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Cosmos in mass planting

Individual species plantings are striking

Southeast native wildflower planting

A field of wildflowers from a seed mix

As you browse through the beautiful pictures on this website, you’re bound to wonder whether it would be better to choose a seed mix or to pick out your favorite individual flowers.

If you are the type who likes control in the garden, individual seeds will be much better. You can decide who grows where and there can be “wild order” to your wildflowers. If you are planning a cut flower garden you can use our cottage garden mix. In a more formal landscape setting, use individuals so you can control height, color, texture, and the other characteristics that are important to your plans. There are great seed companies packaging individual varieties of many native flowers and garden favorites. One local favorite is Baker Creek Seeds.

If you are free spirited and can handle the randomness offered in any flower seed mix your garden will be unique. Seed mixes offer good color and variety to roadside frontage or a meadow. Our Holland Wildflower Farm regional wildflower mixes give you a good sampling of your area native wildflowers. You can sow the mix and see which flowers love your conditions. And of course, if your primary goal is to brighten up an area through the growing season a seed mix is most efficient and cost-effective way.

Use native grasses sparked in or around your flower areas and they will be attractive to the eye and the wildlife that will use them for food and cover throughout the fall and winter. You may want to plant them adjacent to flower areas so that they can be maintained separately. If you are ready to mow your flowers in the fall you can still leave the flowering heads of the grasses to feed and offer texture to the winter landscape.

If you are ready for a prairie restoration use our wide variety of regional prairie grass and flower mixes to get authentic habitat back in your landscape. It is a noble and worthwhile attempt to restore our lands to the way they were before prairies became our croplands and subdivisions.