Spring isn’t just about sunshine, warmer weather, and flowers. It’s also the perfect time to plant wildflowers, which adds beauty to lawns and flower beds and benefits the environment too. Native wildflowers can be placed along your property line to help control erosion, while non-native species can be planted for wildlife. The seeds of such plants can be purchased at most home and garden centers and plant nurseries. Botanical gardens on the other hand, often sell live plants.
Wildflowers are the plants in the genus Symphyotrichum, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere, often in temperate and arctic regions. The wildflowers are brightly coloured, attracting the attention of pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds, flies, and butterflies. Some of these flowers bloom for a limited amount of time, such as perhaps a single day or for a few weeks. Others, however, reproduce by seed.
On a similar note, wildflowers are a natural way to add beauty and colour to your environment while also helping others. You can grow them in containers, which is a fun and interesting option for those short on space—or who, like me, enjoy gardening. You can also plant wildflowers in bare spots in your yard, where they don’t compete with other plants for nutrients and sunlight.
Planting wildflowers can provide a colourful and addictive way to improve the urban and suburban landscape. They also provide a habitat for native songbirds and small mammals, butterflies, and bees as well.
Why Are Wildflowers Important to The Environment?
A field of wildflowers is a beautiful sight to see, but have you ever stopped to wonder what makes these flowers so special? They are more than just pretty; they are incredibly important to the environment. They help in enhancing the soil healthy by attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. They also serve as food for birds and other animals, which keeps the ecosystem healthy.
Reasons To Love Wildflowers
Wildflowers have a lot going for them. They provide colour and beauty to a landscape while attracting butterflies and other insects. Wildflowers near streams, lakes, and ponds provide food for many fish, birds, and other creatures. They’re often one of the easiest wildflowers to grow, requiring little care or attention. But the main reason to love them is that they have earned their nickname as “living fossils” which can be dated as far back as 60 million years.
These plants abound in the spring and summer, and their presence brings many joys. They brighten our lawns, our gardens, our fields, and our meadows, adding beauty and colour to the landscape. Their flowers add a burst of colour to an otherwise drab land. Their fragrances bring a richness and calming effect after a hard day’s work. In addition, they provide pollen and nectar for pollinators, all of whom add something to the natural world.
How To Grow Wildflowers
Growing wildflowers is an easy, rewarding, and inexpensive hobby. Many wildflowers naturally re-seed themselves, so planting them once will result in years of enjoyment. Additionally, flowering plants come in all varieties, from annuals that last only a single season to perennials that can live for decades.
Growing flower plants is a great way to reconnect with nature, and it’s also a great way to add colour to your home and garden. Growing wildflowers at home are incredibly easy, and the best part is you don’t have to worry about the plants dying. They will grow year-round, even in the winter. All you have to do is pick the right wildflowers to provide the proper nutrients, and soon enough, you’ll have a beautiful perennial garden.
Where To Grow Wildflowers
Flowers add colour and life to our homes, gardens, and yards, and there’s no bigger joy than watching your seeds sprout into beautiful flowers that you can enjoy for years. But if you’re tired of buying flowers from your local nursery and are interested in growing your own, there are endless places you can start. You can start small by growing wildflowers in containers on your deck or patio, or you could throw caution to the wind and start growing them in your flower beds.
Having said that, wildflowers are some of the most vibrantly coloured and fragrant plants. They add pops of colour to an otherwise plain landscape and make great additions to a garden. Lucky for all of us, wildflowers are easy to grow just about anywhere – even in the city and in shaded areas.