Adding wildflowers to your garden is a great way to showcase the natural beauty of native Texas plants. As a cheap and easy addition to landscaping, wildflowers are an essential component to supporting the local environment. Katie Kuchta offers these tips on easy ways to incorporate wildflowers into your landscaping design.
Wildflowers in Texas can virtually be planted any time of the year if there is no chance of frost. Wildflower seeds germinate quickly and can do well in any type of weather as long as the freezing point won’t be an issue. Most wildflowers are quite low maintenance and will only need to be watered a few times before taking hold. After the wildflowers have blossomed, consider mulching around the area to help deter weeds. Enjoy wildflowers nearly all year round due to the long Texas growing season.
Pick a Spot
Wildflowers can be grown in a variety of areas including limited rows or large patches. Choose a spot in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Wildflowers are easily adaptable so consider planting them in bare areas of your garden. Many wildflowers can survive harsh conditions in soil that has little irrigation. Planting wildflowers in a row as a border is another option for Texas gardeners in order to add natural beauty to a space.
Showcase Native Varieties
Choosing wildflowers that naturally grow in your area is a great option to help sustain the local environment.
Not only are native varieties able to survive your particular climate but they also help support the pollinators in your area which creates a strong ecosystem. Some popular Texas wildflowers include the highly sought after Bluebonnet as well as the Indian Paintbrush and Drummond Phlox. Sticking to natural wildflowers from your area adds beauty to your landscaping as well as feeding local bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Start With Annuals
If you are nervous about adding wildflowers to your garden in fear that they will get out of control, consider choosing annual wildflower varieties that will only stick around for the growing season. Annuals would do well in a planter or even as a dedicated border as they will tend to stay where they are planted. Perennials would do well in a larger area or patch of landscaping that doesn’t have much else in it. Using annuals during the first year of adding wildflowers to your landscaping also allows you to choose a different variety year after year.
Beware Of Birds
After you laid down seed be careful to watch the planted areas for any neighborhood birds that may see your garden as a buffet. Wildflowers are naturally planted by the wind and should only be sown into the ground up to 1/16” thick. This shallow planting is the perfect spot for hungry birds. Consider covering the area with a net if you notice a lot of birds attracted to the seeded area. Once the seeds take hold and begin to grow the chance of losing the plants to birds is quite low.
There are so many beautiful Texas wildflowers that would make a great addition to any garden. Consider choosing native varieties that can be planted nearly anytime of the year. Annuals make a good option for smaller areas but beware of birds that may feast on newly thrown seeds. With just a few things to consider incorporating wildflowers into your landscaping is easy for any gardener.
See our previous posts on growing and planing road trips to see Bluebonnets.
About the Author
Katie Kuchta is a gardening and outdoor living writer. As a gardening guru, she can often be found tending to her small space herb and vegetable garden as well as curating essential oils for wellness and meditation practice.