Janie has shared with us, packets of Texas Wildflower Mix seeds which contain the following:
Indian Blanket - Gaillardia
Clasping Coneflower - Rudbeckia amplexicaulis
Mexican Hat - Ratibida
Bluebonnets prefer the alkaline soil of Texas, I haven't tried to stretch that here. Most other Texas natives and favorites work well in my climate.
Black-eyed Susan, Indian Blanket, Mexican Hat and Purple Coneflower all performed very well for me in past years. These wildflowers bloom here in May and June. BES and Purple Coneflower will play out in the heat and humidity of late June. I pull and discard BES; Purple Coneflower does best when cut back all the way to the basal leaves. There may be minor rebloom in fall. Mexican Hats (Ratibida) and Gaillardia (Indian blanket) will continue all summer.
Mexican Hats and Salvia farinacea -- I want lots of these next summer. I have a small number of the seeds of the yellow Ratibida and lots of the maroon. All are lovely.
I just learned I'm nominated for Best Georgia Blogger in Blotanical's 2009 Awards. I'm astonished! I just signed up last month because it seemed that everybody else in the garden blogging world belonged and maybe I should, too. I haven't even responded to all the gracious welcomes I received! I'm working on voting, so many of the categories I don't know the contestants and have to go visit all their blogs. I guess that is the point, get to know your fellow bloggers. So far I've voted for 30 of 75 categories, with only 4 days to go, I think.