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They are low maintenance, great for hedges and privacy plantings, and do well in containers. They attract birds for seeds and nesting, yet many grasses deter deer browsing.
The Regal Mist Pink Murphy (shown here) blooms in the late summer and early fall. A stunning addition to the garden. waving adios to Summer, as a breeze blows by.
Grasses add texture, fall color and they bloom when the rest of the late summer garden is looking a little ragged. You can tuck a few into existing boarders or perennial beds, or plant en masse for a big wow!
Display them in a vase with cut flowers, or even on their own. No wonder Ornamental Grasses have become so popular in the past few years.
Bowles Golden Sedge
The low-growing varieties, like Sedge, can create an attractive edging in a perennial border or tucked into a rock garden.
Try Bowles Golden Sedge, with its striking yellow foliage. Sparkler has brilliant green and white foliage and an interesting shape – sort of like mini palm trees.
Fox Red Curly Sedge has clumps of red-bronze foliage that fades to flax at the tips. We love the silvery-green, very narrow, recurving leaf blades with hair-like curls of Frosty Curls... giving the illusion of flowing water when planted on hillsides or allowed to spill over a wall..
Feather Reed Grass
Feather Reed Grasses add a nice vertical element to the garden. Their strong, colorful stalks work well in cut flower arrangements.
Overdam's feathery blooms emerge reddish-brown in summer and turn golden in fall. Its seeds attract flocks of birds, but the seeds are sterile and won't set unwanted seedlings.
Foerster's, which was named the 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year, blooms earlier and longer than most varieties, emerging reddish-brown in spring and turning golden in the fall.
Korean has especially showy, feathery pink flower plumes.
Native grasses are popular for eco-friendly garden designs, like the colorful foliage of Switch Grass. Not only do they add interest, their seed heads provide food for birds.
They are hardy to Zone 4 – 9. Rigid metallic-blue blades give Heavy Metal Blue its name, and then the foliage turns bright yellow in the fall. Shenandoah is prized for its unmatched red-tipped green foliage that darkens through summer, turning burgundy in fall.
Another excellent native is The Blues Little Bluestem (shown here). Its blue-green foliage turns flaming orange in the fall.
Taller grasses can make wonderful hedges or privacy plantings. Morning Light Maiden Grass (shown here) will reach six feet tall, and its green and creamy-white blades create a shimmering silvery look.
Porcupine Grass has a nice upright habit and interesting green blades with horizontal yellow striping.
Adagio Maiden Grass is a real stunner with silvery-green arching foliage that turns orange, gold and burgundy in the fall. In late summer through winter, it is covered in plumes of bronzy-pink that fade to white.
The information and photographs for Ornamental Grasses came from Monrovia's newsletter, if you'd like to read it in its entirety, please CLICK HERE.
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