We transformed the mulched beds in front of our small mountain house into a new 'meadow' border last fall and this spring. It's probably best described as an informal perennial border, rather than a meadow, but we're working on it.
Rain and warmth this summer have nurtured these plants. We lost a few over a very tough winter, but mostly they've thrived in the heavy clay soil (somewhat amended).
The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), always short-lived, looks great, and was a magnet for this swallowtail butterfly (I think a Giant Swallowtail, as it had two stripes on its wings and isn't something I see often, but they're not evident on this picture).
And I'm looking forward to seeing the Arkansas Ironweed in full flower, and the Solidago, and the asters, too.