Ornamental grasses are as versatile and beautiful as they are diverse.
The ranges in size, color, texture, form and habit make them suitable for a variety of ornamental uses, both in landscapes and containers.
It’s the perfect time to plant perennial ornamental grasses in the landscape so that they can become established before the winter. These easy-care plants tolerate a range of light and soil conditions and add four-season interest in the garden.
There are two basic types of grasses: cool and warm season.
Cool-season grasses begin growing in early spring and hit their prime in early summer. One of the most popular cool-season grasses is Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, also known as Feather Reed Grass because of its upright clumping habit and wheat-like flowers. It’s a great plant for screening eyesores like electrical boxes.
Warm-season grasses begin to grow when the temperatures rise in the spring. By mid-May the new leaves emerge and they mature by mid-summer.
In the American native genus Panicum, more commonly known as Switch Grass, Cheyenne Sky is currently displaying its blue-green foliage.
Grasses benefit from being well watered when planting them. Fill the planting hole with water, place the plant in the hole and water thoroughly as you replace the backfill. Water frequently the first season so plants develop good root systems. Once established grasses will only need water during periods of drought.
Grasses do not need to be cut down before winter. They add interest to the winter landscape when left standing, and the foliage helps to insulate the crown of the plant. In early spring before growth resumes, cut back the foliage to about 4 to 6 inches.
Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.Tags: Gardening