From:Grapevine, TX Region: Southwest Topic: Wildflowers Title: Wildflower seeds to be sown on roadway for wedding Answered by: Joe Marcus
My daughter is planning an outdoor wedding reception at a ranch in
Granbury, Texas, on April 29, 2006. We would like to sow wildflower seeds
along the roadway leading to the ranch. What flowers would you recommend
so they would be in full bloom at that time of year? Isn't this the ideal
time to plant the seeds? What specific planting instructions would you
While I think your idea is wonderful, your results may be somewhat less than you are hoping for. Unfortunately, there is no way to schedule wildflowers to bloom on a specific date. Even those plants that normally flower at the end of April may appear earlier or later next year. There's just no way to be sure. Weather, predation, disease, even roadside mowing can all affect flowering time and intensity.
Many of our best roadside wildflowers are perennials which would not provide many flowers the first year after sowing. Some of the showier annuals that might flower at that time are Bluebonnet (toward the end of their season), Indian Blanket (just beginning their season), Drummond's Phlox and Coreopsis. Early autumn is the best time to sow most wildflower seeds in Texas.
Another consideration is ownership of the roadside. You should consult with and get the permission of the state, county, city or private landowner of the roadside that you wish to plant before you do anything.
We have written a series of articles on native plant gardening. You may want to refer to them in our online Native Plant Library. Two articles specific to your question can be found in the Native Plant Library Wildflower Meadow Gardening and Planting Wildflowers along Roadside.
More Wildflowers Questions
Mrs. Johnsons favorite flower November 27, 2007 - I recall the the Black-eyed Susan was Lady Bird Johnson's favorite flower, is that true?
Did she have other favorites?
view the full question and answer
Should I thin my bluebonnet seedlings in Austin, TX October 20, 2009 - It is October, and we have hundreds, maybe thousands, of bluebonnets sprouting at Eilers Park. The seeds are from plants we installed last year. They look like they should be thinned. Should we thin t... view the full question and answer
Possible locations of fields of Forget-Me-Nots, Myosotis March 04, 2006 - This might be kind of a weird question but me and my girlfriend have a really special thing with the forget me not wild
flowers, and I will be asking her to marry me soon and would love to do it in a... view the full question and answer
Wildflowers planted in Pittsfield, IL to bloom the first of October July 01, 2010 - If I plant my wildflower seeds now in Illinois, is it possible they will bloom in three months (by the very beginning of October)? view the full question and answer
Plants for a Septic Field in NC August 14, 2013 - What kinds of low water plants can I plant over a new septic field in North Carolina? The area is part sun so I am concerned about having trouble getting grass started. view the full question and answer