One pleasing, low-maintenance way to add colour to a landscape is by using native flowers. Meadow flowers come in an array of vibrant colours and interesting shapes as both annual and perennial plants. These flowers are versatile and suited for covering large areas of bare soil because they can be used in landscape as lone flowers or mixed with ornamental grasses.
Purple Cone Flower
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), is a perennial flower commonly found on open meadows and plains. Known for their display of purple petals that resemble those of a daisy flower, these plants are partial to sunny locales. They have green foliage but they can be cultivated to have orange, green, white, and pink flowers. The Purple Coneflower thrives in garden soil with adequate sunlight. The plants are hardy; they thrive in dry soil and heat and grow quite tall. During the summer months, you will enjoy these gorgeous blooms.
Shasta daisies (Chrysanthemum maximum) are perennials that thrive in meadows. The Shasta Daisy grows white petals with a pale yellow centre and green foliage. These cheerful flowers tend to grow in clumps and groups in direct sunlight. Fertile soil is crucial for this daisy to grow to a height of three feet. According to Texas A&M University's AgriLife Extension, the Shasta Daisy blooms during the months of June and July.
Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora), also called purple horse mint, is an annual flower commonly found in open meadows. Blossoms appear as stair-step whorls that come in a variety of purple shades with square green stems. Thriving in full direct sunlight, the Lemon Mint is able to tolerate many soil types, including dry soil. When crushed, the leaves of the Lemon Mint flower releases a lemon-scented aroma. These flowers will grow up to three feet during the peak season, May through August, says the AgriLife Extension.
The iconic state flower of the Golden State, California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is an annual meadow flower found in fields and meadows. Cup-shaped orange blooms and blue-green foliage make this a distinctive native plant. The California Poppy tends to grow in clumps and groups. In early April, all the way through the hot summer months, you will find these distinctive blooms growing up and down the West Coast.