Evelyn Tanaka

Evelyn Tanaka

Wildflowers

Directions

 Your wildflower seed package contains a mix of native Alberta wildflower species that are great for pollinators like butterflies and bees.  Seeding Instructions: 

  1. In the spring mix seeds 50/50 with potting soil or sand
  2. Hand broadcast the mix over your prepared planting site
  3. Lightly rake the area and then walk over it to gently push the seeds down and protect them from birds, insects and wind
  4. Water well with a sprinkler but avoid creating puddles
  5. Mulch lightly to help protect moisture in the soil (optional) 

Maintenance Instructions: 

  1. Once plants are established continue to water deeply, ideally in the morning, and allow plants to dry in between watering
  2. Avoid spraying your wildflower garden with herbicides as it may kill the wildflowers 
  3. Hand weeding after watering when the soil is moist is easiest. Pull the entire weed out including the root
  4. Create a garden that invites natural predators like birds, bats, ladybugs, beetles and spiders to help you control pests like slugs, caterpillars, mosquitoes, aphids naturally without having to resort to pesticides

More information on site preparation, seeding and maintenance can be found here https://www.wildaboutflowers.ca/growing_tips.php 

Flower Species

Annual Sunflower

Annual sunflower

 This annual sunflower or prairie sunflower has large showy blooms in late summer and will reseed itself every year. Its flower can get to 4" wide and will light up any sunny space. This is great for any sunny garden and germinates and grow quickly making it a great choice for kids. Sunflowers attract lots of attention from a wide variety of birds and bees. 

Showy Jacob's Ladder

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This is one of the most versatile wildflowers around and it's showy to boot! Growing in almost every situation means you it's hard to go wrong when placing this plant. This wildflower one of our favorites with its compact form, attractive foliage and beautiful bright flowers that go on and on throughout the summer. Endless blooms means lots of seed, so expect to find it seeding itself around but it is easy to hand pull if seedlings are unwanted.

Wild Bergamot

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This wildflower has tons of appeal starting with its vivid pinky purple large, showy nectar filled blooms that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The heat of a summers day brings out the scent of Wild Bergamot which is great in any space. The clumping habit combined with the larger size of this wildflower really gives it presence in the landscape and cool autumn evenings turn the foliage an iridescent pinky red. This plant also works well in a smaller garden but is clump forming and may need to be divided after a few years. 

Smooth Fleabane

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Delightful daisy-like flowers of soft pink pop out of the landscape in July and August; this Fleabane blooms longer than most. Blooming in profusion all summer they attract butterflies, songbirds and your attention. This perennial works well in many situations ranging from small city gardens to large naturalized plantings. 

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black Eyed Susan's bloom and flowering lasts into into the fall. Black-Eyed Susan's are short lived perennials that will re-seed themselves around but in the foothills this late flowering means the seed may not have the time to mature before winter hits and so they may eventually die out. This wildflower was introduced to Alberta and has naturalized itself but it is a plant of the eastern and central prairies.