Ask the Gardener: Using Grasses in the Landscape
When people usually think of grasses in their landscape, they envision large billowing Maiden grasses that reach more than seven feet tall. Although there are great places for tall grasses, they can often be overwhelming in a landscape. I like to use smaller grasses, planted en masse, to create a neat, orderly appearance with minimal maintenance. Also, we try to get grass planted before the dog days of July so the roots have a chance to establish. This makes it easier for the plants to survive the harsh winters.
A Few of His Favorites…
Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’Muscari and Lilyturf
that has a blue spring flower. It stays small, and I love it in tight
groupings. It prefers loose, well-drained soil and does best if not in the direct sunlight all day long.”
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’Dwarf Fountain Grass
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’Adagio Grass
This article appeared in the 2010 Home edition of Whirl Magazine.