Prairie Prediction

This week we have made a prediction on what we feel will become the top planting trend for 2017.

There is a possibility that prairie style gardening may indulge and inspire us this season. There is no hard-leading evidence that has provoked our prediction but it would be interesting if we start to see more of this style on television features and written in articles.

There seems to be a growing desire for a space that appears effortlessly thrown together. The idea of meticulously measuring each space between companion plants to create neat and linear rows feels like a chore for those of us with limited time and planting space. Some of us love the idea of creating deep, dark depths of meadow-like flower beds with undulating swathes of texture and modest colour.

That is where prairie style gardening steps into the limelight:

What is prairie planting? 

Prairie planting refers to a garden style that encourages an abundance of herbaceous perennials and a mass of grasses to create a sumptuous flowering grassland. Prairies are symbolic throughout America covering a large expanse of land, comprising mainly of great plains.

Prairie planting is based on the notion that foliage is the core feature, creating architectural structure with the main focus centered on weaving textures, heights and a naturalistic aesthetic that not only encompasses your garden, but creates a certain type of lifestyle.

In my opinion, this style of planting encourages an ethos of relaxation and meditation, whisking you to a place that is calm and tranquil.

Top plants for prairie planting:

The simplistic nature of prairie planting is often misleading as it does in fact require careful planning and discipline.

The key to creating the best prairie style garden is preparation. Apply a generous layer of compost to the planting area as this will help your plants get off to the best start.

The next job is to source the appropriate plants.

The best plants for this style are as follows:

This rather attractive collection consists of Liatris spicata Kobold , Achillea Moonshine, Pennisetum, Miscanthus, Sedum Thunderhead, Stipa, Allium obliquum, Festuca glauca intense Blue, Echinacea Rainbow Marcella 

Benefits and Limitations of prairie planting:

Prairie planting make the perfect addition for those who want late season interest when other plants start to die down. They will also make great habitats for local wildlife alongside providing a vital food source when plants start to seed.

You will need to manage your prairie garden meticulously as some plants can become invasive and self-seed. If you do not wish for your plants to replicate on a large scale, you will need to keep a beady eye out!

What do you think? Do you think 2017 is the year for prairie planting?

As always, get in touch and let me know what you think!


  1. Interesting! Question:- What is the difference between 'Prairie Planting' and sowing a 'Wild Flower Meadow'. In obtaining planning permission recently one of the requirements was that an adjoining paddock/field of some 1.6 acres
    was to be sown with wild flowers. In principle it seems the same to me.

    1. Hi Mike, Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your question. It has puzzled me with regards to the planning permission. From the knowledge I have and the research I have undertaken it appears as though prairies tend to be dominated by grasses where a large expanse of space is often left between companion planting. A wildflower meadow will incorporate large clusters of plantings, predominantly consisting of plants such as Poppies , Echinacea and Thalictrum, rather than a overall influx of grasses. I hope this helps!


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