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Re: Alternative lawn..

Message from Christine Wilkie

In forum: Garden design

Hi Judi
I used Chamaemelum nobile Treneague is a raised circular bed a couple of years back for a garden design in London. All was growing really well - I used chamomile turves - until we had bad weather (heavy snow and unprecedented minus 20 degree weather). It never really recovered and ended up looking like it had 'a bad case of alopecia' as my client put it. We tried various ways and means of reviving it - based on advice from the original grower - but nothing really worked and by summer we were forced to abandon and start over with different creeping and trailing plants. All in all it ended up being a very expensive failure. The area was around 13 square metres so I'd be wary of using it across such a large area. A cheaper way is to plant with smaller plants but then you'd wait quite a while to get the 'lawn' effect you are seeking. Thyme is a good alternative and while it can happily be walked on, regular heavy traffic is probably best avoided. Hope that helps. Let me know what you decide

  • Posted: Sun. 7th April 2013 22:55

Alternative lawn..

Comment from Judi Samuels Garden Design

In forum: Garden design

I am currently working on a garden design where I am considering using an alternative to a grass lawn.. am really excited by the idea of using either Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague' or Thymus serpyllum 'minor'. I understand that the Chamomile can be bought and laid as turfs and that the creeping Thyme can be planted as plants. We (clients and I) may well decide to go with a combination of both conventional lawn and do some inter-planting with these alternative ground cover plants.

The space available for planting lawn is 30 square metres. The garden has a south-west aspect and the current quality of the soil needs improving, still has small bits of builders rubble from landscaping work recently carried out.

Has anyone any experiences they can share with me please? Successes and challenges..

I look forward to hearing from you.


Judi.. :-)

  • Posted: Sun. 7th April 2013 20:01

Re: chamomile or mayweed?

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Chamaemelum nobile

Hi, Cati,
Mayweed (Matricaria recutita aka German chamomile, wild chamomile or false sweet chamomile) is a tall, erect annual that could reach a max height of 1m. Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a perennial and typically doesn't grow higher than 20cm. It's fragrance tends to be stronger than mayweed. Mayweed flowers are larger with longer petals.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 29th November 2011 23:54

Chamaemelum nobile

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Chamaemelum nobile

Chamomile is best known for its aromatic, feathery, grey-green leaves, which are commonly made into tea. Chamomile lawns were once very popular in gardens, and are still to be found occasionally, while the New Forest has extensive natural chamomile lawns. The chamomile shark moth is specific to this plant.

  • Posted: Sat. 16th May 2009 17:44