The Content Of The Article:
- Where does a prairie garden thrive best?
- Plant suggestions for your prairie garden
In many films, cowboys ride through endless expanses adorned with beautiful flowers. You can bring this flair home in the form of a prairie garden.
Endless vastness, hardly a tree far and wide, only grasses and wildflowers: such a landscape you know only from cowboy and Indian films? This is usually the so-called prairie, a grass steppe on the North American continent. She has a very special charm. This is exactly what you can bring home. By creating a prairie garden. It is easy to care for and is trendy. The selection of suitable grasses and flowers is also inexhaustible.
The care required for prairie gardens is also very limited. You do not have to fertilize and water regularly only in the growing phase, later only in case of prolonged dryness. The removal of weeds is also no longer an issue after two to three years, because the perennials then spread so far that a dense carpet was created. In addition to the wild charm also speak quite tangible reasons for creating a prairie garden. But how is that done? And which plants fit in there? We want to clarify all this.
Where does a prairie garden thrive best?
Place your prairie garden in a bright location so that the grasses are exposed to direct sunlight for four hours or more each day. With regard to the soil, prairie grasses and many suitable flowers make no high demands. Sandy ground is accepted as well as humus rich soil. However, good water permeability is important. With compacted soil, you can easily remedy this by adding coarse sand and pebbles.
Plant suggestions for your prairie garden
❖ Star-globe smoke (Allium cristophii):
- robust, perennial plant
- up to 60 cm high
- large, round inflorescences with star-shaped flowers in purple
❖ Plattergrass grass (Chasmanthium latifolium):
- owes its name to the flat brown spikes of flowers with a hint of pink
- can grow up to 100 cm
- with golden yellow leaves in the fall for great visual effects
❖ Dewdrop grass (Sporobolus heterolepis):
- Filigree North American prairie grass
- charming contrast of green stalks and ocher-colored flower spikes
- Flowers smell wonderful
- Suitable for the edges of the prairie bed with growth heights of 30 to 50 cm
❖ Scented Nettle (Agastache rugusa):
- beautiful, up to 150 cm high perennial
- magnificent blue to purple inflorescences
- extended flowering period of more than two months
- Attracts bees and birds
❖ Bearded Grass (Andropogon gerardii):
- very undemanding, robust and durable prairie grass
- attractive blue-green foliage that turns brown to reddish in color from autumn
- Growth height can reach 150 cm
❖ Cockade flower (Gaillardia):
- the Kokardenblume is a 30 to 80 cm high, shrubs growing bush
- colorful red flowers with yellow edges
- may need winter protection in very cold locations
- definitely needs a lot of sun and prefers sandy soils
❖ Mosquito Grass (Bouteloua gracilis):
- native grass in Mexico with brown horizontal flowers
- gets 20 to 50 cm high
- Thanks to its "optical calm" it fits well between colorful grasses and flowers
- grows 20 to 40 cm high