Native wildflowers are beautiful, but they’re more than just that. In our planting design at an on-the-market house, the wildflowers we planted provide a number of functions. Tall Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) stalks provide privacy for the front of the home, along with a flash of color. Wildflowers growing along a bioswale that curves around the house help to direct and absorb stormwater, while providing a nice visual edge to the garden. Additionally, the edge of the property is lined with native shrub species. Together, the planted species provide key habitat for local pollinators, and other plants and animals indirectly.