The grounds around this 1724 Abiah Taylor House adjoin Taylor Run and the Stroud Preserve. As always, the masses of very specific herbaceous perennials were utilized. Closer to the home, insincere boxwoods were eliminated and a less-suburban, more authentic appearance devised.
The goal was to orchestrate a more gardenesque experience, while planting into the larger landscape presented by the preserve.
A true native purple coneflower (Echinacea) has thin, reflexed petals in pale shades. The purple coneflowers with bright, colorful blooms in perennial gardens are typically hybrids of native wildflowers like this.
When meadows are planted for seasonal color, every month brings new interest to the scene. Terrific plants for fall color in a meadow include native goldenrod and bee balm. Ornamental grasses also bring strong interest to autumn meadows.
A native plant, meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium) adds height and fine textured beauty to plantings. ‘Black Stockings’ sweetens any scene with black stems that contrast prettily with blue-green leaves and lavender blooms. Meadow rue flowers in mid- to late summer and makes a good streamside or back-of-the-border plant. Blossoms beckon hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants grow 48 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
In a young meadow, open soil between perennials and native grasses provides places where weeds can take hold. That’s why it’s important to patrol new meadows and dig or pull weeds. This meadow features ‘Blonde Ambition’ blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis; hardy in Zones 4-9) and silky wormwood (Artemisia frigida; hardy in Zones 3-10). Both of these perennials grow well in dry, sunny conditions. Placing silvery Artemisia in several spots throughout the meadow helps unify the planting, while using a drift of grass mimics a native meadow.
Once a site for potato fields, the land surrounding this traditional home in eastern Long Island, N.Y., has since been transformed into a meadow with ornamental grasses and yellow flowers. By focusing on native plants, the landscape architects were able to limit harmful irrigation and pesticide use, as well as create a soft country setting.
A water feature complements a commissioned garden sculpture at the entry garden of Charlson Meadows, home of Life Science Foundation (LSF). The mission of LSF is “Using its land and resources, Life Science Foundation exists to create and provide environments for the public that renew, inspire, and enrich all life.” The entry creates a tactile, inviting, ADA compliant path to the main offices and allows easy and obvious access to the LSF Chalet.