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The Aster

Wildflower Seeds by Sandy Swegel July is when the aster begins to shine in the garden.  We were walking around a hot drought xeric garden yesterday where many flowering plants were going to seed (ah, flax and larkspur we miss your blues already) or had complete browned and been cut back (goodbye poppies).  Amid the […]


Southeastern Wildflower Mix

This mixture of annuals, perennials, native and introduced wildflowers is designed to withstand the hot, humid summers of the Southeastern states. The annuals will bloom the first year and the perennials will become established the first year and bloom in subsequent years. Over seeding with a mixture of all annual wildflower species each year will help to re-establish the seasonal flush of color until the perennials are fully established.


Columbine, Eastern – Aquilegia canadensis

This perennial species is found in dry woodlands and along open, rocky bluffs, hillsides and rocky beaches.  A native to eastern and central North America, this species is a primary nectar source for hummingbirds and other native pollinators, and will bloom from March to July.  The downward facing flowers with red sepals and yellow petals that turn red toward the end of the spur, grow on tall stems with medium-green, lobed leaves.  A hardy perennial wildflower, this species will easily re-seed and grows well in woodlands or meadows.


Northeastern Wildflower Mix

This is a beautiful mixture of annuals, perennials, native and introduced wildflowers known to grow well in the Northeastern U.S.A.  The annuals will bloom the first year as the perennials become established.  Over-seeding with a mixture of all annuals in the following years will continue the flush of color that the annuals provide.


Aster, Tansy – Machaeranthera bigelovii

Also known as Bigelow’s Aster and Colorado Aster

New classification:  Machaeranthera bigelovii

This extremely drought tolerant perennial loves the sun or partial shade. Planted in bunches, this fairly tall species will provide a stunning splash of violet. Also known as Purple Tansy Aster or Sticky Aster, this western native will bloom in the late summer and fall. Plant this seed in bunches rather than mixed with other species for a splash of color. The established plants will grow well in sandy soil with little water.