Wildflowers are one of nature’s most exuberant participants. Producing entire fields of seasonal color, their explosive entrances mark one of the most lovely – and in Texas the toughest – times of year.
Wildflowers are a perfect illustration of the Texas landscape: it’s hot, we’re here, and we will be back. We have the privilege of witnessing them carpet the forgotten places, blanketing the empty zones we pass on obligatory commutes – another call from nature to remain grateful even when things are temporary. They remind of us of color, the season, and how to enjoy the little things.
Color has the distinct ability to impact our mood – to lift our spirits, soothe, energize or welcome. Little pockets of vibrancy in your landscape can enrich a space, without overpowering it. The Texas Department of Transportation knows this; every year they have an annual program that buys and sows over 30,000 POUNDS of wildflower seed across our Texas highways.
Who doesn’t love a field blazing full of Indian Paintbrushes, winking Blackfoot Daisies, elegant stalks of Purple Coneflower, or the tender welcome of pink Buttercups? These tiny clusters of color withstand the wind, the rain and the heat and they make all the difference for drivers who see their prolific blooms. You can enjoy the same seasonal impact at your home!
A favorite for many pollinators, saving a space in your landscape for wildflowers can also bring very pretty guests to your doorstep. Spread the love and bring wildflowers into your landscape! They are usually grown from seed, but with options in both annuals and perennials you can create a colorful space that can change and grow over the years. Explore local wildflower options and have fun selecting your own bursts of color!
Buy local wildflower seed and when your flowers bloom, wish them well!
References: Potter, Anna. The Flower Fix. (White Lion 2019); Darcey, Cheralyn. Flowerpaedia. (Rockpool 2017) “Wildflower Program.” Texas Department of Transportation, www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/maintenance/wildflower-program.html. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.