Plant Now for Spring Wildflowers

Central Texas is known for its drifts of spring wildflowers. It’s practically a rite of passage for kids to have their picture taken in a field of blooming bluebonnets. But we usually don’t think about wildflowers until the weather starts to warm up. And, that’s too late if you want your own personal patch.

In fact, fall and early winter is the perfect time of year to think wildflowers. Fall has almost come and gone, but it’s not too late to plant some wildflowers if you get going now.

Follow Jerry Parson’s step-by-step on how to create your own wildflower patch. Remember you always want to plant mixes native to the area and avoid mowing them down until the seed heads have dropped, usually late in the summer.

This mix is highlighted as one that can be planted in winter: purple coneflower; tickseed; cornflower; blanketflower; Indian blanket; drummond phlox; scarlet sage; candytuft; yellow cosmos; sweet William; cosmos; wallflower; lemon mint; tuber vervain; standing cypress; black-eyed Susan; shasta daisy; coreopsis; butterfly weed and toadflax.

To inspire us all to get out and plant wildflowers, send your favorite family bluebonnet pictures to post on our Pinterest board.

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Dana Nichols
As conservation manager at SAWS, Dana spent her days promoting beautiful San Antonio landscapes that need little to no water while benefiting Texas wildlife. While she’s no longer whipping up new landscape programs, she’s still cooking up delicious dinners made with fresh herbs from her low-water-use garden or planning the next trip with her husband, Rick -- preferably to some exotic place that requires a passport.
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