Ashleigh Smith + photo

Ashleigh Smith

Sep 27
3 min read
bubble 2
true leaf market hummingbird and butterfly wildflower shaker and seeds

Flowers have been a means of spreading joy for hundreds of years! Whether they are given to celebrate a relationship, mend broken bridges, show appreciation, or remember what was, flowers spark happiness. Flowers are not only linked to gift-giving, food production, and landscapes, they are central to holding our ecosystem together. Our ecosystem is made up of millions of organisms, large and small, that rely on each other for food, shelter, and so much more! With the ongoing urbanization that is happening across America, we are seeing a decline in more and more native pollinator populations. This not only affects our ability to produce food, it is changing our landscapes both near and far. Growing wildflowers is a simple and easy way we can contribute to a more stable and beneficial environment. Not only are they helpful, but they are the perfect way to beautify the forgotten spaces found all around us.

Planting Wildflowers is Easy!

It is about time nature makes its way back into our urban spaces. Doing so doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply using your growing space is enough. So many people allow pieces of ground to go unused and remain uncovered. I’m talking about those corner flower beds that haven’t seen a flower in a few years, side strips that grow nothing but weeds, and city grow boxes that haven’t had anything in them since they were installed. You can find these spaces all around you.

Wildflowers are the perfect solution for these patches. Simply loosen the soil if it has been compacted, plant your seeds, and water. Or, if you really want to be hands-off, plant and see what happens. While your success rate may be much lower, some very determined wildflower seeds may surprise you with success. Wildflowers are often drought-tolerant and thrive in less-than-ideal conditions. This makes them a great solution to huge urban lawns that are sucking up water or reducing our tendency to cover every inch of space with concrete. Growing attractive plants doesn’t have to be labor intensive. Have a grow box that you don’t know what to do with? Add some wildflowers. Extra space around a tree? Let wildflowers fill it in with some color. Want to make that bedding strip near your front door more attractive? Sprinkle a few wildflower seeds through it. You don’t have to be exact about it. Just sprinkle and grow.

That's right, sprinkle and grow! Lately, a handful of gardeners have grown in popularity throughout online communities as they spread wildflower seeds by shaking them into desolate patches of soil found in urban spaces. Within a few months time, these patches turn from weeds to blooms. Not only are people enjoying these flower-filled corners, but so are the local pollinator populations. By adding wildflowers throughout our urban communities, we can preserve hundreds of native species that are being cut off through habitat destruction. Want to take further action? Team up with your local community representatives to sponsor community clean-up activities. Make the most neglected corners of your neighborhoods beautiful and joyful again with a few blooms this coming spring. Fall is the perfect time to clean out the weeds and shake a few seeds for growth this coming spring season.

Our wildflower shakers are fully compostable and reusable. Enjoy the ease of sprinkling wildflower seeds evenly throughout your growing spaces.

Become a True Leaf Market Brand Ambassador! You’ll enjoy awesome perks, free products and exclusive swag & offers! Help us create a gardening revolution and help others experience the joy of growing!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 comments

Eric

Thanks for sharing the information! Great read


LLoyd Blankenship

when is the best time to plant wildflower seeds?


  1. 10 Natives of the Southwest USA for Pest ControlMexican Hat Flower Meadow

    10 Natives of the Southwest USA for Pest Control

    Written By Lara Wadsworth The Southwestern United States is a region incredibly unique to the rest of the country. The hot, dry weather can be challenging for plants and animals to thrive without additional help. That is why gardening with natives can ...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-04-15
    7 min read
    bubble 0
  2. Spring Into Action - Celebrating Earth DayEarth from space

    Spring Into Action - Celebrating Earth Day

    Written By Chelsea Hafer Spring is quickly arriving, and that means that Earth Day is near! Earth Day is the perfect occasion to appreciate our wonderful planet and all that it does for us and think of ways you can give back to it. In this blog post, w...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-04-15
    4 min read
    bubble 0
  3. Everything You Need To Know About Rain Gardensnigella flower with raindrops

    Everything You Need To Know About Rain Gardens

    Written By Lara Wadsworth Rain gardens are quickly gaining popularity for their perfect marriage of utility and beauty. What simply looks like a beautifully landscaped garden is actually a native habitat that serves as a storm drain and water sponge. B...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-04-08
    5 min read
    bubble 1
  4. Northeastern Natives for Attracting Beneficial Insectsyarrow meadow

    Northeastern Natives for Attracting Beneficial Insects

    Written By Lara Wadsworth The Northeastern United States is rich with American history, but did you also know that it is rich in plant biodiversity? Nature has learned through time how to work in harmony with the various species that attempt to thrive....


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-04-08
    6 min read
    bubble 1