Western Australia has some of the most beautiful and unique native flowers with over 12,000 species. Wildflower season is between June and November and attracts locals and tourists to National Parks across WA to experience the serenity and beautiful views. According to Tourism Western Australia (2021) over 60% of our wildflower species are only found here in WA.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait till June to see these flowers out in nature, as you can plant WA’s native wildflowers in your own garden to flourish all year round.
Here are some tips for planting and caring for your wildflowers:
Preparing the Soil:
The first step in creating a picturesque wildflower garden is allocating an open area which receives a good amount of sunshine, then you can begin preparing the soil. Planting wildflowers is quite a simple process and does not require lot of preparation. Wildflowers need to be planted on freshly raked, weed free soil to ensure the seeds can make even contact. A light water will do once planted, to avoid exposing the seeds on the surface (ABC, 2021).
The best thing you can do to ensure the success of your Australian garden is check for any contaminants or elevated levels of nutrients within the soil such as phosphorus and calcium. Identifying whether the soil is suitable for your flora before planting is essential and will save you time and money in the long run.
Handheld XRF instruments are used to analyse and provide data on elements and any contaminants found in soil.
Sustainably Sourcing Plants:
When sourcing flowers for your garden, please do not pick or dig up native wildflowers as it illegal and can spread diseases. Local native plant nurseries and garden centers have sourced and cultivated wildflowers that are adaptable, have a longer life span and can grow in private gardens. Talk to your local horticulturist or plantsman about your garden and let them help you choose a variety of shrubs/wildflowers that will thrive in that environment.
Follow this link to find WA plant nurseries local to you… https://www.wildflowersocietywa.org.au/grow/western-australian-native-plant-nurseries/
Selecting a wide variety of shrubs and wildflowers will create an interesting look for your garden. Not all WA native wildflowers will thrive year-round and may need to be replaced, therefore by selecting a variety of flora, your garden will have unique look each season.
Australian flora has a renowned reputation for being resilient, robust and generally being able to look after itself during their season. However, wildflowers have a limited life span in the wild, and so horticulturists have cultivated some of WA’s flowers over the years to extend their lifespan so that they can be enjoyed for a longer period of time. Understanding the needs and characteristics of your flowers, plants and shrubbery, will help enable you to care and maintain your native Australian garden.
1. Research the different characteristics and how to care for each plant before introducing them into your garden.
2. Prune your plants in the early stages to form and maintain their shape.
3. Produce your own mulch by adopting the ‘chop and drop’ method when pruning your garden after its first year. This method enables you to create your own mulch by pruning your plant and leaving the trimmings on the ground to feed your soil.
4. Be patient, it may take up to a year for your garden to reach its full potential.
Tag @HealthyHomesandGardens on Facebook in your West Australian wildflower garden pics 😊
ABC. (2021). Wildflowers at Home.
Tourism Western Australia. (2021). Nature's Calendar Wildflowers.
Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority. (2021). Gardening Tips.