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Want a More Colorful, Natural Garden? Try a Perennial Meadow

Spend less time tending and more time taking in the sights by improving on Victorian and prairie garden designs Full Story
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In our history of building ponds and lakes, we just build naturally functioning meadows. IF you invest upfront in qualified local knowledge, your success can be ensured by forethought of soil conditions and a plan to tweak soils to gain a diversity of conditions that result in a range of plants that thrive in each micro-site. From there, it is much easier to maintain since the plot was designed to favor each species. We do not try for an exact array of plants; we let them figure it out.

We mostly build wetland meadows, but include a range of soil conditions to favor our target species. Then we actually use seed. Over-seeding and the design of the plot discourage weeds while the natives are being established. I think too many people try to force a plant into their site instead of modifying the site to suit the plant. This lack of forethought by the public has always bewildered me.

Natalie, we work with tons of plants native to 1700 feet on Mt Hood. You will see them in many of our photos here. We also make modifications to get species like indian paintbrush, Lewis' monkeyflower, cascade penstemon and other higher elevation flowers to thrive in the heat of low elevation Willamette Valley sites. It's all in the site design. We also learned to design to keep western bleeding heart blooming for six months instead of one. You live in a wonderful zone to recreate our floral mountain meadows.
By the way, golden rods are a native flower, not a weed. They look terrific with late season asters.

We also do very little weeding because of the ecological design.


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Many people confuse goldenrod with ragweed. Goldenrod is wonderful for the fall garden and very beneficial to migrating butterflies.
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