Wildflower Garden Ideas

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Planting wildflowers can make a wonderful, and completely natural-looking garden. Wildflowers often attract birds, bees and butterflies too, plus they’re excellent to use for areas of your yard which always seem to be a bit too bare and unfinished.

Want a Natural Look

Creating a wildflower garden can be as simple as scattering some wildflower seeds into a specific area of your yard, or you can create an actual garden bed or plot specifically designed for growing your wildflowers, then carefully place starter plants or seeds into a pre-arranged garden layout. Since wildflowers are supposed to look like they’re growing there naturally though, you’ll usually get the best results by simply scattering the seeds around.

 

Wisely Place These Flowers

Wildflower gardens are excellent to plant into open fields and empty lots, as well as specific areas of your yard too. They work wonderfully around a mailbox post for instance because they grow in a variety of different colors and heights. Having wildflowers grow around your mailbox post can give your home a country design type of look which is quite popular and attractive.

Propogate on Their Own

Planting wildflowers usually gives you a low maintenance, natural-looking garden that nature takes care of on its own. Since most wildflowers are native to the area you’re planting them in, you don’t usually have to worry about watering them much. Wildflowers also propagate on their own – which means they’ll drop seeds to the ground so new flowers will grow in the same area the following year.

Q. Do wildflowers come back every year?

A. Some wildflowers are annuals and some are perennials. The perennials will continue to grow and bloom for several years or more without you having to take cuttings, collect seeds, or anything else to help them. Annuals will only live for one growing season, but many wildflower annuals develop their own seeds too. You can collect these seeds and plant them in new locations next year, or you can simply let nature take its course. When nature does the job, the seeds will drop to the ground and hibernate over the winter, then many of those seeds will sprout again on their own the following year.

Random Seeding

Most people choose to plant wildflowers in a random way. They don’t plan where exactly each flowering plant will grow, and they don’t select plants based on color, height, or texture either. Wildflower gardens can be created in almost any way you’d like though. If you’d like to have a field full of peach or red-colored wildflowers, for instance, all you’d need to do is select wildflower varieties which produce the appropriate flower color for your needs.

No Need to Thin Crowded Plants

The most difficult aspect of wildflower gardening though, is thinning out the plants once they start growing. When you scatter the seeds randomly, you can’t usually tell just how crowded the flowers will be in your garden when they start to grow. It’s not uncommon to end up with too many flowers in one area though, so you have to pull some of them out to give the others room to grow — I don’t think so. The flowers are usually so pretty in bloom though, that making yourself pull some can be difficult. You will be rewarded, however, by the beautiful blooms you’ll start seeing on those wildflowers you left in place once they have more room to thrive.

This video shows the beauty of a wildflower garden in full bloom.

Related How To article: The 4 Parts to Create a Wildflower Garden

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