Planting wildflowers in your garden is a quick and easy way to bring color and diversity to your backyard. Not only will you be able to enjoy the beauty of these vibrant blooms, but you’ll also be helping local wildlife by providing food sources for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Plus, these flowers are incredibly low maintenance — once they’re planted, there’s little need for additional watering or fertilizing. Here are the top reasons you should scatter wildflower seeds in your garden and how to do it. (Hint: it isn’t difficult)
Benefits of scattering wildflower seeds in your garden
You’ll have a beautiful, vibrant garden with minimal effort
Wildflowers are easy to grow and require very little maintenance, so you can enjoy the beauty of your backyard without having to spend hours tending for plants every week. Plus, since they’re drought resistant and don’t need much fertilizer, they’re an ideal choice for those who don’t have the time or resources to maintain a more traditional garden.
You’ll attract local wildlife
Wildflowers will provide food sources and nesting habitats for bees, butterflies, birds, and other native animals—making your garden a go-to spot for pollinators and other wildlife. This can be especially beneficial if you live in an area where natural habitats are scarce.
Wildflowers also provide shelter for animals. They can act as a natural barrier that keeps predators out, providing safety to the smaller creatures that live in your garden.
You’ll save money and reduce waste
Scattering wildflower seeds is much more affordable than buying plants from a nursery. It also eliminates plastic waste and other packaging materials that come with the plants, making it an eco-friendly way to fill your garden.
You’ll help preserve plant diversity
In recent years, the number of wildflower species has been declining due to habitat loss and climate change. By planting wildflowers, you’ll be helping to protect these species and preserve plant diversity in your local area.
It’s easy to get started
Scattering wildflower seeds is a simple process that just about anyone can do. All you need is a bag of wildflower seeds, some compost or soil, and access to an outdoor space with good sun exposure.
How to plant wildflower seeds in your garden
After the risk of spring frost has passed and the soil has warmed for the season, it’s time to get your wildflower seeds into the garden! Purchase a bag of mixed wildflower seeds or a blend that includes your favorite varieties. Here’s how to get started:
- Choose a sunny spot in your garden and clear any existing debris from the area.
- Spread a thin layer of compost or soil over the area and take it smooth with your hands.
- Sprinkle the wildflower seeds evenly over the prepared area and lightly cover them with more compost or soil. Step on the seeds to slightly compress them and help them make contact with the soil.
- Water the area lightly and keep it moist but not soggy until the flowers start to sprout.
- Once they have grown, enjoy your beautiful garden!
Note: Wildflowers are some of the most hardy, successful flowers you can grow from seed. While preparing the soil will help ensure that more seeds germinate, you’ll still see flowers pop up with minimal effort. If you don’t have the time to prepare a special place, simply toss a few handfuls of seeds into any blank spaces in your garden.
Top questions about scattering wildflower seeds
Won’t animals eat the seeds?
Not likely! Wildflower seeds are very small and will quickly disappear into the soil. Most animals won’t bother trying to eat them. Plus, you are scattering thousands of tiny seeds in every few handfuls, making it unlikely that animals will be able to find all of them.
Will I have to water them a lot?
No, wildflowers don’t require much additional watering once they’re planted. Just make sure the soil is moist until the flowers start to sprout and you should be good to go. After that, they should only need a sprinkle every few weeks during the summer months.
Do I need to fertilize them?
No, wildflowers don’t require much in terms of additional nutrients or fertilizer. If your soil is lacking essential nutrients, spread a thin layer of compost or fertilize with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer prior to planting.
Do wildflowers make good cut flowers?
Yes, wildflowers make great cut flowers for arrangements. Just be sure to wait until the flowers are fully opened before cutting them and use sharp scissors or garden clippers. Make sure to leave some of the bloomed flowers in your garden so they can drop their seeds and spread for next season!
Will wildflowers come back next year?
Yes! Many annual wildflowers will self-seed and come back each year. Some perennials might need a little bit of help from you (such as dividing or replanting) to ensure they return the next season, but it’s well worth it for the beauty that they bring to your garden.
What is the best type of wildflower mix to buy?
That depends on your location and the specific type of garden you’re trying to create. If you’re new to wildflower gardening, a general mix of native or heirloom annuals is a great way to get started. A blend of perennials will bring color and texture every year without any additional effort from you!
Can you grow wildflowers in containers?
Yes! Wildflowers are a great choice for container gardens because they don’t require much space and can be planted in any type of pot. Just make sure the pot has drainage holes, as wildflowers don’t like sitting in waterlogged soil.
Create a wildflower oasis
Hopefully you’re inspired to scatter wildflower seeds in your garden! Now get out there and start enjoying the beauty of these magnificent flowers! With a few simple steps and a bag of wildflower seeds, you can transform your backyard into a vibrant oasis for wildlife and people alike.