Wildflowers are such a rewarding feature in a native garden. Your neighbors and friends will be amazed by the color and variety. If last year’s flowers were allowed to go to seed, and followed by good winter/spring rains, the flowers will delight us by coming out in great numbers and all corners of the garden.
In the fall, you can plant seed obtained from commercial sources such as local native plant nurseries, or at botanical garden or CNPS plant sales. All of the flowers pictured here were grown from seed obtained either at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s (RSABG) fall sale, Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, or the CNPS San Diego Chapter fall plant sale.
In the spring, if it’s early enough you can still plant seed, and California poppy will have time to come up and flower even if the seed is planted as late as March. You also may spot wildflower plants sold in small containers, and these can be great for that splash of color, and also to provide a seed source for next year’s bonanza.