Wildflowers are species of flowers that have shown themselves to be hardy and self-reproducing, with little attention from the gardener. Although they will grow wild on their own, they are not necessarily native plants. Wildflower gardens are considered a low-cost alternative to high-maintenance gardening. Many wildflowers prefer poor soil and neglect, making them ideal for tough to maintain areas of your property.
Have you secretly considered turning your high-maintenance mixed border into a wildflower garden? It can be hard to resist when seed companies are out there promoting their instant wildflower gardens in a can, sack, or roll.
Preparing for a Wildflower Garden
If these plants are truly wild (weeds, to most highway maintenance crews), why must they be coddled and coaxed out of the ground? Well, let’s start with what growing a wildflower garden actually means.
Many gardeners naively believe you can simply scatter some seeds, ignore the gardening basics, and wind up with a self-sowing meadow of bluebells and lace caps. In truth, starting a wildflower garden is often more work than putting in a perennial border and it is not necessarily self-perpetuating.
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These plants need to be dug out, or pulled completely out of the ground:
So get rid of any brute that threatens to out-compete your flowers or steal their resources. If you can, try to avoid using weedkillers because they can harm the environment.
How do I get rid of weeds?
Share the knowledge: create a rogues gallery: ‘Weeds least wanted!’ Get descriptions and take photographs to make a poster then display it where others can use it.
To make it more manageable, why not have a weeding party: many hands make light work so invite friends, relatives and neighbours to help!
Here is a list of some of the most common plants that are considered weeds (although some of them are very attractive in their own right). There’s more information and pictures on the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website.