The return to nature. This catchword used to be very popular among English gardeners from the early eighteenth century, when the straight alleys, carefully worked vegetation and lush details of the Baroque style were no longer popular.
It was time for a change! It was probably rather a call of the nature, but this is how the new wild gardens have been born. One of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century, Alexander Pope, was the first to design such a space; he created in Twickenham Park, England, a true natural paradise.
Returning to present and comparing different styles of gardens, we can easily realize that Pope was right to take such an initiative. The wild garden, allowed to grow freely, creates a unique feeling of peace, tranquility and naturalness. Did you know you can plant a hummingbird flower mix to attract hummingbirds? Or specific mixes to attract bees?
What does a wild garden mean?
A wild garden can have a variety of definitions. For some, it means a way to limit the special care that most plants need to look perfect, and to create a different gardening style, closer to the natural harmony. Others may associate a wild garden exclusively with the types of plants chosen for that space. If you are fond of walking through pristine places, where Mother Nature rules without human intervention, you should definitely opt for a wildflower garden.
The idea of a wild garden is nothing more than creating a space that looks as natural as possible, with less rigid lines, shapes and rules.
Reasons to have a wild garden
There are many benefits to deciding to allow your garden to grow wild. Consider the role of the wildflowers and remember that cutting vegetation is a process that we perform in our yards or gardens, but it is not a norm in the nature. We feel that we must limit the growth of plants in order to transform nature and make it more organized, even geometric, but we must also remember that the nature knows what it is doing without our intervention, and sometime we might be surprised by the beauty it creates in the so-called chaos.
Of course, a wild garden does not mean to allow plants to invade everything, but it means using wild species that are not just very beautiful but also provide a great habitat for wildlife. If you prefer a garden that requires much easier maintenance, less effort for you and less time spent for taking care of it, a wildflower garden is the best option.
Another benefit of such a garden is that it becomes more and more natural as the plants grow. We like to spend time in nature because we connect with the smells and landscapes it offers us. If you allow your plants to adopt a growth pattern as close to the natural one, they will retain the essence of nature in your garden.
Native plants that grow in your area are the best for your garden. Wildflowers may seem strong and resistant, growing on their own even in difficult soils and climatic conditions, but they become very sensible when it comes to naturalizing them in a foreign environment. Such experiments may work, with a lot of dedication, but the process is difficult and frustrating in most of the cases.
To select the right wildflowers, you can talk to specialists from local nurseries, or you can study books and search for the necessary information online.