World Heritage Day (18 April) and International Earth Day (22 April) remind us of the need to preserve the world’s wildflowers, which are rich in history, tradition and the romance of yesteryear. Regretfully, though, they are in constant danger of disappearing due to urban development and destruction of the environment.
In our country, provided they do not pose a threat to our environment and our indigenous flora, we can help preserve wildflowers. Any piece of ground presents an opportunity for innovative and imaginative ways of introducing a more naturalistic landscape, for example: • A patch of sunny ground can become a mini meadow.
• A verge is ideal for hardy waterwise flowers.
• A hollow where water collects can be planted up with plants that love moisture.
• A small grove of trees in a townhouse garden can be underplanted with shadeloving bulbs.
Whether growing wildflowers from seed packets or from nursery-propagated plants, we are not only introducing a touch of the country into our gardens, we are also playing our part in preserving the wildflowers of the world.