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Planting Wildflowers

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Let a corner of your garden go wild with wildflowers.

A wildflower garden brings natural color and beauty to your yard. Best of all, since wildflowers are wild and adapted to native conditions, they are easy to maintain and trouble-free.


A wildflower garden brings natural color and beauty to your yard. Best of all, since wildflowers are wild and adapted to native conditions, they are easy to maintain and trouble-free.

To have the most success with a wildflower garden, choose plants that are native to your area. Take into account native plants that already grow on your property, like flowering clovers and daisies. In addition to flowers, include long grasses for a full, wild feel.

Buy seeds for individual plants as opposed to a "wildflower mix." Separating the species makes sure certain blooms are planted at the right time, and can allow you to stagger plantings to extend the blooming season.

Although the flowers are wild, they do require growing conditions like any other flower type. make sure the soil is prepared for planting. Also pay attention to the lighting and water requirements of the flower varieties.

A wildflower garden is always a work in progress. Have fun mixing different colors, shapes and heights. Note which varieties do best in the meadow and save their seeds. Replace the flowers that didn't fare so well with different varieties. For easy seed saving, plant wildflower seeds in blocks so it's easy to identify varieties.

 
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