How to create a prairie style border

Last week on my visit to the Hampton Court Flower show there were some amazing show gardens that epitomized prairie style planting which has become so fashionable lately. This look creates a soft meadow effect which is very loose and natural looking and is easily achieved in your own garden.

The key to creating the right planting scheme is using your plants in repetition so that the same shapes repeat along the border, this willl create the effect of the plants naturally spreading in drifts. Mix grasses and perennial plants with a variety of shapes and textures of flowers and foliage to keep it interesting. Soft fluffy grasses, flat flower heads of achilleas, round shapes of alliums, spiky shapes of eryngiums…

Prairie style border

Prairie style gardens

Create the look with these plants from Crocus. Left to right: Deschampsia cespitoas tufted hair grass, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ switch grass, Molinia caerulea ‘Poul Petersen’ purple moor grass, Hordeum jubatum squirrel tail grass, Allium caeruleum, Eryngium bourgatii sea holly, Achillea ‘Credo’ yarrow, Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ coneflower, Knautia macedonica scabious, Verbena bonariensis, Perovskia russian sage, Monarda ‘Scorpion’ bergamot

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