3 Ways to Use Texas Wildflowers in Your Outdoor Living Space

If you're like most homeowners, it's important to you that your outdoor living space is attractive and comfortable — and better yet if your landscaping elements are low-maintenance so that you can spend more time enjoying your home instead of doing yard work.

Wildflower mixes are an excellent way to provide your yard and garden with a dazzling array of blooming plants that don't require a great deal of care. Wildflowers by nature are meant to thrive outside of cultivation, so all they really need is sun and water. Perhaps best of all, they reseed themselves every year.

However, wildflowers aren't the best choices for formal gardens and mixed-perennial borders because of their propensity to crowd out other plants and their overall rustic appearance.  Fortunately, however, there are many ways that the average homeowner can use wildflowers to brighten up their outdoor living space. Here are three of them. 

1. In a Half-Barrel

Sprinkling wildflower seeds in a half-barrel and keeping the soil watered will result in a delightful profusion of wildflowers in as little as six weeks, and half barrels provide a rustic aesthetic that pairs perfectly with wildflowers. These can be placed in a variety of places throughout your outdoor living space, such as by the front door to provide a whimsical welcome or as a natural centerpiece on your patio or deck that you and your family can enjoy during barbecues or other outdoor activities. 

2. Along a Fence

Wildflowers scattered along a fence provide an abundance of old school charm. If you have a chain-link or other type of open-weave fence, choose a wildflower mix that includes some vining varieties that can grow up the fence. If your yard doesn't have a fence, you can always plant wildflowers along its outer edges for a similar effect.

3. In a Backyard Meadow

If you're tired of mowing the lawn in your backyard and don't feel you need the grass, consider having it removed and planting a wildflower meadow instead. After removing all vegetation and preparing the ground, sow the seeds and provide adequate water for several weeks until the plants are about four inches tall, and then taper off. In most areas, the natural amount of rainfall is enough to meet a wildflower meadow's needs except in times of drought. Once established, you'll only need to mow your meadow one per year in late autumn.   

Consider getting wildflowers from your local area, or in a gift set. Many shops will have options like Texas Wildflower gifts.