Planting the best nemophila seeds
- 5 precious nemophila varieties
- Easy to germinate and quick to flower
- Attracts butterflies and other pollinators
- Sprawling habit makes an excellent choice for ground cover or border work
creating the garden of your dreams with nemophila
Do you dream of wildflower meadows? A soft blanket of tiny blossoms resembling something straight out of a fairy tale? Plant nemophila in your garden this year and you will have your dreams.
Baby Blue Eyes may be the most common nemophila variety, but they are all so lovely that it’s impossible to choose a favorite! Fivespot flowers are striking with their five white petals, each one marked by a blue dot. Or Penny Black, with the sharp contrast of its navy flowers, edged in white. Why choose only one variety, when you could grow them all?
how to start nemophila seeds
Nemophila can be direct-seeded or started indoors. Wait until all danger of frost has passed to sow nemophila seeds. Cast nemophila seeds on the surface of disturbed soil. Compress the seeds into the ground to just barely cover, as nemophila seeds require light to germinate. Water the seeds in, and expect seeds to germinate in a week or two.
In planting zones 7 and below, get a headstart on the season by starting nemophila seeds indoors two months before the last frost. Nemophila is quick to flower, often flowering in its seed tray!
Nemophila prefers full sun, but in hotter climates choose a planting site for nemophila that receives some afternoon shade. The soil should be well-draining and sandy—this west coast wildflower prefers poor soil over overly fertile, moist soil.
why we love growing nemophila
You won’t be the only one enjoying your nemophila planting come spring—pollinators love this humble wildflower! You’re bound to see bees, butterflies, beetles, and other bugs keeping busy in the nemophila patch—guaranteeing that your vegetables will also get pollinated this season.
Not growing over a foot high or wide, these diminutive plants tend to spread and sprawl, making nemophila an excellent choice for ground cover or border plantings. Happy in the container garden as well, nemophila will add a splash of color wherever you have room to tuck it in.
If five heirloom varieties are too much to choose from, Eden Brothers’ Nemophila Seed Mix may be perfect for you. The varying shades of blue offset by white are sure to set your garden apart! You’ll have a living carpet come spring, with little pops of color, sweet fragrance, and the noise of busy bees going about their work. For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting nemophila seeds, see the Nemophila Seeds Planting Guide.