In early spring we planted this meadow on a front, roadside, garden for our client, the business owner of Skilled Fencing. The ground was very moss rich grass, which was difficult to mow and offered no privacy. Our solution was to plant, what we call a ‘pseudo wild flower meadow’. This is taking garden perennials, planting them among grass and letting the grass grow, which gives this meadow like effect. The advantage is that these plants flower for longer than true wild flower species, which we also sowed a healthy dose of at the same time.
I love it, both the asthetic and the habitat it provides. Lots of the european Barn Funnel weaver spiders had made homes in the grass and bees were working the clover, the single most important nectar source for them. As a brief aside, there is nothing more important that we can do for the health of the planet and to mitigate our impact upon it than to provide a diverse habitat by managing the flora to enable the wider fauna to flourish in it.
AND – This only took one man, one day to do…!
A heavy duty scarify twice to remove the moss first…
Wildflower seed sown and raked into the exposed ground
This Astrantia has been flowering for two months now, look how well it sits in the grass.
View over Cleeve hill
Cephalaria gigantea, the bees love this plant. Usually it is 6ft tall but will be a bit smaller here with the competition of the grass keeping it down.
Behind those posts is the road and what a difference this screen makes…
It is important to stress that this approach cannot work on all soil types, but please contact us to discuss if you would like to find out more.