Category Archives: Meadows 101

Theme Plants for Perennial Meadows

How do we select the theme plants that together make up the dominant look of our perennial meadows? Well, I shall try and set out my thoughts in the order I should logically develop a planting scheme, but in reality personal preferences … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Theme Plants for Perennial Meadows

Meadow Planting Scheme for Dry Steppe Growing Conditions

This series of posts has been quite theoretical up till now so perhaps it is time to look at an example of a perennial meadow planting scheme in order to understand just how plants are selected and used. The scheme … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , | Comments Off on Meadow Planting Scheme for Dry Steppe Growing Conditions

Size and Shape of a Perennial Meadow within a garden’s design.

In my previous post about the difference between flower borders and naturaltistic perennial meadows, the first was described as a picture to be view and admired from outside while the other, the naturalistic planting scheme, was designed to be entered … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , | Comments Off on Size and Shape of a Perennial Meadow within a garden’s design.

Flower Borders verses Naturalistic Perennial Meadows

The traditional herbaceous border uses perennials to create a show-stopping picture with plants organised to complement and contrast with one another; colours, textures and leaf patterns all play an important part in creating a display that draws our attention. Typically … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Grow Perennial Plants from Seed

Perennial meadows fill our gardens with drifts of colour and texture replacing labour intensive lawns and dull areas of gravel and ground cover. However, this new trend in planting design has one big downside – the cost of the large … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Naturalistic Planting Schemes for Garden Landscapes

Naturalistic is a term being used to describe a modern trend in garden planting design, but what does it mean? You would think it meant “like nature”, but none of these so-called schemes resemble anything I have ever seen in … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Naturalistic Planting Schemes for Garden Landscapes

Meadows 101

This category will build into a series of articles that explain how the concept of perennial meadows has developed, where and how they should be used within gardens as well as the practical aspects of designing, planting and maintaining them. … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

What is a perennial meadow?

Let me make a start with a simple example of a perennial meadow. This is one of the planting areas created last year for a garden within the courtyard of an old people’s home in the centre of Amsterdam. The … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , , | Comments Off on What is a perennial meadow?

my Perennial Meadows

My perennial meadows are created with densely planted pot-grown plants that can be set into an infinitely flexible arrangement of beds and borders to cover anything from a small patch of soil in a city centre courtyard to a field in … Continue reading

Posted in Meadows 101 | Tagged , | Comments Off on my Perennial Meadows