Planting wildflowers in your North Texas landscape is great way to attract native birds, bees, butterflies and other insects to your yard. All you need to do is…
1) Select a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sun.
2) Remove any weeds or lawn grass and break up the soil surface with a rake.
3) Apply wildflower seed in Fall or early Spring. (Fall sowing is best in North Texas.) The seeds don’t need to be buried. They just need to be in contact with the soil. Walking over the area after sowing is often all it takes.
4) Wait. Trust the seeds. When conditions are right, they will germinate.
Those are the basic steps. If you want more details, please consult the links and resources we’ve compiled below.
Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide by Campell Loughmiller, Lynn Loughmiller and Joe Marcus
Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy
Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
BLOGS & WEBSITES
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
How To – A collection of several “How To” blogs related to wildflowers
How to Prepare Seeds for Sowing
How to Plant a Wildflower Meadow
North Central Texas Recommended Species
Texas Top 20 – “Texas is home to thousands of species of wildflowers. Here are the top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer.”
Denton County Master Gardeners Association
Growing Wildflowers from Seed PDF – A downloadable PDF covering the basics of planting wildflowers in North Texas
Pollinator Friendly Yards on Facebook
Homegrown National Park
Texas A&M Wildflowers in Bloom
WILDFLOWER SEED SOURCES
American Meadows – Vermont
Texas and Oklahoma Wildflower Seed Mix
True Leaf Market – Utah
Eden Brothers – North Carolina
Texas Wildflower Seed Mix
Tutorial on Planting & Growing A Wildflower Meadow
by Eden Brothers
WILDFLOWERS: How to Plant and Grow wildflowers that Come Back Year after Year!
by Growing in the Garden
Plant Wildflower Seeds
from Central Texas Gardener
How to Plant Wildflowers in the Fall
by Eden Brothers
Growing a Greener World Episode 1011: Creating a Meadow Garden, Anywhere Around Your Yard