Best practices to begin a small wildflower garden?
I have a small plot about 100' x 100'. I converted it to a "wildflower garden" about 3 years ago and now it looks like a weed patch. I know that many admire weeds as natural, and that is true. But the problem is that it looks terrible and has become an eyesore to me and my neighbors.
When I originally created the garden I made the typical mistakes that are chornicled in this forum and I want to start from scratch this time and do it right. So I am asking for suggestions for "best practices" to accompish my goal.
My goals are as follows:
1. low maintenance (no watering, no fertilizing, infrequent mowing)
2. as attractive as possible, but doesn't have to be a show garden
3. as much seasonal color as practical
I am willing to use Roundup or other appropriate herbicides.
The only color I have at this point in the garden is some daisies in the spring followed by some lupines. Both are very attractive but they are vastly outnumbered by a variety of grasses and thorny weeds that have no color.
So here are my questions:
1. What is ideal season to attempt a renovation of this space?
2. What are the order of events?
3. Should I use a tiller or not?
4. What is the best seed to use here in New England?
5. Any suggestons for seed sources?
Thanking you all in advance!