LOW MAINTENANCE MEADOW GARDENS
It is possible to create large gardens that are low maintenance needs by using dry sandy soil mixes along with perennial plants adapted to these conditions. Plants are chosen that have deep roots and have the vigour to resist weed colonization. Traditional garden species that are adapted to these conditions include Walkers low catmint, Russian sage, peonies, and non-invasive day lily species (e.g. clump forming varieties). These can be integrated with bold native species including beardtongues, bee balms, coreopsis, butterflyweed, switchgrass, prairie dropseed, and little bluestem. The resulting effect is a garden that still has traditional elements which make it more readily adopted by the general public, along with adding significant habitat for pollinators and songbirds in dense urban areas.