneflower? Echinacea pallida or Pale Purple Coneflower is a tall, long-blooming tall member of the coneflower family. Echinacea paradoxa or Ozark coneflower is both goofy and elegant with its giant conehead and huge yellow petals.
And here are the beauties are also in bloom in my mid-summer wildflower gardens and meadows that either didn’t fit into this giant bouquet or don’t work well as cut flowers: Artemesia ludoviciana or Silver Sage is an elegant silvery ground cover for sun or shade. Bright yellow Coreopsis lanceolata or Lanceleaf Coreopsis; Gallardia aristata or Blanket Flower – everyone knows this bright red, orange and yellow wildflower! The low growing and elegant native grass, Sporobolus heterolepis or Prairie Dropseed. Astragalus canadensis or Canada Milkvetch has soft yellow lupin-like blossoms. Verbena stricta or Hoary Vervain sports bright purple blossoms. Eryngium yuccifolium or Rattlesnake Master is the ancient ancestor of the blue sea holly.
Gravel and rock garden plants are amazing! Very few of these beauties function well as cut flowers but they are truly the ultimate drought tolerant plants grow in full sun in pure gravel! Ruellia humilis or Wild Petunia is a great rock garden plant that thrives in gravely soil and full sun. Callirhoe involucrata or Purple Poppy Mallow, its cousin Callirhoe digitata or Fringed Poppy Mallow and another cousin Callirhoe bushii or Bush’s Poppy Mallow.
Supporting Beneficial Wildlife! Remember, each of these wildflowers has a long standing mutually beneficial relationship with pollinators and beneficial insects. So, if you are planning on starting or expanding your wildflower garden start with our Wildflower Seed Selector Tool to choose the wildflowers that will grow successfully in your site conditions. It’s easy to grow all these beautiful wildflowers from seed! And this fall is the best time to start your wildflower seeds.