Wildflower seed giveaway
Consider planting some wildflowers in your garden this year - not only will you enjoy the flowers, so will our local pollinators!
The 2021 wildflower seed mix giveaway is complete. Thanks for your interest and watch for it's return in the spring of 2022.
Why choose wildflowers?
- Many are local — familiar to our native pollinators and able to withstand the climate of Calgary.
- They bloom for long periods at varying times — this ensures pollinators have sources of nectar and pollen available from early spring through to the end of fall.
- They provide shelter — many native bees like to use flower stems for nesting.
How to plant wildflowers
- Place seeds into flower pot or bed with firmly packed soil. Ensure the area will not have competition from other plants.
- Cover seeds with 0.3 cm (1/8’’) of soil and press down firmly.
- Water on a regular basis to keep surface moist.
- After germination, thin out or transplant flowers so they are 25 - 30cm (10 - 12’’) apart.
These species will grow best in a dry to moist, sunny area. Flowers may not bloom until the second season.
A favorite for gardeners and pollinators alike, this plant has a long flowering period. Blanket flower blooms are especially attractive to butterflies and bees.
The flowers of this late season bloomer may look like one bloom. The ‘cone’ is actually is of a bunch of miniature flowers. This low maintenance plant is a favorite of our native bees.
Bees and butterflies love to sip the nectar from these fall blooming flowers. Purple coneflower is a member of the Echinacea family, which is often used to help stimulate immune systems.
The tall feathery leaves and small blue flowers of perennial blue flax make it a favorite for both gardeners and pollinators alike.