Summer is around the corner, and if you’re like me you can’t wait to get outside and start working in the garden. I have found that there’s nothing prettier than a wildflower garden. They’re not only beautiful, but they attract birds and butterflies. I love sunflowers in my garden. They can be used in a wildflower garden, but there are many flowers that can be used in addition. Here are a list of my favorites:
- Red and Yellow Poppies
- Black Eyed Susan
- Shasta Daisy
- Autumn and Lemon Queen Sunflowers
- Turtle Heads
- Blue Aster
- Texas Blue Bonnet
- Sweet William
- Wild Petunias
- Four O’Clocks
- Blanket Flowers
- Butterfly Weeds
- Wild Golden Glow
- Marsh Marigolds
Sowing or planting any or all of these flowers will result in a beautiful garden. Wildflowers look great even among grass and weeds; however, I do recommend that you remove as much grass and weeds as you can from the area where you will be sowing your seed. This will give the seeds an opportunity to sprout and grow a great root system initially.
Before you purchase your seed or flowers, know the difference between annuals, biennials, and perennials:
- Perennials – Most of the wild flowers listed are annuals, Cosmos, Poppies, Cornflowers, and will return year after year. They bloom abundantly and will drop lots of seeds before dying More plants will grow the following year.
- Annuals – You will have to purchase annuals yearly. Marigolds, petunias, geraniums are popular annuals.
- Biennials – Biennials will sprout one season but not bloom until the next year. They self-seed, so more and more plants will sprout in the spring. Black-eyed Susan and Sweet Williams are examples of biennials.
Regardless of whether you’re planning a cottage garden or just a small spot in your backyard, plant plenty of flowers for cutting. There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy the fruits of you labor.