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Tapestry Lawn

madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
edited August 2020 in Plants
I have always struggled with my lawn and I tried a couple of years ago to start a 'Grazed Meadow Lawn'.
At the beginning of each year it looks good and lush and then goes downhill in the summer.This year we have had no appreciable rain since March!
The lawn is dry and has large cracks in it now and looks a real mess,even the daisies are dead!
Yarrow has done well though as has creeping thyme,chamomile,clover,birds foot trefoil etc.
Now thinking of changing tack and having a grass free Tapestry Lawn.As the area is not walked on much I wondered if it could work.
I have Lionel Smith's book 'Tapestry Lawns' arriving tomorrow but lots of info on his website for those interested.
Has anyone tried this themselves?
Tanglefoot Twitch had a go in 2015 and wondered if there was any update on the success (or not) of that?
“Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    So has anybody done this or am I on my own here!  ;)
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,981
    I've just had a Google. If your lawn is already a mess and you like the look, I would give it a go. What have you got to lose? You can always reseed or returf if you don't like it and it sounds as if youd have to do that anyway 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    I do like the look ,it can't be any worse that the 'lawn' right now!
    Wondering if I should just do a portion of the lawn and see how it goes before doing the whole area.
    The book should be here tomorrow so we shall see!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,547
    If it was my front garden, I would simply plant it up; but I like the idea of 'lawn alternatives. I like Tanglefoot Twitch's picture of the armerica lawn (below), but the tapestry lawns seem a bit fussy to me.


    You could used a mass of some smallish ornamental grass, and drop perennials into it, for a stylised meadow effect.

    See the source image
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