One of the unsung reasons that living in Ontario is so special is getting to experience the full spectrum of all four seasons. The new life and natural optimism of spring, the warm, inviting afternoons of summer, the beautiful colours of the fall, and winter. Alright, we give winter a hard time, but it can be just as good as the other seasons! Looking outside at a fresh snowfall adorning the trees, with a mug full of your favourite hot drink, your breath hanging in the air as you appreciate the complete silence…it’s like living in Monet’s Snow Scene at Argenteull. Another great thing about winter in Ontario is that it gives you ample time to prepare for next year’s gardening or landscaping project! With our native Ontario seed mixes, you’ll be able to put your green thumb to work and create a beautiful garden, but which seed mix should you reach for? Let us help you figure that out.

Seed Mixes

Our mixes are expertly curated to ensure that you end up with a breathtaking, cohesive garden, whatever your aesthetic goals are.

  • Tall Grass Prairie Seed Mix

    • Consists of grasses and wildflowers meant for prairie restorations. The species selected for this mix thrive in well-drained average-medium soils in full sun. Some of the species contained in this mix are:
      • Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
      • Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
      • Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)
  • Roadside Edge Seed Mix

    • Consists of wildflowers and grasses meant for rapid establishment in open disturbed soils. This mix tolerates poor, dry-medium moisture soils in fully sunny to partly shaded areas. The species in this mix are especially hardy. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Virginia Rye (Elymus virfinicus)
      • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
      • Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
  • Bobolink & Meadowlark Seed Mix

    • Consists of grasses, sedges, and wildflowers meant to foster safe habitat for nesting birds. If you’re a bird-lover, this mix will welcome avian creatures into whatever area you plant it. This mix also displays an array of beautiful colours, and does well in medium-moist, rich soils. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Riverbank Wild Rye (Elymus riparius)
      • Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
      • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Low Grow Meadow Seed Mix

    • Consists of a mix of wildflowers and grasses that stay below 1.2m (4’) in height. This mix performs well in full to part sun with poor, average, and well-drained soils. Once established, it will even tolerate drought, and is suitable for urban naturalization. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)
      • Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
      • Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea)
  • Pollinator Garden Seed Mix

    • Consists of wildflowers and grasses meant to attract butterflies, bees, and other hummingbirds vital to the perpetuation of the ecosystem. Pollinator gardens are vitally important as the bee population drops year to year. Planting a garden like this one is a great way to do your part in the protection of pollinators. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Dwarf Blazing Star (Liatris cylindracea)
      • Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum)
      • Grey Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
  • Stream Channel & Wetland Edge Seed Mix

    • Consists of wildflowers, sedges, and grasses. This mix, which is suitable for streambank or wetland edge restorations, does best in full-sun to partly-sunny areas. One benefit of this mix is that it aids in erosion control, and it’s made up of tough species that establish quickly. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
      • Soft Rush (Juncus effuses)
      • Tall Manna Grass (Glyceria grandis)
  • Bee Forage Meadow Seed Mix

    • Consists of wildflowers and grasses meant to attract bees and other insects. This mix is customizable, and substitutions can be made based on soil types. In its prefab state, it’s great for naturalized forage for apiculture, and wildflower gardens. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Slender Wheat Grass (Elymus trachycaulis)
      • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
      • Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
  • Semi-Shade Forest Edge Seed Mix

    • Consists of wildflowers and grasses meant for semi-shaded conditions. This seed mix does not need to be planted in an area that is given constant sunlight. The mix will perform well in average, well-drained soils, and is perfect for adding diversity to existing landscapes. Some of the species included in this mix are:
      • Bottle Rush Grass (Elymus hystrix)
      • Sily Rye (Elymus villosus)
      • Giant Yellow Hyssop (Agastache nepetoides)

With snow just starting to cover the ground, now is the perfect time to plan out your next gardening move. What better way to draw up your plan than visualize a beautiful, native Ontario garden using one of our seed mixes. A world of possibilities is waiting, whether you want to welcome pollinators, or green up an otherwise urban looking area. It all starts with you. Once you know the direction you want to go, give us a call at 1-866-640-8733, or e-mail sales@stwilliamsnursery.com to discuss ordering the seeds that will grow into your vision.


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Plan Your Next Garden With Native Ontario Seed Mixes From St. Williams!