Native Meadow Garden
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Native Meadow Garden

Native Meadow Garden

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Preplanned Garden
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Apr-Oct
Mature Height: 12-36" Read our Growing Guide
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Enjoy the magic of a Native Meadow Garden on your property when you create a haven and feeding station for pollinators in your yard. Our preplanned, low-maintenance meadow garden is an exclusive collection of carefully selected North American native plants that provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects while offering colorful blossoms and foliage for human admirers.

We trialed this garden extensively at our farm in Connecticut where it has become a magnet for Monarchs and other winged creatures whose visits only enhance its natural, wild beauty. Site the meadow garden in full sun along a fence or property line, or plant several in swaths to create stretches of meadow amid a large lawn. Give the plants a season to settle in, then watch them take off the following year. Once established, the meadow garden requires little effort other than occasional weeding and cutting back the plants in early spring. Our garden includes 5 plants each of the varieties listed below, 50 plants total. Plants are shipped as small, strong-rooted plugs in a plant tray with 50 cells that measure 2" wide x 5" deep. Covers approximately 60 sq ft.

Please note: Due to the nature of working with live plants, we occasionally find ourselves in the position of having to provide an alternate variety with similar attributes, which will produce the same garden effect.

  • Canada Columbine: Aquilegia canadensis 
  • Coneflower: Echinacea purpurea 
  • Blazing Star: Liatris scariosa
  • Beard Tongue: Penstemon hirsutus 
  • Phlox: Phlox pilosa
  • Mountain Mint: Pycnanthemum muticum
  • Black-eyed Susan: Rudbeckia fulgida
  • Beebalm Monarda bradburiana
  • Prairie Dropseed: Sporobolus heterolepis
  • Aster: Symphyotrichum oolentangiense
  • For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.

Shipping

Shipping
Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We're sorry, but we cannot ship this item to the following states: California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington.

Sorry, Express delivery is not available for this item.

HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED

The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.

WHEN WE SHIP

We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.

OUR GUARANTEE

We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.

Reviews

Reviews

Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (4 Reviews) Write a Review

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LOVE to see this native garden option!!!

Hi, Wow this is so great that WFF is selling native preplanned gardens! ... I would love to order one, but I see that several of these plants are unfortunately not native to my region. It is my hope that WFF will start carrying more straight natives such as these, and perhaps offer a few options for different regions of the country. Thank you so much.

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Great value, perfect condition

I just received and planted my native meadow garden, so I can’t speak to the long-term results, but I am so impressed with the packaging and the health of the plants. Unlike some other online companies, the plants arrived at the perfect time and in perfect condition (even though the package was delivered upside down on my porch! :) ). It’s only been three days since I planted them all, and they are thriving and putting out new growth already.

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Absolutely lovely

Planted in spring '21 in a very sunny spot and within a few months it has blossomed into an abundant, flourishing collection of lovely, pollinator-friendly flowers. Easy to plant, hardly requires any care and will certainly look even better in a year. Highly recommend!

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Let it be, and enjoy!

I planted this in May 2020 of the pandemic. It is now mid-September, and this garden is delightful. I planted it per the directions (the plants are close together). Especially in the fall, this garden is a mix of beautiful colors and form. I like that it is free-flowing and "messy" in a native wildflower garden way. I have a couple regular Monarch butterflies plus countless other pollinators coming to do their work. I am curious to see this garden evolve next season now that the plants are better rooted in the earth. I am glad to share this with neighbors walking by, as I planted it right out front, my only sunny spot--and the garden has been inspiring and educating others about wildlife and natural beauty.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Planting Your Native Plugs

Soil Preparation:

Below are 3 different methods we recommend for preparing your soil for planting. Choose the method that works best for you.

  • Tilling – Plants grow best in soil that has been loosened and cleared before planting. A rototiller comes in handy for preparing a large area, but a shovel or spade can also be used to break the ground, turn the soil, and remove all grass and weeds. Once the area is clear, apply a 3-4” layer of organic matter, such as compost. Turn the layer into the soil to a depth of approximately 6-8”. If you choose the tilling method, continued weeding will be required as your plants start to take root and grow since dormant weed seeds will have been disturbed during the tilling process.
  • Mulch & Cardboard - At least a month before planting your garden, lay sheets of cardboard on top of the grass or soil over the entire planting area. Then apply a 3” layer of organic mulch on top of the cardboard. The grass and weeds underneath will decompose over time and form their own compost, which will enrich the soil. Within a few weeks, the cardboard will soften enough to allow you to break through with a trowel and plant into the ground.
  • Solarization - This method takes the longest amount of time to prepare your site for planting–up to 8 weeks or longer.  Till the ground as described above, and then lay a clear plastic tarp tightly over the area. This will “cook” any grass, weeds, and seeds that remain in the soil. Solarization is the most effective method for weed control, but it may also kill some beneficial organisms in the soil. After the process is complete, though, other organisms will colonize the area.

Planting Your Garden:

Upon Arrival

  • Immediately check the soil for dryness. Water your plug trays so the soil is moist.
  • Set your plants outside in a sheltered, lightly shaded spot, out of direct sunlight.
  • Increase their exposure to sun and wind each day for up to 3 days.
  • Make sure the soil remains moist by keeping the plug trays well-watered. The well-rooted plants are susceptible to drying out while in the plug trays.

Planting

  • Water thoroughly prior to planting. This will make it easier to remove the plugs from the tray and will keep them from drying out while you are laying out your plants.
  • Dig a hole wide enough and just deep enough for the root ball, which will be about 5” deep.
  • Remove the plant from the tray and very gently break up the sides of the root ball with your thumbs.
  • Set the root ball in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the surrounding soil.

After Planting

  • Immediately water plants thoroughly once your garden has been planted, to eliminate air pockets around the roots, and keep an eye on soil moisture over the following weeks. If the soil is dry, water thoroughly. But if the soil below the surface is moist to the touch, don't water. It is better to water deeply and for a longer period of time than providing only brief, shallow waterings, to make sure the roots are getting enough water.
  • Apply approximately a 2-4” layer of organic mulch, such as compost, to the area after planting, keeping it from touching plant crowns and stems. The mulch will help suppress weeds, preserve moisture, and enrich the soil over time.
  • There is no need to add fertilizer to the soil at this point, or at any time during the growing season.

Continuing Care:

  • Plants can be cut back in fall or may be left standing through winter to provide a habitat for overwintering birds.
  • Cut back plants in early spring.
  • Keep an eye out for developing spring weeds and pull them by hand when they appear.
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch in spring. This will help replenish nutrients in the soil and is in lieu of fertilizer.
  • Water your garden during prolonged dry spells.
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