Wildflowers are so-named because they grow naturally in the wild without cultivation, but you can also plant most popular types to ensure the varieties you like come up just where you want them. If you prefer annuals, flowers that bloom profusely throughout a single season and then die, you’re in luck. There are many lovely wildflower annuals from which to choose; here are some of the most popular types of wildflowers.
Cosmos are delicate, daisy-like flowers that grow on long stems, and they are among the easiest wildflowers you can grow from seed. Although they are native to Mexico, they flourish in all regions of the United States. While full sun is required for optimal growth and bloom, cosmos are not particular about the soil in which they grow. They should be planted in the spring after the threat of frost has passed; by mid-summer, you’ll have a bed full of white, pink and maroon flowers that will continue blooming until the first winter frost.
Red poppies, commonly referred to as field poppies or Flanders poppies, are native to Europe but grow well in all zones of the U.S. These graceful flowers are appreciated for their long, slender stems and delicate, crepe-like petals. Red poppies require sun to grow, so be sure to plant them in a location that receives sun at least part of the day. They don’t grow well in clay, but will bloom profusely in loose soil that is neutral or slightly alkaline. Red poppies are likely the most popular type of wildflower, and they will seed themselves if left to die back naturally.
African daisies are colorful, herbaceous annuals that are native to South Africa, but grow well in all zones of the U.S. They grow close to the ground (the average height is about one foot), making them idea for beds and borders. African daisies require full sun and lightweight soil that drains quickly. Plant them in the spring after the threat of frost has passed, and you will enjoy orange, white, yellow and peach blooms from April through August. African daisies will seed themselves, so let them die back naturally in order to enjoy carefree blooms next year.