Grassland / Wildflower Meadows
Watsonia-pillansii Designed Meadows
Spikes of fire-orange Watsonia pillansii are spectacular en-masse.
Scabiosa and Helichrysum dasyanthum add colourful flowers to a wildflower bed.
Two grassland flowers, Bulbine abyssinica and Gerbera ambigua, make a charming picture.
Tiny but effective grassland garden
Another view of Hilliardiella pinifolia (= Vernonia capensis), sliver leaves of Hilliardiella aristata (= Vernonia natalensis). The stem of an old Aloe ferox can be seen against the stone wall.
Hilliardiella species, Senecio speciosus, Dierama and Melinis grasses. A lone aloe adds texture and winter interest. This small patch feeds birds and insects.
Plant large drifts of colour
For great impact, plant in generous drifts. Butterflies and bees prefer to visit where there are plenty of flowers on offer.
Add specials like orchids
These grassland candles pop up for a short time amongst the grasses and flowering Helichrysum in natural grasslands.
Blond grasses for texture
Polygala and Scabiosa
Tall, slender Purple Broom is a year-round bloomer offering plentiful room for flowering fields of Scabiosa and others.
Scabiosa, Geranium and Ursinia
Relaxed meadow design
Scented Pelargoniums mix well with yellow flowering Cotula and pale lilac Scabiosa
Cotula and Geranium incanum
Hilliardiella and Dimorphotheca
Whites look stunning in the evening
Felicia, Scabiosa and grey Helichrysum
Scabiosa and Geranium incanum
The Purple Broom adds the dimension of heights and provides spaces beneath for a mix of perennial and groundcovers.
Scabiosa and Dimorphotheca
Designed grassland or fynbos meadows
Selago corymbosa & Pelargonium
Hot pink grassland flowers
Scabiosa and Diascia
Hot summer colour
Chrysocoma coma-aurea & Pelargonium
Chrysocoma coma-aurea and Felicia
Tall, slender mixes
Salvia and Hebenstretia
This is a spectacular plant to create large wildflower meadows.
Melinis and Crassula vaginata
Gerbera ambigua and Aloe chabaudii
Aristea and Bulbine latifolia
Companions for an average to damp grassland bed
Natural grassland outcrop
Watsonia and vernonias light up a stony hill.
Place flowering clumps around rocks
Rocks provide warmth, are landing sites for many pollinators, and help soils retain moisture for flowering forbs.
Place these red-top grasses to catch the early morning or evening sunlight.
Group plants in drifts.
Grassland meadow: Grasses and Forbs
Helichrysum species and slender grass fronds.
Rocks provide habitat for small flowering plants, as well as animals.
Gorgous grey felt leaves and cream flowers of Helichrysum appendiculatum.
My garden was given a helping hand by nature with Helichrysum ruderale seeding prolifically through the sunny beds to create an undesigned pairing with blue Aristea ecklonii.
Gerbera ambigua and Helichrysum
The Verge Helichrysum, H. ruderale, self-seeds a little too generously, but early on, before they grow too large and tatty, provide energising colour and food to a garden.
Quiet, subtle beauty; blue Aristea ecklonii fronts a silver mass of Hilliardiela aristata. Wild grasses provide a neutral backdrop to this goreous pairing.
Wild grassland meadows
Shades of yellow: Helichrysum and Berkheya.
Natural Grassland Meadows
Looking through the umbrella-like flower heads.
This family of grassland forbs easil
This family of grassland forbs easily adapts to urban gardens providing food for insects.
Long slim flower and grass stems bend and dip with the wind, an attribute prized by garden designers.
Grasses catch the evening sun
Aristida mixed with Kalanchoe longifolia
Include small mosaics to mimic a natural grassland design.
Themedia triandra is a waist-high grass in summer-rainfall grasslands. A lovely tufted grass with pink/ red/ bronze spikelets. Often shorter and purple inland.
Scabiosa columbaria, Berkheya and Hi
Mix and match flowers without including wild grasses for a delightful flower meadow effect.
Natural Meadow/ Grasslands Berkheya-
Hilliardiella hirsuta and Berkheya speciosus.
Pink (fading to white) Helichrysum ecklonis and yellow Berkheya speciosus and Senecio species.
Dietes bicolor fits around the tall,
A mix of grasses with Arums and Gerb