How to Grow Wildflowers in Your Garden
If you have ever gone hiking in east Tennessee, then you have noticed fields of wildflowers. Wildflowers can grow almost anywhere as long as the proper preparation has taken place. Select wildflowers that have the same growing requirements such as location and soil requirements. Choose colors that will blend well together, adding a whimsical feel to your garden. Planting wildflowers in your garden will give you an abundance of easy-to-care-for flowers.
Preparing the Soil
Find a location in your yard that is in full sun with well-drained soil that is not at the bottom of a hill where water will settle. Remove grass in the chosen area if necessary with a herbicide. Follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label.
Prepare the bed by tilling the soil to a depth of 1 inch mixing in perlite or potting soil about 4 parts material to 1 part seed. Check the pH of the soil with a soil testing kit. The pH of the soil should be 5.5 to 7.0. in order for wildflowers to grow.
Water the cleared area to encourage any remaining weeds or grass to grow. Pull up with your hands. Wildflowers need nutrients to grow well and shouldn’t compete with weeds or grass. Wait a month before planting wildflowers.
Planting the Wilflower Seeds
Select a variety of wildflower seed packets from a local nursery that you would like to plant in your yard. Plant the wildflowers seed by rolling them into the soil making sure to not cover more than 1/16 of an inch. Place straw on the seed to retain moisture.
Water well the first few weeks for the wildflowers to become established. Wildflowers are drought-tolerant but still water them once a week for better results.