Garden Types

Prairie

Prairie

The word prairie means grassland – specifically of the American Midwest. However, the term as a garden style has come to include plantings that consist not only of North American grasses and flowering perennials but many other combinations of plants that require the same growing conditions.

You could design a plant scheme based on a South African meadow or Mediterranean maquis, but in other examples, plants within the same project may originate from varying parts of the world. As long as the climatic conditions and soil conditions are similar, they can be successfully combined.

The methods described are suitable for establishing naturalistic plantings in borders in medium-sized gardens but much larger areas given over to this style have the greatest impact.

This style of planting offers enormous opportunities for wildlife, from providing nectar and pollen from late-flowering perennials to shelter for overwintering insects.

Date

30 April 2019

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Prairie
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