How to plant and grow a chamomile lawn.

Chamomile can be grown from seed, plugs, or supplied as a turf, ready to lay in the same way as grass turf. Making the creation of a chamomile lawn so much easier!

More about growing a chamomile lawn from turf, plugs, or seeds on this page

What is a Chamomile lawn?

Also spelt Camomile, mainly on packs of tea.

Chamomile turf is formed of low-growing aromatic herbs and adds a truly lovely feature to your garden. The finely divided leaves create a feathery appearance and every time you walk across it, the lawn will release its soothing apple fragrance into the air. 

In smaller gardens with an area that doesn't get a lot of heavy wear and tear, a chamomile lawn makes a lovely change to grass and even in larger gardens a chamomile path looks and smells good. 

The best chamomile for lawns is the very compact Anthemis nobilis, it spread to form a dense mat and is the turf we supply and lay.
What type of soil is best for planting a Chamomile lawn or pathway?

Chamomile doesn't like waterlogged soil. It grows best in free-draining soil that gets full sunlight. Heavy soil can be ok if grit is added or a raised bed is built to improve drainage. A  raised bed  formed with railway sleepers and filled with loamy soil and then planted with camomile is a really attractive garden feature both to look at, touch and smell. Makes for interesting conversation too.

Preparing the bed for laying chamomile lawn turf 
Prepare the ground as if you were going to lay normal turf. Ground preparation for laying a lawn is explained on the  turfing  page. Chamomile turf comes in strips measuring 250mm by 500mm. There are eight strips to a square meter.

Maintenance and looking after a chamomile lawn 

The great thing about chamomile is that it doesn't need much watering, fertiliser or mowing. It grows to a height of about 6cms,  the occasional mow keeps any long shoots in control and helps sideways spread.
If your soil is sandy and  lacks the quantity of nutrients clay soil contains, sprinkle a mixture of sieved compost  and grit sand over the lawn each spring, and gently tread or rake it in.
This helps drainage and encourages the growth of roots from the crushed shoots, making a healthy, dense cushion. 

If your soil is mostly clay a good spread of gritty sand over the chamomile will improve the surface drainage. Chamomile doesn't like water logged soil, so brush or gently rake the grit sand, as rolling it may compact the surface.

Weeds. Chamomile is a gentle plant and doesn't compete with grass and weeds in your garden. So you will need to control them. You will be rewarded for protecting your gentle chamomile from the tougher and bigger boys for years to come.
How much does Chamomile turf cost.
Chamomile turf costs about £50 per square meter, so works out a lot more expensive than grass turf, so you may want to consider growing from seed. see below.

Preparing the ground for seeding or turfing a chamomile lawn.

Preparing the area for seeding or planting a chamomile lawn really is the same as for a grass lawn. Dig the area, remove all weeds and as many stones as you can. Then dig in well rotted organic compost. 

You may also want to try growing chamomile under and around a garden seat, or in and around a pathway. The fragrant aroma will be released each time the seat is used and the pathway is walked on!

Planting a Chamomile lawn using seedlings or from seed.

Plant chamomile seedlings 15cm apart. Or sow organic compost in seed trays, treating them the same as any seedlings by thinning out and planting when the chamomile has grown into small plants.

Caring and looking after a newly seeded camomile lawn.

Water the chamomile lawn until the plants are starting to spread and look established. At this stage - with your lawn-mower blades set on the highest setting - you can give it its first cut. Thinner patches can be replanted with saved seedlings.

25 plugs for Chamomile lawns and under benches, etc.
A lovely smelling plant with small, white, daisy-like flowers, used as ground cover and  lawns.  Flowers in June and August, grows best in a sunny position in well drained soil. grows to about 15 cm unless mowed, 75 plugs planted about 10cm apart per m2. Available from April.
20000 seeds
German Chamomile or Wild Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) daisy-like flower with yellow centres and feathery foliage which has an apple aroma when crushed. 
Makes a delicious soothing tea, or an aromatic skin wash and shampoo, dispatched with growing instructions.