When we hit August the buzz word on the gardening front was Prairie Planting, technically now called new perennial planting. This is because so many of the late summer perennials and textural grasses emulate the natural planting on vast wild Prairies. These look wonderful right through until autumn.
We have a whole array of herbaceous flowers that stand tall and beautiful amongst some of the feathery grasses.
Open sunny spots with well-drained soil are the best for planting and you can add organic mulch, sand and grit to your soil to lighten it.
The aim is not to make it too rich as this encourages over tall floppy growth that may need support.
Plant-wise you use a combination of perennials with some height and a mixture of tall and short grasses providing a soft and translucent foil for the flowers with texture and movement.
The flowers need to look natural and to do this they are planted in clumps or drifts and repeated providing a natural rhythm as they repeatedly echo through the space. We use a variety of shapes and heights. Classically daisies from the Asteraceae family. These are helenium, rudbeckia and echinacea that we instantly call on for prairie plants.
Here are a few ideas of plants you can use:
Panicum (Red tips)
Stipia Gigantia (Feathery foil)
Tall Perennials Spires:
Daisy Like Flowers: