What is prairie planting? |

It’s one of the dreamiest garden landscaping styles, and its popularity reflects the growing trend for creating wildlife habitats in our yards – alongside a beautiful space to enjoy. The loose, romantic and informal style of prairie planting focuses on a strong desire for a naturalistic aesthetic, sustainability, and increasing biodiversity in our own backyards. 

Planting-wise, prairie gardens feature a mix of native plants such as tall perennials and grasses, in a style that emulates the grasslands of the Midwest. It would work well as part of your backyard landscaping ideas if you have deep borders or areas of meadowscaping, where plants can be massed together in harmonious drifts of color and texture to create a ‘micro’ prairie. 

Prairie gardens are at their best in fall when the late perennials – the star performers – are blooming, and the accompanying tapestry of grasses come into flower to create an immersive feel, at one with nature. If you love the idea of introducing this look to your own yard, you can find out everything you need to know about prairie planting with our expert guide.

Stipa tenuissima Ponytails grass and Echinacea purpurea

Stipa tenuissima Ponytails grass and Echinacea purpurea flowers

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What is a prairie garden?