A large space on our cottage property currently acts as a buffer between the road and the cottage. Since the road is a major highway in these parts, a buffer is necessary. A wildflower garden for a buffer is in the making.
existing weedy buffer
existing evergreen buffer
A 2-foot strip of vegetation along the road is cut by the township each year. Adjacent to that there is a flat strip, then the land begins to slope downward before it levels off. The slope is approximately 10 feet wide. A row of cedar hedges was planted approximately 40 feet from the road many years ago, but the area between the bottom of the slope and the cedars is left to grow wild.
Last season we planted several evergreen trees (pine and spruce) at the bottom of the slope. This season we planted more, spaced throughout the flat area to create (eventually) a forest of evergreen trees as a visual and noise barrier between the road and the cottage.
I have always felt this whole area was wasted space, What does a gardener do with wasted space? She turns it into a garden of course, in this case, a wildflower garden. This season I whipper snipped the flat area around the evergreens. I had to be careful to avoid all of the frogs as there were lots. I then sprinkled the seeds randomly along the slope and flat strip close to the road. Pink and white coneflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, black-eyed Susans, pink and red beebalm to name a few. These plants are not exactly wildflowers but hardy and tall perennials instead. I mixed all the seeds in one large bag as I was collecting them to achieve the random look of a wildflower garden.
I can’t wait to see what it looks like next season!