May 2nd through May 8th is National Wildflower Week. How will you celebrate? Here at Made on Terra we are very passionate about the great outdoors and we take gardening holidays very seriously. Wildflowers and other native plants help conserve water, protect the soil from erosion, and make a beautiful alternative to grass. They also provide a natural habitat for wildlife like birds and butterflies. As such, we've prepared some helpful tips for successful wildflower cultivation.
The end of fall frost marks an important date for gardeners. With warm weather on the horizon it means that planting can begin! While all regions should be frost free by this point in the year, here's a helpful chart so you know when fall frost ends in your area for planning next year's garden.
Select a site with good drainage, good nutrients, and at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. A good general rule is that if other grass or weeds are growing there, wildflowers will likely thrive there as well.
Clear the way:
Remove any unwanted vegetation that will compete with your wildflowers. Removing any additional dead or dried grass can also help your flowers prosper. Tilling the soil correctly is another key step. Make sure to properly till the planting area no more than a foot deep. Deep soil tilling is not advised as most seed packs recommend a shallow planting depth.
Our favorite wildflower varieties:
We've chosen some of our top wildflower selections to share with you.
California Poppy, Black Eyed Susan, Blue Flax, Purple Coneflower, Zinnia, Shasta Daisy, Cosmos, Texas Bluebonnet, and Lanceleaf all bloom in a variety of regions and will add that pop of color that your garden was asking for.