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Planting a wildflower garden: The basics

by Jim Kelley 02/12/2024

For gardeners who enjoy a natural aesthetic, planting a wildflower garden might seem like the well-known choice for enhancing a home landscape. Many seed companies offer instant wildflower gardens in various solutions, but it takes more work than simply scattering seeds and hoping they become wild plants.

If you want to know more about wildflower gardens and whether they’re the right choice for your outdoor space, here is a basic guide to help:

What exactly is a wildflower garden?

A “wildflower” is any species of flower that has proven to be hardy and self-producing in a given area, regardless of human intervention. However, even if wildflowers grow successfully on their own, they aren’t always native plants. That said, most wildflowers thrive with poor soil and neglect, making them the perfect denizens of a low-maintenance garden.

What are the benefits of a wildflower garden?

The primary benefit of planting wildflowers in your outdoor space is that they can be a simple, low maintenance foundation of your garden. Growing wildflowers can help improve soil fertility and prevent erosion. They also tend to attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.

How to plant a wildflower garden

Here are some expert tips for growing wildflowers:

  • Plant individual plants or individual plant seeds. Unfortunately, wildflower seed mixes are not as successful as focusing on individual plants.
  • Rake the ground before and after spreading the seeds.
  • Water the entire area thoroughly, as the seeds need to stay moist until the sprouts are a few inches tall. To help retain moisture, add a light layer of mulch.

Is a wildflower garden right for you? Keep these basic tips in mind when considering adding wildflower plants to your outdoor space.

About the Author

Jim Kelley

Originally from upstate New York, I moved to Park City soon after college to spread my wings and explore the western United States, taking full advantage of the world class golf courses, beautiful mountains and the greatest snow on earth. 20 years later I am grateful to still call Park City home.

Client experience is my #1 objective. I have a passion for helping people realize their perfect Park City experience. My 22 years of resort management provided me with tremendous opportunity to work with so many different people from all over the world, delivering the services and experiences they desired and facilitating them to take advantage of all Park City has to offer.

Having played, worked and raised three children in Park City, my knowledge runs deep of the community and its surrounding areas, and all they have to offer. I am confident I can help you to find your next dream home in this wonderful community.