The Prairie Borders - the story thus far

I have been quite a fan of  perenniel prairie planting styles for some time and for some time I had wondered if I could incorporate something of that style into my garden.  In my main borders I do have grasses and various plants that would fit that style, but they are more 'cottage gardeny' than prairie.  I always have a few projects that circulate in my head of things I would like to do, but finding the right space is not always possible.  Then I realised that the top right hand corner of the garden could be right for a prairie area.
So the work started in July 2011 with marking out the borders.  I glyphosated the areas I wanted to dig over.  This may not be approved of by all as a method, but I have found to my bitter experience that not doing this means an inheritance of lawn weeds that are just soul-destroying to defeat.  If only I had done this in my front garden rather than just digging up the lawn I might have had a happier relationship with it.
Then, when happy with the shapes, I dug over the borders.  This took remarkably less time than I thought it would.
I had some bark mulch left over from a previous project, so I mulched the beds.  Actually I didn't have enough mulch to do all the beds properly, but it was an attempt to try and keep the weeds down.
All the plants for these borders have been even grown from seed or are relocated from other parts of the garden.  This is the most cost effective way to fill such large beds and as I wanted a limited palate of plants it was straight forward to achieve.  
So, the greenhouse that had been full of Stipa Tenuissma, Echinops and Echinacea Pallida was emptied and the pots set out so commence planting.
The initial result is best described as underwhelming.  I sowed more stipa seeds though it was late in the season and I knew that I would not get sufficient germinated and garden-ready before winter really set in.  So I kept the seedlings in the greenhouse over the winter and planted out the next Spring.

Then I sowed another batch which were planted out several weeks later when they got to a good enough size.  I also planted some rudbeckia seedlings and relocated some verbascum self-sown plants into the borders. There are also some seed grown stipa gigantica and stipa calamogrostis which are yet to really start performing.
They are still not what I would call finished or perfect, but they are suddenly sufficiently pleasing for me to think that this project has been worthwhile.
I've also been quite pleased that the weeds have not been unmanageable in these borders, that had been a real worry.  I planted out about another 200 S.Tenuissima seedlings a couple of weeks ago and if the cats and the foxes stop digging them up I think that next year these borders will be spectacular.

I am particularly pleased with these borders as they have been a specific project, something that I thought about, planned out (yes I even drew a plan, almost unheard of for me) and set out to complete.  Not only that, they look like I hoped, in fact, better.  Now if I can just stop humming the theme from the Waltons when I am weeding them all will be well (because still I can never remember the theme from Little House on the Prairie).