Wildflowers can provide an excellent, low cost alternative in large-scale,
high maintenance situations, as well as a satisfying change from
traditional urban landscaping.
In reconstructing a natural setting, it is important to remember
that we cannot do in one year that which took nature many lifetimes
to create. The first year
can be somewhat frustrating because that visual picture you have in your mind
does not happen. The long-lasting perennials normally take two, and sometimes
three years to bloom. While a few varieties bloom the first year, we recommend
including annuals to guarantee color during the seeding year.
Weed competition is the number one cause of failure in prairiegrass and wildflower
seedings. Taking weed-control measures before you seed will create a better environment
for successful establishment.
Patience will be rewarded by the array of colorful wildflowers that will be enjoyed
for many years. Even once established, areas planted to wildflowers will vary
from year to year as environmental conditions cause some varieties to go dormant
while others bloom actively — a testimony to the incredible durability
of the native landscape!