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Many wildflowers—especially native varieties—have clever mechanisms in place that help protect them from germinating too early in the spring or too late in the summer. These varieties re-seed naturally in the wild and stay dormant until the proper time for them to start sprouting. More and more gardeners are seeing the benefits of growing native varieties in their landscapes and with a simple technique called cold stratification, you can easily add these wildflowers to your garden in the spring. The post How To Cold Stratify Seeds For Spring Planting appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
No matter why — or where — you grow wildflowers, the first step in creating a successful wildflower meadow is to start with the very best seed. In the 35 years we’ve been working with wildflowers, we’ve had the opportunity to speak with gardeners from all around the country to learn what they need for a meadow of any size. "Quick, bold color," "to support pollinators," and "to restore native landscapes" are the 3 reasons we hear time and again. We took these ideas and paired them with our wildflower expertise to specially formulate our regional wildflower mixtures. Year after year, these have been our most popular seed mixes and we never tire of the gorgeous meadow photos our customers send our way!The post The Best Meadows Start With Regional Wildflowers appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
As you probably know, there’s nothing better than getting a gift that grows. And with Valentine’s Day and spring just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put together DIY Garden Gifts for friends, significant others, kids, and more. These seed starting kits are super easy — and inexpensive — to make and can be customized to fit your creativity and personal style. This is a fun project for a cold winter afternoon and also a great activity to do with your childrenThe post DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
When William and Ellen Grickis renovated an 18th century barn into a rustic farmhouse in Rhode Island, they knew they wanted the entire property — inside and out — to feel special. After working with Mike “the Seed Man” here at American Meadows, they eventually ripped out 8,000 square ft. of their lawn and replaced it with a colorful wildflower meadow. The result is a picturesque scene right out of a storybook; a sea of annual wildflowers encompasses their charming farmhouse and each season they add more and more of the annual varieties that have stolen their hearts.The post Lawn Transformation: Wildflowers Surround An 18th Century Farmhouse appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
‘Winter Interest’ is a common term in the gardening world that we feel merits some explaining. When plant sellers and garden designers use this term, they mean that some or all of the plant in question keeps making you want to admire it throughout the coldest season of the year. Learn how to improve your winter garden's appeal with some of our favorite plants. The post How To Improve Your Winter Garden's Appeal appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Ornamental Grasses are some of the most important — and often underappreciated — features of any landscape, whether it be a native meadow or a formal perennial garden. These grasses provide height, structure, and year-long interest in the landscape and are an absolute ease to grow. What’s more, for many of us with long, snowy winters — they’re often the only glimpse of our once-green garden we get during the colder months. The post Gallery: Ornamental Grasses In Winter appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell you about the big ideas we think will be influencing the gardening world in the months ahead. Beyond popular colors and new varieties, big-picture themes always emerge on the world stage that prompt garden designers and plant breeders to shift their work towards our changing needs. This year, most of what we see heading your way has to do with population, technology, cooperation over competition, and plants that solve problems. Keep reading to see what we’ve come up with! The post 2018 Garden Trends appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
We've decided to give the traditional holiday wreath an American Meadows' makeover by adding our own sweet touch: dried wildflowers! All you need to easily make your own are some cut greens, berries, dried flowers from your garden, and a wreath form. The best part about making your own wreath is you can customize it with whatever decorations and ribbon fits your style. Once you make one of these, you’ll be hooked!The post Easy Holiday Wreath DIY appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
Although many gardeners work on their landscapes for the long haul, some may not be at their space for more than a season or don’t have the budget for perennial plants. The solution? A temporary garden! And just because a garden is temporary doesn’t mean it can’t be a spectacularly-designed reflection of your style and personality. The post Creating Temporary Gardens With Annuals appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mature Hydrangea shrub bursting with summer blooms (or know of a generous friend who does), consider making a hydrangea wreath. It’s an extremely easy — and rewarding — DIY project that looks much harder than it is. All you need are a dozen or so Hydrangea blooms, about $15 worth of crafting items from your local store, and an hour of time. The post Making A Hydrangea Wreath appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
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