My favorite part of winter is that it means spring is just around the corner. And spring means flowers. Flower add so much color and softness to a home and can do great things for curb appeal. I haven’t put a lot of effort into my gardens over the last few years because we moved so often. Now that we are finished building and plan to live in this house for a long time, it’s time to make some long term landscaping plans. One of my plans is to grow a wildflower meadow in the front corner of our property. I just love the idea of having a whole field filled with beautiful flowers, and being able to go out and fill a vase with my own cut flowers.
Pictured below is the area that we’re going to plant the meadow. We have 30 acres of land that are mostly treed, except for a couple acres right at the front of our property. This clearing at the front corner of the property is about 1/4 acre. I think it’s the perfect location for a wildflower garden. It’s right along the road, and will be the first thing we will see when we come home.
There is a path in the far corner of this clearing that connects the front yard with the back yard…
…and down that path are beehives that are kept on the neighboring property. In case you didn’t know it yet, bees are kind of important. Planting wildflowers is a great way to increase the bee population. I’m also hoping that the bees will pollinate my flowers and I’ll get lots of blooms, so it’s a win win!
For my wildflower meadow I will be starting all the flowers from seed. I love getting seed catalogues in the mail in the winter. They are so colorful and filled with beautiful pictures. I like to flip through them and circle everything that I would love to grow.
For my wildflower meadow I wanted to grow a mix of perennials and annuals. This hopefully will ensure a variety of long term color year after year, and some flowers that will grow quick and provide instant color this year. My color scheme is mostly purples, white and pinks, with bits of yellow and orange too. So for my garden I chose Alaska Shasta Daisy, Hidcote Blue Lavender, Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea, Bird and Butterfly Mix, and Cottage Garden Wildflower Mix. Both of these wildflower mixes have a variety of perennials and annuals in them. Vesey’s was so kind as to give me the seeds that I will be using for my garden.
There’s growing instructions on the back of the seeds packages, but also a lot of information on Vesey’s website. I plan to grow some of the seeds indoors about two months before planting. Generally a good time to plant outdoors is when there’s no risk of frost, so I will wait until the end of May. Stay tuned for another post in the early spring about how to plant a wildflower meadow!