https://www.azplantlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Southwest_Wildflowers_red_flax_California_bluebells.jpg 424 640 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.azplantlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/favicon.png email@example.com 14:00:002020-03-04 11:55:50Sow Wildflower Seed in Fall for a Gorgeous Spring Display
|California bluebells and red flax|
One of spring’s many joys are the fields of wildflowers that we often see growing along the side of the road. It is one of the many miracles of nature how such lovely flowers can grow in the wild without any help from people.
I find it kind of ironic that if we want to grow these flowers of the wild in our own garden we have to give them a little assistance to get them going. But, the preparation is fairly simple and the rewards are definitely well worth the effort.
|Arroyo lupine with white gaura|
As with many things in the garden, planting begins in advance, and in the case of wildflowers, fall is the best time to sow the seeds for spring bloom.
I’ve planted wildflower gardens throughout my career, but I’ll never forget my first one. It was on a golf course and I sowed quite a bit of wildflower seed in that small area – and I mean a LOT of seed. The wildflowers were growing so thickly together and probably would have looked nicer if I had used less seed and/or thinned them out a little once they started to grow. But, I loved that little wildflower garden.
If you like wildflowers, how about setting aside some space in your garden to plant your own?
I have shared my tips on creating a wildflower garden in my latest article for Houzz. I hope you enjoy it.
**Do you have a favorite wildflower?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."