Wild flowers are resistant natural plants, which can grow without help, in any type of soil, more or less fertile. Despite their resilient nature and ability to survive in poor soil many wild flowers do not live long after they have been transplanted, and moved elsewhere. A number of wild flowers have disappeared after being removed from their native environment.
The most important factor to consider when planting wild flowers is compatibility with new conditions. For example, wild flowers that grow in temperate areas do not like warmer areas and vice versa. The second factor is space. Many wild flowers disappear because they do not have enough space to grow. The third factor is competition between species; some wild flowers will multiply a lot to the detriment of others.
Before having a wild flower garden you must know how the respective flowers live in their natural environment.
The gardens with wild flowers have gained a great popularity, and the seeds can be easily found in specialized shops. The only thing you need to do is make sure the conditions you have in your garden match the native environment of the wild flowers you want to plant. Usually, florists or seed traders can help you in choosing the right species.
Climate in the Northwest Region
The Northwest is known for its rainy weather and vast Pacific coastline. The Cascade Mountain Range creates significant climatic differences on the western and eastern sides. West of the mountains, average temperatures are quite mild, with wet winters, and dry summers. East of the mountains, it is drier and sunnier throughout the year, with colder winters and hotter summers. However, we must also take into account the effects of the global warming. The average temperature in the Northwest has risen, over the past 100 years, by about 1.3°F and is projected to increase in the future. Precipitation seems to be in decline, especially when it comes to the amount of snowfall. Declines in stream flows have also been observed in the Cascades more recently. It is expected that precipitation in the summer will also decline by as much as 30%.
In these climatic conditions and forecasting, choosing adequate wildflowers is very important for the success of your gardening project.
Best wildflowers seed to use in the Northwest Region
You can pick from a wide selection of custom-created bulk wildflower mix for the Pacific Northwest Region, or individual species. All of them can be planted successfully from Northern CA to Western WA and the Province of British Columbia. There are both annual and perennial wild flowers that will create beautiful colors in your garden, all season long and year after year. These are some of the best examples:
- White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Wild Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)
- Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)
- Siberian Wallflower (Cheiranthus allionii)
- Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia unguiculata)
- Lance-Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
- Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
- Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
- Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila elegans)
- Candytuft (Iberis umbellata)
- Scarlet Flax (Linum grandiflorum rubrum)
- Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)
- Evening Primrose (Oenothera lamarckiana)
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
- Red Poppy/Shirley Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
- None-so-Pretty or Catchfly (Silene armeria)