April is Ohio Native Plant Month and also a great time of year to seed a native wildflower and grass garden. We designed this mix with the intention of making it colorful with lots of wildflowers, a few native grasses and keeping the height to about 3.5 - 4 feet tall once established. This mix grows best in full sun (at least 6 hours a day) and well-drained soils.
This ONPM Short Pollinator Garden Seed Mix is great for replacing sunny lawns in residential areas, next to community buildings or for schools because of the variety of colorful native plants and short height.
This year Ohio Native Plant Month like to see how much lawn area in Ohio we can convert to healthy native plant habitats. If you replace some lawn this year, please write to send us a picture (no people please) and tell us the number of square feet you converted. Pictures can be emailed to OhioNativePlantMonth@gmail.com.
Please note: this mix formerly known as the Pocket Pollinator Garden Seed Mix
Some things to remember:
Native plant communities can take up to 3 growing seasons to fully establish. There are some annuals in this mix for first year color. They include: Partridge Pea, Indian Blanket, Plains Coreopsis and Lemon Mint. Consider planting our ONPM Fast Flowering Annual Cover Mix to act as a cover crop and provide some additional blooms the first growing season.
Looking for a mix with some taller species? Check out the ONPM Tall Pollinator Garden Seed Mix.
For every Ohio Native Plant Month mix or packet sold, OPN Seed will donate a portion back to the ONPM initiative.
Contains the following species:
Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem
Agrostis perennans - Autumn Bentgrass
Chamaecrista fasciculata - Partridge Pea
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower
Gaillardia pulchella - Indian Blanket
Astragalus canadensis - Canadian Milk Vetch
Coreopsis lanceolata - Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan
Coreopsis tinctoria - Plains Coreopsis
Liatris spicata - Dense Blazingstar
Dalea purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed
Eryngium yuccifolium -Rattlesnake Master
Zizia aurea- Golden Alexanders
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed
Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot
Tradescantia ohiensis - Ohio Spiderwort
Gaillardia aristata - Blanket Flower
Achillea millefolium L. var. occident - Western Yarrow
Monarda citrodora - Lemon Mint
Aster laevis - Smooth Aster
Penstemon digitalis - Foxglove Beardtongue
Penstemon tubaeflorus - White Wand Beardtongue
Pycnanthemum virginianum - Virginia Mountain Mint
Lobelia siphilitica - Great Lobelia
Solidago nemoralis - Old Field Goldenrod
Each packet will cover approximately 250 square feet or a 10 x 25 area.
PLS Lbs. Per Acre Broadcast = 10
PLS = Pure Live Seed
Pure Live Seed is a measure of viable seed stated as a percentage. It is the product of total germination times purity.
Example: 96% Germination x 93% Purity = 89% PLS
All of our native warm season grasses and seed mixes are sold PLS.
Broadcast seeding is the process of sowing seed by hand. The seeds are sprinkled into the soil and can be lightly raked to ensure germination.
This mix of native grasses and wildflowers typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet. Please note that each site is unique and that several factors can affect overall height. These factors include sunlight, hydrology and overall soil health.
Detailed instructions on planting your seed mix are provided with your purchase. For additional information on planting please the Pocket Pollinator Garden Page on Ohio Native Plant Month's website.
Flower Color: Yellow, Green, Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, White
Height: 3.5 Feet to 4 Feet
Light Requirements: At Least 6 Hours of Sunlight A Day
Soil Hydrology: Well-Drained Soils
Bloom Time: Late Spring through Early Fall
Plant Type: Annual / Perennial
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Humans
Product Code: PPGM01
The native perennials in your mix do require some patience to establish, but for instant gratification consider adding any of these quick establishing annuals. They're perfect pollinator plants, too!