Wildflowers grow fast, but to get the best results you need to keep on top of the weeds. Here’s some top tips to keep your Grow Wild space tip top.
So what are weeds?
Find out more fascinating facts about weeds from our What Is A Weed Anyway? campaign
How do I identify weeds?
As plants emerge, most are small and green so telling which is which involves a bit of cunning. If you have sown your seeds in a particular pattern then you should be able to identify when shoots are appearing where they shouldn’t be. However, it’s not always that easy!
There are few things in this world, horticultural or otherwise, that can compare with the simple beauty of a wildflower garden. Picture a gently sloping mountain meadow filled with the delicate blossoms of yellow Plains coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), orange California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), and lacey baby’s breath (Gypsophila elegans). Butterflies dance across the meadow in front of you as you make your way through the tall grass to a small stream flowing somewhere up ahead. It’s like something out of a dream and with minimal effort on your part, it can become a reality. Keep reading to learn more about creating a wildflower garden in your backyard.
Creating Wildflower Gardens
In contrast to the formal English garden or even a traditional vegetable garden, a wildflower garden is truly inexpensive, easy to plant, and simple to maintain. You don’t have to spend endless hours weeding your wildflower garden because wildflower gardens are meant to be…well…wild!
How to Start a Wildflower Garden in Your Backyard
You also don’t need to spend hours watering or fertilizing your wildflower garden because the plants you will choose for your garden will be native species to your particular region of the world. This means that they’re most likely already in love with the soil that is natural to your garden, and they don’t expect to get much more rain than you would get on average each year. Although for most of the wildflowers in your garden, extra water and fertilizer won’t hurt the plants; in most cases, it will keep them blooming longer.