Key plants for an ornamental meadow

In the November issue we visit Susy and Coleman Townsend in Delaware, USA and here you'll find 12 key plants used to create their series of magical meadows.


When Susy and Coleman Townsend decided their 18th-century former farmhouse in Delaware, USA, deserved more than a neat lawn, they engaged plantsman and designer David Culp to create a series of magical meadows. Here they list 12 of their key plants.


1 Pycnanthemum flexuosum. 90cm. Hardiness rating: USDA 6a-8b.
2 Symphyotrichum cordifolium. 90cm. USDA 3a-8b.
3 Amsonia hubrichtii. 75cm. USDA 5a-8b.
4 Liatris aspera. 90cm. USDA 3a-8b.
5 Eupatorium dubium ‘Baby Joe’. 75cm. USDA 3a-9b.
6 Daucus carota. 90cm. USDA 3a-9b.
7 Ilex verticillata. 5m. USDA 3a-9b.
8 Pycnanthemum loomisii.1.3m. USDA 6a-8b.
9 Calamagrostis brachytricha. 90cm. AGM*. RHS H6, USDA 8a-10b.
10 Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’. 90cm. USDA 3a-9b.
11 Penstemon digitalis. 90cm. USDA 2b-8b.
12 Eryngium yuccifolium. 1m. USDA 5a-9b.


Photographs Rob Cardillo

Read the full article and find out more about the meadows and each of these plants in the November 2017 issue of Gardens Illustrated (253). 


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