Flinster Posts: 883
Evening All! I have this idea of creating a circular swathe of planting around my wildlife pond. I love Piet Oudolph’s prairie style planting and wondered if anyone here has done this style on a smaller scale? I’d love to see some photos of your projects if you don’t mind sharing? I’m growing a lot of it by seed so will take a few years to fully establish but that’s ok....
If I may recommend some plants that I enjoyed when I did prairie planting, and some I've seen in Oudolf replications..
Miscanthus 'Kleine Fontaine', this is shorter and starts to flower earlier than most others. It's a most beautiful grass, but unfortunately vendors sell other miscanthus under this name. Important to get the right one.
I've grown lots of Miscanthus, 'Malepartus' is darker, and I loved 'Punktchen', rich purple flower spikes with yellow zoning on the leaves..
Pennisetum 'Cassian's Choice', this alopecuroides is just the most beautiful, and flowers earlier than others of this type. I also have 'Herbtszauber' and 'Weserberglund' but they're not as good.
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails' is another I like very much...
Euphorbia styngiana, if you can grow it, is one I've seen in his gardens.. I grow both Mellifera and x pasteurii instead.
Molinia caerulea 'Karl Foerster' is just fantastic in a moist soil. Dislikes dry conditions.
He always uses Persicaria amplexicaulis varieties in front of his grasses. One I liked was 'J.S. Caliente' which starts off a pinkish shade but darkens as the season progresses, and turns a fiery mix of red/orange..
best of luck, it's a fun thing to do... and to explore all the different plants for this style of gardening..