It’s springtime, and that means all the blooms and blossoms are starting to appear, and the wonderful scents of spring are wafting through the cool breeze.
We bet you’re dying to break out of the house after winter and feel the warm sun on your skin, for the gentle wind to push you through a wildflower meadow. We are certainly ready for spring, so we want to share with you all there is to know about one of the most special parts of springtime: Perennial Flowers and their fleeting beauty.
They’re only here for a short time so let’s get to it. Here’s how to find perennial flowers and what to look out for on your spring strolls and in your gardens. After all, flowers & plants aren’t just beautiful to look at, but they are also great for our mental wellbeing.
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What is a Perennial Flower Garden?
A perennial flower garden is a type of garden where plants live for more than two years. They don’t die after flowering once. They continue to bloom year after year. The wide range of perennial flowers is known for their beauty, longevity, and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.
There are many benefits of having a perennial flower garden. The most important ones include:
1) Health Benefits – Perennials are rich in vitamins and minerals. Some even contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Beauty Benefits – Perennials add colour and texture to your garden and are effortless to grow and care for as they come back every year.
3) Wildlife – They attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with their wide variety of nectar.
But before you head off into nature, let’s take a moment to help you recognise some of the beautiful flowers you’ll see on a Perennial Walk.
What Flowers will I see on a Spring Perennial Plant Walk?
The spring-flowering meadows create a wonderful, colourful display. The flowers you’ll see include daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, iris, peonies, lilacs, azaleas, yellow rattle and forsythia. These flowers bloom from March through May.
You can find these lovely flowers growing in annual wildflower meadows, forests, and gardens around the world.
Why should we care about Perennial Wildflowers?
- Did you know that there are over 10,000 species of perennials? That is a lot of different types of flowers!
- You probably think of annuals like roses and lilies when you think of a garden. But did you know that there are thousands of other varieties of flowers that grow as perennials?
- Perennial flowers have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Some of them were used by ancient cultures as medicine.
- It is also vital that we have flowering border planting for pollinators. We need to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and the humble bee.
Perennial wildflower meadows differ from Perennial Gardens as they should be allowed to thrive in their natural state without the need for additional water or nutrients.
Mowing and strimming perennial flowers might help them grow more quickly. Perennial wildflower meadows require annual maintenance to foster the growth of the more attractive, beautiful plant species while also reducing the vigour of the more invasive grass plants and rampant plants.
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata.’
Why is a Garden Walk good for our Wellbeing?
A garden walk is great exercise and helps us relax. We spend a lot of time indoors, so we need to find ways to get out into nature. The benefits of a garden stroll include physical activity, mental stimulation, stress relief, relaxation, and improved mood.
But what if we could combine all those things? What if we could enjoy a healthy outdoor workout while getting an amazing view simultaneously?
That’s exactly what happens when you go on a Perennial Flower Walk or a stroll through a Wildflower Meadow. You get to work up a sweat, stretch your muscles, and enjoy the fresh air. All while seeing and being surrounded by something beautiful.
So next time you’re planning a trip outside, make sure you bring your camera and a pair of comfortable shoes. A Perennial Flower Walk is just what you need to recharge your batteries
Reconnect with Nature
Our lives are so fast-paced, with so much screen time and technology, that sometimes we don’t get a chance to step outside and feel the grass on our toes, or admire the wonderful flowers that have bloomed.
You don’t even have to have a garden to appreciate the nature surrounding you. Look out the window; you might have trees or a shrub that might be flowering.
You might have a local park, where you could take and eat lunch on a bench. Getting out of your workspace or house is necessary for good mental health.
Don’t feel like this is strictly a warmer weather activity either. The winter is also a great time to get out into nature.
You’ll see these wildflowers in the winter months:
- Wood sorrel.
- Yellow star of Bethlehem.
- Sweet violet.
- Barren strawberry.
- Spurge Laurel.
Meadows of Memories
Plants and Flowers also have this amazing ability to connect us with memories. “Plants with Reminders” promotes “Strong Re-Growth”, and yes. These are all gardening terms. But they also work for our minds.
Our minds are forever growing, absorbing knowledge and history. And sometimes they need a little bit of TLC too.
We need to remember people we’ve lost, past events and life-changing decisions. I bet you there is a plant or flower for every one of your memories.
The Tulip will forever remind me of my Great Gran. She flooded her garden with them and her kitchen window sill.
And I smile now every time I see some wild tulips, as it makes me feel that she is everywhere.
It could also be that someone was forever a killer of plants. That is still a connection. You’ll probably chuckle if you see a plant that needs a little help.
Your wedding day. What flowers did you have? You will always feel something when you see flowers in your wedding bouquet.
Or you might laugh out loud if you drive past a field of wheat due to Theresa May.
The Wildflower Meadow Experience
- Walk to a Green Lawn or a Meadow or Your local Park.
- Take a look around a spot of a flower that has caught your eye.
- Stop and Smell the ‘Roses’. Touch if you want.
- Close your eyes.
- Take a deep breath.
- And listen. Listen to what is surrounding you.
- Ground yourself. Immerse yourself into it.
- Open your eyes, and you should feel refreshed.
Creating paths through wildflower meadows literally and figuratively is a wonderful way to symbolise your journey. You could interpret it as your journey from your house where you might’ve been feeling stressed or anxious. Or you might see the path as to how far you’ve come, from past life events, travel or your journey to self-betterment.
If there isn’t a wild flower meadow near you, you could look for wild grasses or go to the woods and see native wildflowers. Or use your shady garden; you’ll probably have wild daisies.
Perennial Flower Meadows will work wonders for your mental health and the health of the planet. So get out there and visit some beautiful Perennial Meadows and Wildflower Gardens.
If you’d like to know more about how plants are great for our wellbeing or more on Perennials here are some great reads:
What are annual and perennial flowers?
True annuals are plants that germinate, blossom, set seeds, and die in the same growing season.
Perennials are often resilient plants that will bloom again in the spring after being dormant in the winter.
What is the longest blooming perennial?
What are the easiest perennials to grow?
- Black-Eyed Susan.
- Purple Coneflower.
- Bearded Iris.