Do you have a section of dirt that you hate to mow or can’t? Wildflowers is an option. They are very attractive and low maintenance and will fill in nicely after a few years.
Here are a few wildflower varieties that I prefer and I grow all of these. These varieties are best for a spot where they will not overtake your other landscapes, but like honeysuckle, some can be trained into beautiful, blooming shrubs.
With medium green foliage and their yellow and white blossoms, honeysuckle vines are a perfect addition to your wild flower landscape. It’s very hard to kill honeysuckle and alot of people do not like it, because it can be very invasive. I have had my honeysuckle growing for five years, but I keep mine contained by trimming just like a shrub bush. I just couldn’t resist that sweet honey smell.
Ever travel along the countryside and see bunches of orange lilies in full bloom? Those are wood lilies. My family always called them tiger lilies. They are a beautiful addition with just the right amount of color. It doesn’t take many plants to get established. They propogate hardily all on their own.
Wild Clematis is another vine that can be trained on a trellis or arbor. They are very fragrant and comes in different colors. Clematis can grow very tall so be prepared. It makes a great natural shade border and smells great.
With delicate white flowers, yarrow will add a nice touch to your colorful wildflower assortment. Use it between your lilies to make it looks like a nature-made bouquet. The foliage is a feathery, fragil-looking medium green. Yarrow will attract many butterflies to your garden–an added benefit.
A wild paintbrush plant or prarie fire plant speaks for itself. Red fiery blooms, although it can come in other colors, will make a statement. Paintbrush is only a biennial, so don’t be disappointed when it doesn’t make an appearance. Paintbrush flowers looks just like the feathery wisps of an artist’s paintbrush. It’s a showstopper.
Yellow Harkweed resembles a dandelion head. A very hairy-like plant with large yellow blossoms. You will have to be careful planting hawkweed. It does become invasive and since it’s not a vine, trimming it won’t help. You’ll have to dig up the entire plant and burn it, if it becomes a problem. It can choke out your other wildflowers, so consider this before you plant.
Wildflowers are just as beautiful as others. They sometimes get a bad rep, because they do become invasive. I planted my wildflowers because I had a spot on the land I hated to mow. Plus, I love the flowers, no matter what they are.