We have a large space on our cottage property that acts as a buffer zone between the road (a major highway in those parts) and the cottage.
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 for an approximate width of five feet before it levels off. 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 rarely maintained, 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? Turns it into a garden of course, in this case, a wildflower garden. This season I whippersnipped the flat area around the evergreens, avoiding all of the frogs (there were tons), then sprinkled seeds (pink and white coneflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, black-eyed Susans, pink and red beebalm to name a few) along the slope and flat strip close to the road. These plants are not exactly wildflowers, more hardy and tall perennials, but I mixed all the seeds in one large bag as I was collecting them to achieve a wildflower look.
I can’t wait to see what it looks like next season!