Who don’t love to wake up into a wildflower garden when it blooms? Who don’t love to take care of those tiny colorful flowers every morning, growing in a beautiful mess? Yes, wildflowers are always something special.
Their presence shows us how good things still exist in this cruel world. And of course a lot of people want to keep being reminded of how good things still exist in this world, thus they want to plant wildflowers themselves.
But unlike planting conventional garden plants, planting wildflower is more difficult. Wildflowers only grow on specific condition, some even only grow in specific area or we call it as native plants. But if you want to grow your own wild flower garden, actually there are some tips you can try.
Here in this article, we will show you some tips on how to grow wildflowers in your garden. Or maybe you want to make your own wildflower meadow? You can try these tips.
The Right Flower
First thing to consider in successfully growing a wildflower garden is what kind of plant you are going to grow in the garden. You might want to plant all those beautiful wildflowers you see in Instagram, but you’d better not to plant anything before you really know the plants.
There are actually many factors that you should consider before picking the right seeds to plant. The temperature, how much sun your garden receive, water availability, soil condition and sometimes even the amount of nutrients, and how much time you can provide to take care of the plants.
Some plants require intensive attention that will only be worth it if you are a professional gardener or the plant gives you special meanings. You don’t want to plant Edelweiss in your garden, and hope it to grow well, if you are working a full shift job 8 hours a day.
Instead, if you cannot pay full attention to the garden yet still hope for the best of it, you might want to grow some Columbine. The point is, grow the plant most suitable for the amount of time you can provide to them.
Another thing to consider is what plant will grow well in your garden. If you plan to sacrifice your time and effort to make your garden suitable for any plant of your choice, you can just pick any plant. But if you don’t want to pay too much efforts, just pick the most suitable plant for your garden.
Prepare The Planting Site
For the plantation technique, there is no big differences with how you plant any other kinds of plants. You still need to plow the soil, put some organic materials like compost or manure to the soil, and rake the soil smooth before planting the wildflowers.
The difference is that you might need to prepare an extra area for your plants. Wildflowers tend to reseed themselves and expand into larger area around. Start with a small area for planting, maybe in the middle of the ‘whole wildflower garden’.
Wildflowers in the nature usually also grow alongside some kind of grass or weed, and since it is natural it is good. But if you are planning to grow wildflowers you need to prepare things and learn about the symbioses between the plants.
Sometimes you need to remove the weeds that might hamper the growth of your wildflowers, and sometimes you need to consider leaving them alone. In example, if your garden has some Cock’s-foot, Couch Grass and Perennial Rye Grass, you need to remove them. But if your garden has some clover, leave them alone.
Clover is actually a good friend for garden plants, including wildflowers as they can entrap nitrogen from the air and store it into the ground. Thus, you don’t need to use any fertilizers for your wildflowers to grow well. In fact, wildflowers grow better without fertilizers.
Sow And Let Grow
One thing to notice is creating a ‘landscape’ of wildflower garden by planting just one species of wildflower is not a good choice. In the wild, as mentioned before, wildflowers live symbiotically with other plants.
So, make sure you choose a variety of wild flowers that suit the condition of your garden and commitment. Another tips you should pay attention to is, make sure to choose the plants for their appearance, since the most important things for us in planting wildflowers are their foliage and flowers.
If you have chosen the plants, then choose the right time to sow the seeds, since wildflowers are usually seasonal plants. Spring and fall are the best seasons to sow wildflower seeds, since some wildflowers require a dormant period before germinating.
Tamp the seeds you sow with a board or roller to make sure the seeds are in contact with the soil, but don’t cover them since the seeds need sunlight to grow. A thin layer of straw is okay if you think you need to put some cover over the seeds, but make sure to not put too many of it above them.
If animals like squirrels, rodent, or slugs are attacking your newly-sown garden, you are allowed to protect them using wire mash. But remember to not cover the seeds too much that sunlight can only reach it dimly.
Details And More Details
Actually, all about planting wildflower in your garden is about taking care of the details. Pay close attention to your wildflowers garden as what the nature does to them. Three points to pay attention to are the amount of sunlight, water, and how the plants are forming a mini ecosystem there.
After you see that your wildflower garden growing well, you might want to add more plants in it. But you should notice that wildflowers are more attractive to insects and wild animals, so you should carefully choose what kind of animals are allowed to come to your garden and which ones are not by choosing the right plant to be added.
If some of your wildflowers are highly attracting slugs, you might need to get rid of those plants for the sake of the rest of the garden. Some slug-attracting plants are marjoram, basil, lemon verbena, dill, parsley, and marigold.
Sometimes it is a good idea to attend a wildflower event or become a member of a wildflower planting community. There, you can find more detailed information from experienced wildflower-planters.