What comes to mind when you think of wildflowers? Maybe beautiful splashes of colorful flowers throughout the desert? Well, how about growing them yourself instead of driving somewhere to view wildflowers in the spring? Wildflowers are easy to grow and you have the added benefit of being able to view their beautiful blooms outside your window throughout the spring. Butterflies and hummingbirds will be drawn to your wildflower garden as well.
Wildflower demonstration garden on a golf course
The wildflower garden above was planted by me about 9 years ago on a golf course. It was one of three demonstration gardens that I designed. My goal was to inspire people to grow wildflowers at home. I planted Red Flax and Arroyo Lupine which are blooming in the photo above. California Bluebells as well as California Poppies were also planted, but had not bloomed yet.
Brittlebush is blooming in the background. (I learned from this experience, that wildflowers should be thinned once they germinate, obviously I did not do that – one of many gardening mistakes that I have learned from over the years).
One of my favorite wildflower combinations are California Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia) along with California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica or mexicana) and Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata).
I also like this combination – Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus) with California Poppies and Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’). The possibilities are absolutely endless….
The ideal time to sow most types of wildflower seed is October through December, so it is time to plan your wildflower garden now. The Desert Botanical Garden has excellent information on how to grow wildflowers which can be found at Desert Botanical Garden Growing Wildflowers.
*The source that I have used for wildflower seed is a small company called Wild Seed. They can be reached at 602-276-3536. They will mail you a catalog of the wildflower seed that they have available.