Finally a wildflower mixture that will thrive in Canadian gardens! Our wildflower mixes are formulated with an ideal ratio of wildflower to grass species and the appropriate amount of seed for your application site. Our mixes contain spring, summer and fall blooms in a variety of colours to provide a continuous nectar supply to a range of pollinators.
The 'Lakeshore Wildflower Seed Mix' is suited to full sun areas and sites with medium to wet conditions. The mix can be applied to lakeshore, lowland and wetland sites. The mix is ideal for fall sowing. Spring sowing is possible, however note some species may not come up until the following spring (after they overwinter).
Contains: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), Grey-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Dense Blazingstar (Liatris spicata), Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), Spotted Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Canada Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense), Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani), Annual Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis), Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi) and Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula).
General Sowing Instructions
Ideally, direct garden sowing should take place in the late fall after the first frost, mid September to end of October. This allows seeds to overwinter outdoors, which imitates their natural dormancy period and improves germination. Early spring sowing can be done directly outdoors from April to July, if seeds are overwintered/ stratified for 6-8 weeks beforehand. Note, if seeds cannot be stratified, many will not germinate until the following spring and germination rates may be slightly lower.
Remove existing vegetation then lightly work the soil to ensure compaction does not impede germination. Rake a fine seedbed then broadcast the seed evenly across the area. In order to ensure good soil/ seed contact, use a seed roller or walk over seeds for smaller sites. Do not bury the seeds- they should ideally have good contact with the soil but still be exposed to sunlight. For spring planting, keep evenly watered through the first two weeks of germination, or until seedlings are strong and well established. For fall planting, watering is not generally required.
Patience is required when establishing a mix of native grasses and perennials as many flowers will not bloom until the second year of growth. After the first year of growth, a fall mowing to 15cm height is beneficial to help spread seeds and control weed growth the following spring.