Everyone loves to see growing flowers but how many of us can grow them from seed? David's Garden Seeds® does not sell bulbs, or slips, and we do not ship live plants, only seeds so you will find garden flowers grown from seed on this page.
Flowers make your yard look attractive in the front, giving it "curb appeal." This is important, especially if you are trying to sell your house. Flowers in the front yard can add monetary value as potential buyers perceive a yard with beautiful things growing neatly in it to be worth more than a yard with a plain green lawn. My favorite houses around our neighborhood have beautiful flowers growing in the front yard in flower beds.
I like to grow them in the backyard as well so I can enjoy them while I am outside weeding the vegetables and playing with our dogs. David enjoys sitting out on the deck in the morning with a cup of coffee and likes to see the colorful flowers in planters on the deck.
Growing flowers takes a lot of water and if you are in the middle of a drought like the kind we have had for the past two years and are still in, you may not have much luck with them. Hopefully, San Antonio will start getting large amounts of rain so we do not have to go into the spring planting season already in Stage Two with many drought restrictions, including being able to water once every two weeks. Yes, we will start 2013 in a Stage Two Drought. This will be our third year of drought in a row, unless we get a ton of rain!
Once you have planted your flowers, don't forget to water them. They will get dry quickly and will wither in the heat of the summer sun unless you are watering them. Don't forget. Here is a link to some beautiful wildflowers that David sells. This is one of his biggest flower seed sellers and the flowers are beautiful to see.
Here in Texas, I like to grow a lot of zinnias. They love the heat, at least until it hits 100°. There isn't anything that will really stand up to the awful heat and drought we have had this year (2023) in South Central Texas. I plant zinnias early in spring and let them come up. As the flowers die, I let them drop seeds onto the ground. Then when the heat of summer comes and the flower stems die, we cut off the heads to save whatever seeds were not dropped. We pull up the stems and water the beds well. In a few weeks, new zinnias are coming up. Growing flowers is that easy when they reseed themselves. Zinnias will keep on going until the first frost.
In Texas, wildflowers need to be planted in October so they can be cold stratified and then come up in early spring. Do not plant spring wildflowers in March and expect them to grow. Again, they must be planted in October. They need to get good and cold in the dirt and then they will grow toward the end of February and in March. This is when we have gorgeous bluebonnets all over Texas.
Do not just toss wildflowers out across the yard or field. Dig tiny trenches and cover the seeds with some dirt. Otherwise, they will be eaten by birds or they will blow away in the wind gusts we get.
Sunflowers will grow throughout the spring and summer. You can plant more in the fall in Texas. I realize there are many places in the United States where it does not stay warm enough in the fall for sunflowers, but here in Texas, we sometimes don't get our first frost until January or February. The last several years we have gotten the first frost in November or December. But for 20 years, we lived in San Antonio and never had any cold to speak of before Christmas.
There are tall, single stems and dwarf sunflowers as well as tall branching sunflowers that you can grow. They are yellow, red, orange, or brown and look beautiful in fall displays.
Here in Texas, we grow cool weather flowers like snapdragons, violas, pansies, and petunias in the fall. They usually stay alive for the entire winter, if you cover them up during snow or frost, and they continue to grow in the early spring through April. By May, they are looking pretty bad so you need to pull them up and grow the warmer weather flowers.
Kale flowers are another cool weather flower you can grow. They are not edible. They look really cool with some frost on them. Growing flowers can be done virtually all year long in Texas and other warm climates.
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