In many films, cowboys ride through endless spaces, which are adorned with beautiful flowers. You can bring this flair home in the form of a prairie garden.Prairie gardens are easy to maintain
Infinite vastness, hardly a tree far and wide, only grasses and wildflowers: you only know such a landscape from cowboy and Indian films? This is mostly the so-called prairie, a grass steppe on the North American continent. It has a very special charm. This is exactly what you can bring home. And that 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 maintenance effort for prairie gardens is also very limited. You do not need to fertilize and only water regularly in the growing phase, later only when the drought is long. Weed removal is also no longer an issue after two to three years, as the perennials have spread so far that a dense carpet has formed. In addition to the wild charm, there are also very solid reasons for creating a prairie garden. But how is that done? And which plants fit in there? Let us now clarify all of 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 a day. With regard to the soil, prairie grasses and many matching flowers do not make high demands. Sandy subsoil is accepted as well as humus rich soil. However, good water permeability is important. If the soil is compacted, you can easily remedy the situation by adding coarse sand and pebbles.
Plant suggestions for your prairie garden
❖ Star ball leek (Allium cristophii):© Turi - Fotolia.com
- robust, perennial plant
- up to 60 cm high
- large, spherical inflorescences with star-shaped flowers in violet
❖ Flat-grass (Chasmanthium latifolium):
- owes its name to the flat brown flower spikes with a hint of pink
- can grow up to 100 cm high
- ensures great optical effects with golden yellow leaves in autumn
❖ Dewdrop grass (Sporobolus heterolepis):
- filigree North American prairie grass
- attractive contrast of green stalks and ocher-colored panicles
- Flowers smell wonderful
- with growth heights of 30 to 50 cm, it is well suited for the edges of the prairie bed
❖ Scented nettle (Agastache rugusa):© dutchlight - Fotolia.com
- beautiful, up to 150 cm high perennial
- magnificent blue to purple inflorescences
- extended flowering period of more than two months
- attracts bees and birds
❖ Beard grass (Andropogon gerardii):
- very undemanding, robust and durable prairie grass
- attractive blue-green foliage that turns brown to reddish in color in autumn
- Growth height can reach 150 cm
❖ Cockade flower (Gaillardia):© Torsten Dietrich - Fotolia.com
- the cockade flower is a bush that grows to a height of 30 to 80 cm
- colorful red flowers with yellow edges
- may need winter protection in very cold locations
- definitely needs a lot of sun and prefers sandy soils