How to Create a Meadow Garden

Charming Meadow Gardens: Create a Slice of Wilderness

Meadow gardens offer captivating vistas with natural appeal for gardeners. These informal green expanses, dotted with colorful blooms, offer not only aesthetic beauty but a harmonious space for plants and animals alike. If you're thinking bringing the serene vibe of a meadow into your space, whether that space is large or small, Jackons & Perkins online garden center has the perfect mix of seeds and perennials to get you started.

What is a Meadow Garden?

A meadow garden is a casual space, typically filled with a mix of grasses and flowering plants, resembling natural grasslands found in nature. Unlike perfectly manicured lawns or meticulously planned garden beds, meadow gardens sway towards a more organic and less structured look. They're designed to be sustainable, beneficial to the environment, and a haven for wildlife.

What Plants to Include

For your meadow to thrive, it's important to have a blend of both grasses and flowers. Here are some popular options:

Ornamental Grasses: Switchgrass, Little bluestem, and Fescue are just a few of the grass species that can create the airy backdrop for your meadow.


Flowering Plants: Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Milkweed, and Coreopsis are excellent perennial choices for a vibrant meadow.

You’ll find plant recommendations for drought tolerant, pollinator-attracting, and ornamental grasses in our garden center and a diverse collection of perennials, edibles, trees, and shrubs.


Rules of Thumb for Designing Your Meadow Garden

  • Make persistent structure and texture the most important elements in your design.
  • Color should be the second-highest priority, with petals and foliage serving as accents or fillers.
  • Plant multiples of key cultivars in dense clumps, long bands, and airy drifts.
  • Intermingle different plant varieties.
  • Add depth and dimension by planting tall to short (i.e., layering)
  • Combine cool- and warm-season grasses with wildflowers to provide a sequence of flowering displays throughout the growing season.

Recommendations from our friends at Article by Thomas J. Mrazik with inspiration from noted meadow-style public gardens.

How Much Space Do You Need?

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need acres of land. A small plot can serve as a mini-meadow. From compact urban yards to sprawling country estates, any space can be transformed into a meadow garden with a bit of planning.

Can You Grow a Meadow Garden on the Patio?

Absolutely! Create a private place even if you're short on space or just want to experiment, container meadow gardens are feasible. Select a large, deep container and ensure proper drainage. Mix grasses with dwarf flower species or those with a compact growth habit. Try arranging groupings of deep pots and planters with single varieties for experimentation, too. These setups might require a little more maintenance, given the space, soil, and watering needs, but the results can be just as captivating.

Meadow Garden or. Wildflower Garden: What’s the Difference?

While the terms are used interchangeably, we see a distinction:

Meadow Gardens: These include both grasses and flowering plants. They can be perennial, annual, or a combination, and they often offer habitat and food sources for wildlife.

Wildflower Gardens: These focus primarily on native flowering plants, less so on the grasses. Wildflower gardens are frequently used to attract specific wildlife, such as butterflies or bees.

Meadow gardens give you a “toes-in-the-sand” feeling by letting you plant freely and with less maintenance required. The meadow trend is an acknowledgement of the beauty of natural landscapes and another step towards eco-friendly gardening. Whether you have loads of space or a balcony, you can grow a meadow garden. Share your photos with us on social media @jacksonandperkins on Instagram and #jacksonandperkins on Facebook!