Plant Archetypes

Plant study area 7:

Landscape inspiration:

An oak grassland where golden grasses provide a foil for inflorescence, textural and sculptural seed pods and oaks

Our design response to test:

  • Homogeneous grasses as the base with random smatterings of annuals and herbacious perennials that provide seasonal interest
  • Evergreen Carex praegracillis as a homogenous base for a mass of grasses, with taller, more seasonally dynamic and ethereal grasses such as Stipa pulchra and Koeleria macrantha creating a halo above

Groundcover Layer (50%)
Carex praegracilis
Filler Species (5-10%)
Stipa pulchra
Lupinus bicolor
Lupinus nanus
Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis
Trifolium willdenovii

Seasonal Layer (25-40%)
Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale
Lupinus formosus

Lupinus variicolor
Triteleia laxa
Monardella villosa

Structural Layer(10-15%)
Koeleria macrantha