Growing Wildflowers in Your Garden
Many people love the natural beauty of wildflowers. You can find them growing in a meadow, along the side of a road or even grow them purposefully in your own garden. Many admire the wildflowers that are found in the wild because these beautiful flowers grow – all without the help of a gardener seeing to their needs. Gardeners like them because they are not fussy flowers and need minimal care. Growing wildflowers is not like deciding to add several bushes of roses to your property! You’ll have beautiful blooms in no time and won’t have to watch over them constantly. They are also the perfect choice for the new gardener who is eager to grow flowers and wants to see results. Some flowers many of us now grow in our gardens were once known as wildflowers, including the snapdragon, the morning glory and the black-eyed Susan.
One challenge with wildflowers that those who grow them should be aware of is that if you choose to pick them, don’t expect them to last very long. Some flowers when picked will look lovely for a week or longer. Your wildflowers may be enjoyed for a few days or so and then start to fade. While they are hardy plants that require minimal care, this also means that they do not have the resources to withstand being picked.
The term “wildflower” is used to describe these charming flowers, but they are most often known by serious gardeners as “native species” which are naturally found in that specific area.
How to Grow Wildflowers
Growing wildflowers is easy and fun. They are the ideal choice for a new gardener who would love to grow flowers or anyone who would like to grow flowers that require minimal care. You’ll want to be sure to have a sunny spot for them. Use fertilizer only occasionally with your wildflowers, they actually prefer to grow naturally.
Popular Wildflowers Gardeners Love
There are many wildflowers available to plant in your garden. Here are some of the most popular wildflowers today. Remember to always check if a particular wildflower will grow in your climate and weather conditions, as wildflowers grow across the U.S.A. and in other countries.
Bachelor’s Button (also known as Corn Flower) – This flower is native of Europe and is an annual grower. It originally appears in blue but you’ll also find it in other colors including white, red and pink.
Cosmos – A charming and pretty flower that is often found in pink or white. This small flower blooms in the summertime and you’ll see it until the first frost. Cosmos are an annual flower.
Coltsfoot – This pretty yellow flower will bloom early on in the year. It has large flowers that sprout well ahead of its leaves.
Foxgloves – The Foxgloves appear in a beautiful, bold pink color that gardeners will love. This flower is found in wooded areas and prefers damp and shaded areas to grow best. You’ll see Foxgloves biennially and they bloom during the summertime.
Iceland Poppy – This flower is bright in color and large. They come in a variety of colors, from orange, yellow and white. They may remind some gardeners of tulips.
Prim Rose – Many love the Prim Rose and it blooms in the springtime. It has tiny white flower with yellow centers.
Sunflower – Some sunflowers stand over 12 feet tall, others are much smaller but these are beautiful wildflowers. Sunflowers can be found in yellow, light yellow and orange. They grow best in full or bright sunlight.
Remember there are many more – dozens and dozens! – of wildflowers you can choose from. Its time to grow a beautiful wildflower garden!