Plan a Wild
Flower Garden and Recreate the Splendor of Nature in Your Own Back Yard
by Gabrielle Bennett
A few years ago I
made the decision to create a wild flower garden within my existing garden.
I had been working
to develop a more earth friendly approach to my garden, trying
different options for fertilizing and pest and weed control. The next
logical step for me was to establish a wild flower or natural style garden.
I was new to this
and thought that this particular section of my yard would require
little work. After all, if these flowers grow wild without any human
help then I had found the ultimate "no maintenance"
garden...right. Wrong. As I researched, I learned that I had to
design my wild flower garden to take account of soil type, light and moisture.
However, I also
found that if you are prepared to learn from nature, it becomes a
delightful journey with guaranteed success, after all, mother nature
has been growing flowers and trees since time began.
If you are
considering a natural wild flower garden, remember for success you
need to work with your local environment and choose plants that will
thrive in those conditions. Again, learn from nature, check out local
forests, meadows and parks. What kind of wild flowers grow there and
just as important, exactly where are they growing, under trees, out
in full sun, between rocks or at the edge of a pond.
Your garden can be
anything you want, a full wild flower garden or a garden within your
existing garden, it can have a simple mulch path with a small bench
for sitting, or elaborate brick walks and walls, water feature and
lighting. The amount of work involved is determined by size and layout.
You can start your
garden from seeds or plants but which ever you choose, for a
successful garden you need to plan and prepare and then plant.
This is the first
of a series of articles on how to plan, design and grow a wild flower garden.
About The Author
is a gardener with many years experience gardening in different
climates. More information on Wild Flower Gardens can be found on her
website at http://www.complete-flower-garden.com/wildflowergarden.html.