En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - April 20, 2011

From: Van, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seeds and Seeding, Wildflowers
Title: Need information about broadcasting wildflower seeds in a pasture 70 miles east of Dallas, TX.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

We recently moved to upper east TX - 70 miles East of Dallas. I would like to broadcast wildflowers in our pasture. I'm assuming I'll need to wait until next fall, but not sure about that. Can you tell me what will grow well in this fairly sandy and somewhat acidic soil? Thank you

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants has two resources that you can use to help with this project. 

The first is our "How to Articles" page where we have information about many gardening topics.

I'd like to call you attention to three articles; Getting Started, Recreating a Prairie, and Meadow Gardening. All of these should be very helpful in carrying out your project.

Another good source of information is the Dallas Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT).

For plant selection, go to our Recommended Species List  and click on East Texas. This will bring up a list of 133 commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in East Texas.You can use the Narrow Your Search feature on the right of the page to trim your list to the types of plants you prefer, eg Herbs, Shrubs , etc. Visit our Suppliers Directory to locate businesses that sell native plants or seeds or provide professional landscape or consulting services in our area.

 

 

More Wildflowers Questions

Planting for wildlife in Union County, New Jersey.
September 23, 2010 - I would like to get rid of my front lawn, which is small, and replace with wildflowers or something that bees, birds, butterflies would like. Live in Union County, New Jersey, which is central-north....
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants on wildflower meadow gardening
December 08, 2004 - My local elementary school in Decatur, Texas (north central) has an open field of wonderful wildflowers in front of it. This year, they were mowed before the flowers went to seed. What is a good rul...
view the full question and answer

Lupines annual or perennial in Zone 4b from Austin
November 08, 2012 - Are lupines treated as perennials or annuals in Zone 4b (Northeast) if they are planted in the ground? Will other native species of lupines grow in a region they are not native to? Any recommendations...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers for hill with erosion in San Carlos, CA
September 22, 2012 - What wildflowers would you suggest for our hills that have erosion, low ground cover in San Carlos, California?
view the full question and answer

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

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center