Make Your Own Meadow

Naturalistic gardens take a page from prairies and meadows, with their wide open fields of grasses and wildflowers.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Natural Meadow

The wildlife gardens at Sticky Wicket, Dorset, England include this meadow, restored with indigenous flowers like corky-fruited water-dropwort, with its frothy white blossoms, meadow cranesbill, and buttercups.

Wild Ways

Prairie style captures the wild, open and beautiful landscapes of the American prairies with large groupings of grasses and herbaceous perennials. Scattered evenly across the meadow, plants will look as if they had self-seeded.

Repeated Plants

The plantings at Home Farm, Northamptionshire, England, typify a naturalistic style. Grasses and perennials are repeated in what appear to be random groups, but like they would naturally by self-seeding.

Imitating Nature

Mimicking the way plants grow in nature, naturalistic style planting uses mostly native plants which are set out in random groupings. When designing this style, take note of the site and soil and select plants that will flourish.

Water World

Even a small pool attracts a whole range of animals and insects. Make sure one side of the pond has a sloping edge so that small mammals can get out if they fall in and birds can bathe. Use oxygenating plants to keep the water clear.

Natural Limits

This mix of formal and wildlife styles shows great ingenuity. The naturalized grasses attract beneficial insects and birds that will keep pests away from the more formal plantings.

Family Garden

Wildlife gardens are perfect for families. A paradise for butterflies, bees, and frogs, they awaken children’s interest in the natural world, teaching them first-had about the behavior and habitats of these creatures.

Just for Kids

Wildlife gardens are perfect for families. A paradise for butterflies, bees, and frogs, they awaken children’s interest in the natural world, teaching them first-had about the behavior and habitats of these creatures.