Bucolic, enchanting, ecological: the spontaneous garden is one that man gives free rein to. Plant species grow there without any help, simply because the conditions are most favorable to them. Aesthetic, it has a crazy charm and reserves for the nature lover countless surprises over the seasons. The spontaneous garden, a source of green manure, is a haven of peace that can be structured with discretion, provided you respect scrupulously the biodiversity.
What is a spontaneous garden?
This garden where the hand of man does not seem to have intervened is a spontaneous garden. It is this corner of nature where vagrant plants intermingle, where biodiversities are respected, where treating products have no place. Over the seasons, the amazed eye discovers the development of various plant varieties that grow instinctively. Nature, perfectly preserved, expresses itself there: free, splendid, generous.
Create a spontaneous garden
The creation of a spontaneous garden rests in the first place on the observation of nature and a good knowledge of plant species, their needs, their growth, their role. We let winds and pollinating insects sow the native plants and we recover, why not, in the fields and ditches around some seeds of wild species in order to sow them in our garden. It is with intelligence that we create a spontaneous garden, taking care to move a wild plant that could disturb the growth of others. It is also to make the space harmonious that we change places or remove certain plants. To let a spontaneous garden flourish, you also have to take into account the liveliness of newcomers and do not hesitate to exclude a sick plant. But nothing prevents the integration of some cultivated plants.
The advantages of a spontaneous garden
There is no doubt that the spontaneous garden has many advantages, and at different levels. First of all, from an ecological point of view, since the scoop is left to biodiversity. It is the plants that choose the place where they will grow because it corresponds to them in all points, both in terms of soil type and brightness. Instinctively, spontaneous plants find the areas of the garden most favorable to their establishment, but also those to which they bring a balance by aerating them with their roots or by enriching them with nitrogen or carbon. Then, these wandering plants will provide shelter for garden-friendly animal species and serve as food. Small animals, micro-organisms and insects thrive there, guaranteeing the essential natural balance. Finally, the spontaneous garden - by virtue of its functioning - plays the card of diversity, avoiding the use of polluting pesticides.
What spontaneous plants can we keep?
Ornamental garlic, Balfour balsam, hyacinth, cosmos, bird cherry, valerian, begonia, columbine are among the countless wonders that nature places in the wind in a spontaneous garden. Only healthy, roaming plants and those that are not too invasive are kept. We also keep all the varieties we like, from the shrubby plant like boxwood to the rural species that bloom at different seasons. We rhythm our spontaneous garden, taking into account the height and span of each plant, its flowering time, its fragrance or its color.