Shade Wildflower Mix
This mix of partial-shade tolerant annual, perennial, native, and introduced wildflowers is selected to grow well in many geographical areas. Many of these species prefer cooler partial shady areas, however many are fairly drought tolerant. You will find that this mix will adapt to varying microclimates within your planting area where different species will do better in one area and other species will do better in other areas.
Species in our Shade Wildflower Mix:
McKana’s Columbine – (Aquilegia hybrida) These large showy blooms have long spurs in a wide range of colors. A great woodland perennial for the naturalized garden These graceful perennials are a favorite of hummingbirds and hawk moths. The colors range from blue to red, violet, or purple and yellow.
Rocket Larkspur – (Delphinium consolida) Spikes of striking cobalt blue, pink or white spurred flowers will brighten gardens in the mid to late summer. These naturalized annuals are vigorous growers with prolific blooms towering over feathery foliage.
Shasta Daisy – (Chrysanthemum maximum) The full, sparkling-white flowers of this species are a familiar sight in gardens and meadows everywhere.
Chinese Forget-Me-Not – (Cynoglossum amabile) Hardy, bushy plants with greyish-green, pointed leaves and clumps of extremely-bright, blue flowers.
Candytuft – (Iberis umbellata) Candytuft is an easy-to-grow introduced wildflower with clusters of tiny, deep pink, violet to white flowers and fragrant. The foliage is deep green and glossy growing close to the ground.
Sweet William Pinks – With clusters of dainty rose, pink, and white flowers and delightful scent, these colorful perennials are a standard for classic wildflower gardens.
Purple Coneflower – A hardy, long-lived perennial with large flowers with purple-pink petals surrounding a dark, distinctive cone-shaped center on tall, sturdy, hairy stems.
Mountain Garland – This showy California native is often found in woodland areas where the quick-growing mass of pink flowers is sure to catch the eye. The ruffled flowers in shades of pink to reddish-purple are displayed along leafed, waxy stems.
Baby Blue-Eyes – a spring-blooming annual wildflower that gets its name from the bright blue flowers on a low spreading shrub-like plant with succulent stems.
Mixed Shirley Poppy -The red, pink, white and salmon flowers with single and double petal forms bring a burst of color to the spring garden.
Lance-leaf Coreopsis – These have bright, yellow, daisy-like flowers with flat yellow center disks. These prefer full sun and good drainage but will tolerate partial shade. A good plant for poor, dry soils.
Plains Coreopsis – A distinctive, native annual with sunny yellow and mahogany flowers. These are very easy to grow from seed and will reseed quite readily.
Gloriosa Daisy – This is a very drought tolerant plant with large 4″ blooms with maroon centers surrounded by rays of yellow and red petals.
Bachelor Button – An introduced, annual species that will grow just about anywhere and does well in sun or partial shade. Bright blue flowers top tall stems.
Bird’s Eye Gilia – A low-growing, annual species native to the western United States that has clusters of beautiful tube-shaped flowers on taller stalks that are lavender at the tips, fading to golden towards the throat and deep violet in the center. Hummingbirds love this fragrant summer bloomer.
Black-eyed Susan – This is a naturalized biennial that bursts with brilliant yellow flowers with maroon centers on tall stalks and will often bloom within the first year. Birds love the seed heads.
Five Spot -Nemophila maculata has an unusual bloom design; white with single blue-purple spots on the tips of each of its five petals, that is believed to have evolved to capture the attention of native solitary bees. It’s an early cool-season annual flower that prefers shady moist areas. Nemophila loosely translates as “woodland lover.”
Firewheel – Gaillardia aristata is a drought-tolerant perennial species with bright daisies of red and gold rays around maroon centers. Easy-to-grow, collect the seeds and re-sow for more plants.
Blanket Flower – Gaillardia pulchella is a drought-tolerant annual species that looks very similar to Firewheel.
California Poppy – Eschscholzia californica is an extremely drought-tolerant annual that will re-seed easily or a perennial in mild climates. These beautiful 2-3″ funnel-shaped, golden-orange flowers are long-blooming.
Siberian Wallflower – Cheiranthus allionii, a biennial or perennial in warmer climates, forms clusters of bright orange flowers above a canopy of evergreen foliage. This early-spring, fragrant flower is attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.
Recommended Seeding Rates
(from lush to moderate coverage)
1 oz. 100 -150 sq ft.
4 oz. 375 – 500 sq ft.
8 oz. 750 – 1000 sq ft.
1 lb. 1,500 – 2,000 sq ft.
5 lb. 7,500 – 10,000 sq ft.
10 lb 15,000 – 25,000 sq ft.
25 lb. 1-2 acres (1 acre = 43,560 sq ft.)
For more information, check out our Wildflower Seed Planting Tips.