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Indianapolis, IN

March 30, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #6340449

we have a creek and wooded area behind our house I was wondering what kind of flowers I can get to grow back there..I dont want to make an actual flower bed I just want wild flowers to grow each year...I am not sure what flowers would be good..or if i just buy a pack of wild flower mix and sprinkle! I live in indiana if that helps with suggestions of flowers that would work well
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 30, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #6340998

There could be a problem with throwing seeds in the wooded area- there may not be enough sun for germination and the existing plants(or weeds) will probably grow quicker than the seedlings eventually killing them. The forget-me-not seeds did germinate, but it was the next year when the trees had no leaves. I planted the seeds many years ago, but last year I had morning glories growing in a pretty dense, overgrown area. Bachelor buttons are pretty common wildflowers growing in Indy as well as the 'native' daylillies-although they won't flower as well in the shade. Some people consider Queen Anne's Lace to be a wildflower. You can probably find info somewhere (I don't know where) of native plants to IN that will grow in this area.


Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2009
5:47 AM

Post #6343719

Look online for your local Native Plant Society. That is likely to be a great source of info about what flowers will thrive in that kind of situation.
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2009
11:52 AM

Post #6344159

Ferns and oak leaf hydrangea will both do well in part sun.
Toronto, ON
(Zone 5b)

April 1, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6347776

Go to and enter your state and the site conditions and you will find many plants that will do well.
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6352073

Wow! That is a fantastic website.

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