Our youthful perennial meadow, selected by James Hitchmough for drought tolerance is already knitting together beautifully. Plumes of golden oats on the Stipa gigantea are just emerging above soft mounds of diverse foliage, studded with jewel bright flowers.
Brightest are the open cups in bright raspberry pink of the Linum. But more intriguing perhaps are the tawny orange flowers on the Indian paintbrush, Castilleja integra, the colour in fact coming from pronounced elongated, green-tipped bracts. The root system on this US prairie plant expands and supports the plant until they meet other roots, frequently grasses, at which point they tap in to obtain nutrients.