Boulevard Collection

6 Seed Packets

In Stock


Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Medium-Dry, Dry
2 feet
Bloom Time
May, June, July, August, September, October
Bloom Color
Purple, Yellow, Green
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, beetles
USDA Zones
Catalog Code

Makes a great gift! Whether you call it a boulevard, hellstrip, tree lawn, or road verge - the little patch of tired, dry soil between the sidewalk and street can be problematic. Especially if your area receives snow and the streets are salted, these tough conditions can prevent many plants from flourishing.  Not these natives! The species in this Boulevard Collection will convert that barren area into a beautiful pollinator oasis! Averaging 2’ tall and requiring lots of sun, these bee and butterfly magnets shine in the face of adversity. 

The Boulevard Collection includes 6 species, 1 seed packet of each:

  • Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) - 300 seeds
  • Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) - 250 seeds
  • Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis subsp. perennis) - 40 seeds
  • Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) - 500 seeds
  • Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) - 200 seeds
  • Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta) - 750 seeds

For a naturalized look, combine all seed packets to cover approximately 20-25 sq ft. Surface sow outdoors on a weed-free site in late fall. Mow the first growing season. Expect first blooms in year 2 or 3.
Alternatively, sow seed in rows in a garden setting late fall. In spring, thin seedlings and weed as expected with vegetable gardening. Transplant to permanent location that fall or the following spring.

For more information and seed starting instruction, check the back of individual species packets or visit our blog How-to-Germinate-Native-Seeds.

Also check out our other Seed Packet Collections!

3 Questions asked on Boulevard Collection

Are the species in this collection salt-tolerant?
Hi Elaine. 5 of the 6 species are considered salt tolerant. Wild Lupine is potentially salt tolerant, but not enough research has been done for us to label it as such. We'll keep you posted!
How many square feet would the Boulevard Collection cover?
Hi Gib. If you're sowing all the seeds directly on-site, this Collection will cover 20-25 square feet.
Why is it recommended to mow during the first growing season?
Hi McKenna. If sowing the Boulevard Collection as a "mini-mix," where all the different species are jumbled together and tossed on the site, it can be difficult to determine native seedlings from some weeds. Mowing does not harm the developing natives, and will actually redirect the energy into their roots for a really strong Year 2! On the other hand, regular mowing will help exhaust the weedy species and keep their numbers under control so they don't compete with the natives.


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

US Shipping & Handling Charges

SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free!

Custom seed mixes or discounted seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within 1-3 business days.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve). We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. UPS and Spee Dee are often used for expediting plant orders; they will not deliver to Post Office Box numbers, so please also include your street address if ordering plants. We send tracking numbers to your email address so please include it when you order.