One of my favourite day dreams is to grow a huge wildflower garden that stretches for miles and miles. It’s a pity that I only have a small garden but it hasn’t stopped me from having little patches of mixed wildflowers.
Why Grow Wildflower Gardens?
There are many reasons for growing a wildflower garden. In our other articles, we discussed attracting birds and beneficial insects to our gardens. There is also the pleasure of having a low-maintenance garden that is a sight for sore eyes which is far easier to maintain than a formal garden.
Tips for Starting a Wildflower Garden
A common fallacy is that simply scattering wildflower seeds across a lawn or garden bed will do the trick. That might work but will not guarantee a beautiful display of flowers.
Tip 1: Pick a sunny spot as wild flowers thrive in open, sunny places with 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Tip 2: Prepare the site. Break up the soil and remove weeds that will compete with the wildflowers for sunlight, water and nutrients.
Tip 3: Use a variety pack or mix your own, ensuring that there are both annuals and perennials which are native to your area for greater success.
Tip 4: Sow the seeds in spring or fall/autumn. After the initial watering and tending to the seeds, you may then leave it to nature to do its job.
Tip 5: Once your wildflower garden is established, you will need to mow it down every year and then let it come up again.
Tip 6: Do not add fertiliser to your wildflower garden as the flowers thrive in poor soil conditions. Fertile soils do not suit wildflowers.
Warning about Wildflowers
Wildflower gardens do need some maintenance in the sense that when the flowers start to droop or fade, they should be cut down before winter to avoid a mass of depressing brown stalks in your garden.