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wildflowers.ie in the Front
|Wildflowers for the front garden should be kept
and maintained to a high standard. Formality can be achieved with
wildflowers especially when they are placed just off the lawn.
Design By Nature has for over 20 years used to great effect, the following
guidelines when designing a front garden:
- Greater than 60% of the shrubs and trees planted should be evergreen and "not just conifers" to provide all year interest and give a 'quality foliage' effect. Use foliage that
compliments the property. Try to avoid fussy planting,
- All the plants planted in the front garden should only be plants
that grow well in your area because if they grow well they will look
healthy. Its not the colour of the flowers, or foliage, but the
quality that really counts. The front garden is your showpiece
for the whole year.
- Because of the misconception that
wildflowers are wild looking, some
people may think that this will detract from the property value.
That's why we recommend creating a formal garden interlaced with wildflowers. Remember grasses, most trees, nearly all herbaceous
plants and shrubs, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas are all native to some
country and are in fact wildflowers.
- Fact - a weed is only a plant in the wrong place. Weeding is work, and if its relaxation, physical exercise or praise your after, go dig / turn the compost heap, that's what its there for
Features for a front garden include
- Wildflowers sown into gravel driveways
- Low growing wildflowers on edges, verges and kerbing
- Single species groups of wildflowers treated as herbaceous border
- Certain wildflower species grow
well when interplanted into shrubs
- Creeping and climbing wildflowers to enliven hedges and walls
- Architectural wild flora such as Mullein, Foxglove, Field Scabious,
Burdock and Marjoram.
Mini meadow maintenance for front gardens
|Mini meadows are most suitable for front
gardens as they are regularly cut, floristically rich and well
It is best to display a sign in your front
garden letting people know that this is a wildlife garden, you could even
go as far as saying "the gardener is a lazy sod"
or at least doesn't cut the lawn because they choose not to - for wildlife