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- Vivid clusters of red, pink, and orange
- Thrives in full sun or partially shaded areas
- Fragrant pollinator attractor with early-season spring blooms
- Drought tolerant and are perfect for container gardens
Grow the best heirloom wallflowers from seed
While a wallflower may be thought of as quiet and reserved, the flower of the same name is anything but. These 12 to 18 inch tall biennials are showy and brightly colored, and will be the focal point of any spring garden. Anyone can cultivate these cheerful tiny blossoms because, oddly for a plant that acquired its name by clinging to stone cracks and crevices, wallflower is not difficult to grow. The only thing about this flower that may surprise you is that it belongs to the brassicaceae family, which also includes cauliflower, cabbage, and mustard. Heirloom wallflowers were very popular for festival bouquets in the Middle Ages.
How to plant heirloom wallflowers
Direct sow your heirloom wallflower seeds in the fall or early spring and gently push them into the soil. They require light to thrive and should not be too covered. They like sunny environments and thrive in rock gardens. They can thrive in pots with minimal effort, and their old-fashioned appeal makes them an excellent choice for a cottage or meadow garden. Just be careful not to drown the heirloom wallflower by overwatering it. Dry soil, on the other hand, won't bother it in the least, and the drought-tolerant wallflower won't be put off by a little heat either. In USDA zones 6 through 9, heirloom wallflower is hardy and evergreen, and it may be planted and overwintered even in colder climates.
How to ensure heirloom wallflowers return
When the wallflower has finished blooming and the weather cools off, just trim the plant back to the earth, and it will return in the spring for a second season. Wallflower blooms from April through June, luring pollinators out of their winter hibernation with its colorful display.
Companion plants for heirloom wallflowers
Snapdragon is a beautiful garden partner for the heirloom wallflower, sharing its rich colors and early flowers while also standing tall enough to shade the smaller wallflower. Intersperse with alliums or tulips for a riot of early spring color that will enchant anybody who happens across it. Heirloom Fairlady Wallflower Seed Mix and Passion Wallflower Seed Mix from Eden Brothers can provide even more color possibilities.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom wallflower seed, see our Wallflower Seeds Planting Guide.