Pasture Perfect: A Wildflower Meadow, Photo Gallery
A slide show of the beautiful wildflower meadows designed by Larry Weaner, in rural Pennsylvania.
To read more about how wildflowers and meadows create a sustainable rural retreat, read our "Pasture Perfect" article.
The mowed edge of a meadow runs up to a split-rail fence and hillside of purple coneflowers, rangy yellow cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and other native wildflowers and grasses.
Like a path trod through wildflower fields, a walkway of Pennsylvania bluestone leads to the back door. Tall Phlox paniculata are at left, black-eyed Susans are at right.
The pool is shaped with several jogs to accommodate a shallow play area, a lap lane, and a hot tub. Weaner wanted to create a sense of traveling a path while swimming, ending with a clear view from the hot tub into a meadow. There’s a diving rock at left.
Purple coneflower and black-eyed Susan edge a rare patch of lawn. Weaner hesitates to call his plantings anything as formal as beds and borders — they’re like “more designed versions of a natural area,” he says, growing the way plants grow in nature with “some plants dropping out, others coming in, interacting with nearby meadows.”