Guides: Ornamental Grasses
Easy to grow, low maintenance and tough, Sedges can help you create a terrific display with their bold variegated foliage, cascading with elegance or the dramatic contrast their tufted, erect copper-bronze foliage offers when mixed with silvers or hot flower colors. If you want to create a magnificent display during the cold months of the year, opt for evergreen Sedges that will reliably brighten the dull days of winter.
Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures, colors, fragrance and flowers. To create such a beautiful winter scene, you need to make sure you select the right plants.
Adding drama and powerful structure to the landscape, Miscanthus sinensis (Chinese Silver Grass) are fabulous ornamental grasses that should have a spot in any garden. Traditionally used in Japan in decorative art and gardens, Miscanthus made a royal entrance into occidental gardens about a century ago, thanks to the spectacular feathery plumes towering above their graceful arching foliage and their year-long interest in the garden.
Here is a selection of the best and most distinctive Chinese Silver Grasses that could become the highlight of your garden!
Native to South America, Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana) is considered one of the most spectacular ornamental grasses. Extremely eye-catching, it features magnificent, dense tussocks of arching, narrow green leaves with margins like razors, that are gracefully topped from late summer to midwinter by huge, silky, silvery white, cream or dusty pink plumes.
Ornamental grasses and foliage plants should not be overlooked by gardeners as they beautifully complement or contrast with perennial flowers, keep the interest flowing over a much longer period of time and add depth to your garden design.
If you limit yourself to the succulent palette, there is a high probability your garden will look heavy and rigid since lacking the movement ornamental grasses provide.
While all grasses produce flowers, Miscanthus are amongst those that draw attention and get the "wow" effect. Among the easiest ornamental grasses to grow, there is a Miscanthus variety for almost every garden use.
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