Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

It's Easy to Garden with Wildflowers

by National Gardening Association Editors

Property owners have been planting wildflower meadows for years, but did you know these wildflower seed facts?

Wildflowers make great borders

  • They’re perfect for landscapes: Wildflower seeds offer a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to lawns.
  • You can save money: Use wildflower seeds and replace expensive annuals.
  • Plant when you want: Wildflowers can be seeded spring or fall. Let your schedule decide.
  • Container gardening?: Try wildflowers for easy, impressive results.
  • Wildflowers are great space fillers: Plant seeds anywhere you’d like to add amazing color.
  • Top your bulbs with wildflowers: Plant wildflower seeds when you plant fall bulbs and help prevent spring maintenance.
  • Seeds for specific uses: Mixtures are available for both specific regions and uses, such as deer resistance or dry areas.

Sure you can plant a big meadow of wildflowers, and many gardeners do. But recent refinements in seed mixtures and improved planting methods make it easy to use wildflower seeds for color wherever you want it. Keep reading for more new ways to use wildflowers seeds.

Landscapes with Wildflowers

Invest in your landscape and the environment
The EPA estimates that 5 percent of our nation’s air pollution is caused by lawn mowers. As always, the cost of landscaping with wildflower seeds is a gardener’s dream. Your grandest plans are possible when you utilize the ‘wildflower seed advantage.’ What advantage? You can cover a large area for a modest investment and save money, work and emissions. Think about it. The average perennial plant costs about four to six dollars and maintaining lawns requires constant cost and effort. With seeds, you can have thousands of perennials for just pennies each and you can greatly reduce the time it takes to maintain your lawn.

Pick your favorites and cut costs
Say you want to edge a walk with flowers. Forget the expensive six-packs of plants at the garden center; all you need is a ¼ pound of your favorite annual wildflowers. Wildflowers like California poppies, multicolored cornflowers and others stay short and bloom for months. You can even make up your own mix. A favorite is annual baby’s breath with lush red poppies—they’re easy and super-quick to bloom. Best of all, your flowers won’t look the same as all the others on the block.

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