Wildflower Gardening

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Wildflower Gardening

For effective wildflower gardening, it is important to choose the appropriate location for your garden.These flowers sometimes are not intentionally planted or seeded but grow due to certain environmental conditions. Such wildflowers are today sold in the seed packets making the term “wildflower” appear vague.The trend of growing such wild flowers is increasing in flower gardening. Many people are shifting their attention towards growing wild flowers as they require low maintenance and have less water requirements. Although, wild flowers don’t require more attention, it is important to know what kind of wild flower it is and its characteristics.

Following are a few wildflowers which can be used in the gardens:

1. White Rockrose

White Rockrose

The common wild rockrose is a bright yellow beauty gracing two areas of limestone in Britain. This is an evergreen shrub which grows to 5’ in height and width. Multiple plants can be set in line to form a solid dense hedge. These flowers form on the ends of the branches. The leaves are arranged in an opposite fashion. They have an ovate shape and are typically long.

2.Foxglove

foxglove

It is difficult to think of a more typical English cottage garden flower than the foxglove. For the tallest spikes, sow seed in April or May, lining out the plants in a semi-shaded part of the vegetable garden to grow into large cabbage rosettes, before setting them out in their final positions to flower the following year. But then again, summer is a leisurely season, so you may be happy just letting them seed around.

3.Field Poppy

field poppy

There is something weird about the common field poppy for good reason, for this arable “weed” is not native to Britain, but travelled here with the earliest farmers and their grain crops,If you are willing to dig over your land each year, annual poppies and other corn field flowers are easily grown from an early spring sowing, but don’t expect them to come up year after year in a dense, grassy wildflower meadow.

4.Columbine

Columbine

The elegant columbineits common name from Columba, the Latin for dove, because the sepals of the flower bear a passing resemblance to a cluster of five long-necked doves. It is an easy garden plant for a semi-shaded spot on most soils, gently seeding around to form generous colonies after a year or two.

5.Snakehead Fritillary

Snakehead Fritillary

This most elegant of spring grassland flowers is no longer thought to be native to Britain, yet has entered local folklore wherever it grows, and is cherished in the few meadows in which it survives.Just buy fresh bulbs (the larger the better, and the colour and texture of raw cashews) plant them four inches deep in good garden soil, and make sure that they can complete their full lifecycle – growing, flowering, seeding and withering – before chopping them down.

6.Sea Kale

sea kale

It is an architectural plant. Its thick corrugated leaves form a rigid foil for countless gleaming white flowers in summer. The whole sturdy structure is well adapted to the breezy coastal shingles that it inhabits, but it will adapt to garden conditions, favouring a sunny spot on a light yet fertile soil. Covered with a terracotta forcing pot early in the season, seakale produces a crop of blanched leaf stems and can be eaten raw in salads, or gently steamed That said, they are almost too beautiful to eat.

 

 

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