Many Types of Wildflower Gardens
No matter where you are or what type of grounds you have around your home, you most likely, and dare I say will definitely, be able to find some wildflowers to make your garden. If you have lots of shade, damp low-lying ground, rocky outcroppings, bright open areas with lots of sun, live in high western country or along the ocean, you will find wildflowers for your garden.
You can change your environment to some degree if you so desire. Trees can be cut and brush cleared to open up shady areas. Rocks can be dug out. Damp, boggy areas can be drained. Trees and shrubs can be planted to provide shade. Windbreaks can be built or planted to protect from prevailing winds to create a microclimate. Structures or fences can be built that completely enclose an area to do the same, thus modifying your local conditions. But these things are not necessary unless you so desire, for wildflowers can be found to meet any conditions.
This may take a bit of research on your part. You will have to dive into wildflower garden books or seek local help to find the exact species and cultivars that will help you create the type of garden you wish. Understand that not every wildflower is right in every garden across the country even if trying to create the same basic type of wildflower garden such as a woodland one. Elsewhere on this site under Wildflower Garden Articles, you will find links to short articles describing different wildflowers.
In the meantime, what type of wildflower garden do you want? You can create a small woodland type if you have lots of shade with perhaps some phlox, trilliums, trout-lily, or foamflower. For open areas, you might wish to create a meadow garden or even a prairie garden with butterfly weed, asters, or gayfeather. You may wish to create a rock garden filled with nothing but wildflowers available in your local area such as birdfoot violet, pussytoes or bloodroot. For damp boggy areas, take delight in creating a bog or marsh garden instead of trying to drain the area. In fact, you may even wish to deepen your boggy spot, carefully, so as to create a small pond to grow native water lilies within and/or grow wildflowers around.
And what about those names? Having a wildflower garden could be a delight not just for the beauty the flowers bring. Not just for the good feeling of knowing you may be helping to protect some flowers that are endangered in their native habitat. But for the delight of children and visitors to your wildflower garden as you tell them those wonderful names.