MEADOWS & GRASSLANDS
UNRIVALED BEAUTY AND FUNCTION
Perennial meadows and grasslands provide not only breathtaking aesthetic appeal, but they also help you reduce your landscape's carbon footprint. Meadows, prairies and grasslands, composed of forbs and grasses in various proportions, become self-sustaining habitats for song birds, pollinators and small mammals, and mitigate increasing habitat fragmentation in our built environments through the creation of wildlife corridors. The astronomical environmental and economic costs associated with turf grass can also be alleviated through biodiverse plantings that do not require pesticides or fertilizers and that help recharge groundwater. Native plants can be used along with nativars and other non-native cultivars to create a garden that will not only enchant you, your family and the wildlife that surrounds you, but also improve the soil, the air and the water quality that sustains us.
Naturalistic gardens are unparalleled when it comes to aesthetic appeal and their ability to inspire one's desire to connect with nature. Mimicking aspects of the natural world, herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses are set out in bold sinuous swathes or groupings. In constant flux throughout the seasons, the wild garden is forever changing and every day presenting new offerings of colour, structure, scents and sounds.
Even the most modest investment can be of immense value. Designed in accordance with principles of sustainable landscaping, carefully curated wild plantings will attract all manner of wildlife in a surprisingly short amount of time. Here at Lavish Gardens, we lovingly refer to them as "pollinator metropolises". In a world where more and more of our existing wildlife habitats are being turned over to build new homes and enlarge existing cities, the new habitats that are created through sustainable gardens are without a doubt the new garden ethic.
Naturalistic plantings are designed taking into account the existing conditions of your landscape and incorporate plants that are adapted to the soil, light, water conditions and climate. After the establishment period, your plants should be able to fend for themselves. They will be drought tolerant and rarely require supplemental irrigation; they will be planted densely so as to out-compete unwanted weeds; they will attract predatory insects that will mitigate any widespread damage from unwanted pests.