The first step in the process of designing a wildflower bed is to decide what types of wild flowers will be found in your climate. The next step, naturally, is to know which wildflowers will be adapted to the home environment. The next step is to select specific wildflowers that will be appropriate for your climate and then arrange them in such a way as to best fit such a bed.
There is a lot of information on the top of own-yard wild flower beds to help with this. In this article, however, we’ll deal with something different – planting a wildflower bed. Planting a wildflower bed is, perhaps, the most exciting part of the wildflower-growing experience.
Anyone new to the activity of wildflower planting is often dismayed when they read so many directions regarding the process. After a few encounters with all the “proper” procedures, and searching for advice at local festivals and the withheld rich-people sales, it can be fairly overwhelming and confusing.
The best way to start with a wildflower bed is to select plants that are native, among the species that are indigenous to your area. Remember back to the questions: “what is native to my area?” and “what can I expect to see in my area as a wildflower?” You’ll need to know the answer to both questions.
The next step is how weeds and grasses will be incorporated. With less native plants, the thinnest and damseliest look is achieved. Wet, shady spaces in early spring, when only weeds and lilies are in bloom, are beautiful. The ideal soil is light, friable and well-drained, with lots of organic matter. Ensure that native plants will be well-established with no evidence of any root disturbances in the coming growing season. Check for insects and diseases first if you ascertain this about the plants being considered.
Remember that native plants are adapted for your local climate. This includes their root systems, structure, leaf texture and leaves’ color. Picture yourself taking a careful look from underneath the plant, concealing at least 6-8 inches from the ground, to see how the plant behaves. Is the plant spreading, and can you see its root formation? Is it root bound and does it look stressed? Treat differently one particular plant over another, and pay careful attention to how the various parts of the plant appear. You might be surprised by how your wildflower bed takes shape well within hours of creating the wild garden.
Creating a wildflower garden brings joy and a sense of great satisfaction. It’s like a dream come true for a gardener. If you love wild flowers, you’ll find, with the right planning, that a bed of wildflowers will grow and bloom year after year with just a little care and attention.