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» Articles » Plants » Ornamental Grasses: Adding a Unique and Subtle Touch of Beauty to Your Garden

Ornamental Grasses: Adding a Unique and Subtle Touch of Beauty to Your Garden

by Douglas L. Bishop on 3/23/2008 15:34

Want to add a uniquely subtle touch of beauty to your garden? Then consider the addition of ornamental grasses.

They come in a variety of textures, colors, and sizes, ranging from solid green clumps only a few inches in height to larger masses several feet tall capable of standing alone as specimen planting pieces.

Ornamental grasses are among the least demanding plants available to gardeners; they have essentially no disease or pest problems, are extremely drought-resistant, and will accept a wide variety of soil conditions.

They grow best in full sun and require only room enough to spread in order to reach their full height and spread potential.

The only maintenance needed is a yearly trimming of the previous season’s growth back to a few inches above ground level. This should be done in the late winter or early spring before the fresh new growth begins.

Over a period of time, as the clumps grow and thicken, they can be dug up and divided by chopping the root clusters apart and re-planting.

The ornamental grasses can be found in foliage colors of green, reddish-green, bluish- green, or variegated with shades of yellow.

The delicate appearance of ornamental grasses flowing in the wind adds a touch of grace and movement common to only a very few landscaping plants.

They combine well with, and add an element of contrast to, evergreens in texture, form, and color.

After frost, the dried seed heads can be cut and used indoors in combination with other plants to create attractive floral arrangements.

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