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Landscaping Using Ornamental Grasses

Landscaping Using Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses have many uses in landscaping such as being accents, focal points or as screens. They are easy to maintain because they do not need pruning, deadheading or staking and they provide the much-needed structure during winter. The grasses also provide architectural foliage and colorfulness. Some of the ornamental grass that you can use for landscaping includes stipa calamagrostis and miscanthus sinensis (spotted grass), which are tall and suitable for planting at the back or for blocking the view. There is also the medium sized pennisetum alopecuroides and the colorful golden Hakonechloa macra and blue Elymus magellanicus. The tall grasses such as moor grass or raven grass can be used to add privacy. The grasses can grow up to seven feet or more and if you plant them in large group, they can be used to block an unpleasant view. Considering that the grasses survive even during winter, they need to be cut in spring and therefore you may not have cover during that time.


If you want to have a container garden, look no further than the ornamental grass that comes in different colors, shapes and sizes. A good example is the optic grass. For better effect, use contrasting colors, shapes or textures. For instance, you can have golden grass in a blue pot. You can also use the grass to add texture to your flowerbeds based on their unique texture. You may use soft fountain grass with bold textured plants such as switch grass. Grow different types of grass at the same place in order to get the best effect. The grass can be used to soften hard capes such as pavements, swimming pools or walls. For instance, miscanthus can be used to soften a swimming pool edge. Your deck or patio can also look great if you add ornamental grass grown in a container. A good choice for the purpose is the tender or annual grass, purple fountain grass.


The grasses are used to create beautiful sceneries such as prairie or meadow effect. They create natural beauty without requiring a lot of care and maintenance. You can also turn your garden into an art by combining the grass with other artistic features in the landscape. For instance, you may combine feather grass with lamb’s ears and broken pottery to get a contemporary design. If you want to cover particular ground, use mounding grasses because they are dense. These low growing grasses provide the cover while creating a good texture to the landscape.


Spruce up your vegetable garden with ornamental grasses. Those recommended are blue fescue or feather reed grass since they are clump forming. Ribbon grass is not suitable because if it spreads it becomes weedy. When other perennials and annuals are worn, grass provides the much needed fall color with their attractive seed heads. Some of grass suitable for this purpose are big and little bluestem and switch grass. Ornamental grasses are also suitable for edging of borders and beds. They provide neat edges and should be grown close together in a line for the best effect. Blue fescue is one of the grasses suitable for edges.

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