Planting Wildflowers in Tennessee


Tennessee is home to a plethora of native wildflowers that are in bloom from spring until fall. Tourists and locals can enjoy organized wildflower hikes through areas of Middle Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where they will view native Tennessee flowers such as shooting star, wild iris, ironweed and spider wort. With so many to choose from, many Tennessee gardeners will plant a blend or mix of wildflower seeds. The easiest way to plant these seeds is through the use of seed balls that you create yourself. Make and throw your seedballs in the fall, which will allow them to break down over the winter and be ready to sprout in the spring.

Step 1

Stir the seeds together in a gardening flat.

Step 2

Add the compost, sand and clay and mix well.

Step 3

Add water, a few drops at a time, until the dry mixture becomes moist and easy to work.

Step 4

Remove enough of the soil/seed mixture to roll into balls that are 1/2 inch in diameter. Roll the balls between your hands until they are firm.

Step 5

Allow the seed balls to dry, undisturbed, for 24 hours.

Step 6

Scatter the seedballs around the planting area at a rate of 10 per square foot. Allow them to remain over the winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Wildflower seeds
  • Gardening flat
  • 1 part compost
  • 2 parts seeds
  • 5 parts dry red clay
  • 2 parts fine sand
  • 2 parts water


  • University of Texas at Austin: How to Make Seed Balls
  • East Tennessee Wildflowers: East Tennessee Wildflowers and Hiking Trails
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