A beautiful meadow is hard to beat!
Now that we’ve got bare earth, it’s time for planting!
If you’re going with some sort of prairie design, the most widely available and economical option is usually a seed mix of some sort. This will give you a diverse array of species that will establish in the space. With many such mixes, you will also get year-to-year variation in the emergence of plants, as your soil and conditions change.
Starting from seed is most affordable. Of course, the trade-off is time, as it will take 2-3 years before your prairie will really begin to show its colors. Be sure to follow instructions for establishment very closely.
If you can’t wait that long, or prefer to have a more designed space, you can purchase root starts for your perennials, or potted plants. This will allow you to provide an arrangement that on the surface appears rugged, but underneath is a more planned design for aesthetic value.
For examples of a natural-style but well planned design, two designers from Europe are very proficient with this style: Piet Oudolf and Dan Pearson.
With this, you’re well on your way to enjoying the natural ruggedness of your wild space! So tell me, where is the best spot on your property for a small wild space? Leave a comment below!