Majority of plants you can find in gardens are ‘domesticated’ plants – as I fondly call them. These garden plants have been cultured and ‘tamed’ through the years for the purpose of growing in our gardens and landscapes. They are the ones you’d find in your local garden supply store or nurseries. They look great and awesome, especially when carefully tended and designed.
But if you are tired of the all-too-usual garden plants and want to give your garden or landscape a refresh, why not try wild plants?
Wildflowers and native plants add character and variation to your garden. Most any landscape or garden is enhanced by planting these rare, wild floras. Aside from their unique ornamental qualities, wildflowers are easy to maintain and are tough. Once they have been planted on the right site, they require very little care and even creating a sustainable micro-environment within your garden. If you have a chance you can try riding your off-road truck and check a nearby wildlife reserve to see the beauty of these wild plants in nature. Of course, it’s best if your truck has an LED light bar, like the ones found on this site.
A friend of mine, a garden designer as well, once took me to the middle of a local forest reserve to show me some wild plants that can actually be grown for garden use. It was already dusk when we arrived at the site, good thing his 4×4 off-road truck is equipped with powerful 40-inch LED light bar. I was amazed by the unique shrubberies, greens and wildflowers that grew in this pristine natural garden. I almost got tempted to collect mature wild plants but I know it’s unethical and illegal, especially for threatened or rare species. We had to contend with collecting wildflower seeds and grow them.
Growing wildflowers from harvested seeds require careful attention. It takes a long time to germinate from seed and to mature. Some of these wild plant species often require pre-treatment before they are able to survive in a different environmental conditions. Good thing, there are nurseries and specialty shops that now offer wildflower seeds that are easy to grow. If you are an amateur in gardening, you can opt for mature wild plant species – however, expect them to be pricey.
When planning to transplant wild plant species to your garden, you have to remember that not all wild plants can be grown in your garden. There are a number of things that you have to consider – the soil, water and light conditions of the landscape, as well as the season. Some wild floras are adapted to certain soil or lighting conditions. And if they are not suited with the conditions of your garden, you’d only end up frustrated.
Lastly, before you even consider planting wild plants, it is best to read about the characteristics of the wildflower. For starters, you can go with wildflowers that are suited to different ecological niche – the likes of desert marigold and marsh marigold, are perfect species. They can add color and life to your garden landscape!