Ornamental Grasses in Garden Design


In your own garden, you can get a corner just for Mexican prairies and savannahs, as well as plant ornamental grasses. If there are walnuts grown, then not every plant will grow under them. But, many gramineous ornamental grasses tolerate these essential walnut fluids, and can grow in light shade of this tree.

Ornamental grasses give off an impression of the southern hot plains. They can decorate the places where other plants cannot survive.


Why Is It Convenient to Grow Ornamental Grasses?

· Caring for ornamental grasses is minimal.

· Ornamental grasses are not affected by diseases.

· Pest insects rarely infect ornamental grasses.

· Ornamental grasses do not need pruning.

· Most often, ornamental grasses are drought-resistant plants.

· Ornamental grasses are perfect for making winter bouquets.

· They can serve as mulch for other plants.

· Many ornamental grasses are the background for other plants. Either individually or in group plantings, they are very effective.

Ornamental grasses can function in both the cool season and warm season


Ornamental Grasses

Cool-season grasses grow rapidly in the spring, when the temperature rises above the freezing point. In the summer, they stop growth and start growing again in the autumn, when the heat has passed.

Warm-season grasses begin to grow in the warmer months, and are attractive only during this season.

Some ornamental grasses are attractive due to its foliage, and others differ in their original flowering.

Pennisetum Alopecuroides

Pennisetum Alopecuroides

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Weserbergland’ ornamental grasses are warm season plants, as well as Pennisetum orientale. These are perennial ornamental grasses. Wild species grow in Africa and South America. Their leaves are long, narrow blades with a height ranging from 6 inches to 4 ft (15 cm-120 cm). Ornamental grasses bloom with spiked inflorescence, and sometimes reach 1 ft (30 cm) in length.

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Weserbergland’ is one of the best ornamental grass varieties. This is a luxurious shrub from 1.5 to 2.5 ft (0.5-0.8 m) in height and 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) in diameter. It can be grown either in the sun or in the light shade. The leaves are dark-green in the summer and bronze-orange in the autumn. In the winter, it can also attract the eye due to the original look of its beige leaf blades. Fluffy flower spikes can stay until late fall.

Another variety of Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Heard’ grows its pinkish-red furry spikes in the middle of summer. The height of these ornamental grasses is 24-36 inches (60-90 cm). The shrubs are 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) in diameter. The leaves are thin blades of bright green. This variety looks spectacular all summer. It prefers the sunny zones of USDA 5a-9b, where it can be grown in containers. They are attractive on the lawn and even near a bench. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Heard’ also looks great near the pond. They grow well in loamy and fertile soil, preferring sun or little shade. The grasses are so unpretentious that they can grow in both the stony and sandy soil. The most important condition for them is moderate humidity. Actually, they cannot tolerate wet clay soil.

Pennisetum Red Heard

Lagurus Ovatus

Such ornamental grasses as Lagurus ovatus (Hare’s-tail grass) are warm-season annuals. They can naturally fit into a flower bed, or decorate the border and a flower bed, setting off bright flowers. You can grow them in zones 4-10.

The plant’s height is 12-24 inches (30-60 cm), and its diameter is 1 ft (30 cm). The leaves are thin, linear-lanceolate, bright green, dense, and slightly hairy. The flowers are fluffy spikes, about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in length, and 0.8 inches (2 cm) in width. First, they are greenish; then, they turn into creamy egg-shaped spikes with a pleasant smell. Like other ornamental grasses, Lagurus ovatus likes full the sun and loamy/sandy/a little fertile neutral/alkaline soil. In dry seasons, it requires periodic watering.

Ornamental grasses reproduce by seeds and rootstalk division

If ornamental grasses are perennial, they can be easily split in the spring. First, you must dig out a little bush. To make it easier to divide, you can wash the roots and gradually separate small divisions apart. There will be small roots and a few leaves on each small bush. Then, it is important to plant them at a distance of 8-20 inches (20-50 cm), depending on the height of the adult plant.

Indeed, ornamental grasses are rather easy to propagate and grow.

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