Blooming Desert Meadows

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17th December, 2013 Comments are closed

Blooming Desert Meadows

There are many great reasons to consider seeding wild flowers into your landscape now. It takes very little effort and you get a huge return! Not only will the wildflowers create a stunning display of spring color but they will also provide nectar & seed for hummingbirds, butterflies and desert songbirds. Turf areas that receive wildflower seed instead of being over-seeded with winter grass will become blooming meadows in the spring. The decomposed granite areas that are seeded with wildflowers, add a natural look to your landscape and are generally low maintenance. Wildflowers are adapted to our soil, can tolerate our heat and require little water.

Popular varieties that we recommend include: Mexican Gold Poppy; California Poppy; Toadflax (wild snapdragon); Red or Scarlet Flax; Desert Lupine; Owl’s Clover; Penstemon; Bluebells; Baby Blue Eyes; Mexican Hat; and Golden Fleece Daisy. We do not recommend the African Daisy which can become invasive. Wildflower seeds can be purchased from a number of sources and easily mail ordered to you.

A great local source is Wild Seed in Tempe at (602) 276-3536, offering many specialized mixes for our area and lots of single species. To ensure your success in decomposed granite areas, simply sprinkle your seeds in a sunny location and hose them down into the granite to create a seed-to-soil contact. The area will have to remain moist while the seed germinate so sprinkle a little water on them as needed. Once the seedlings appear and are about two or more inches tall, only water when they are showing signs of stress. The new plants will not require fertilizer and in spring will offer a showy display! After blooming, allow the wildflowers to seed before removing the spent plants. The plants have self-seeded your landscape and will now provide years of wonderful color!