Ornamental Grasses Can Give Your Yard Some Character
Ornamental grasses are becoming extremely popular in low maintenance landscapes as a way to add beauty and color without a great deal of hard work in the garden. From Asian-inspired gardens accented with towering bamboo to naturalized gardens with native plants, ornamental grasses can also add interest and some character to any yard. When using ornamental grasses, plant in groups. The size of the landscape and the mature plant size will dictate how many to install. Larger maturing varieties are sometimes used to create a color or texture change as an individual accent plant. Try including them in a perennial bed for a texture change. Taller varieties can be used to create a screen or backdrop whereas smaller ones work well as a border. Others look great in containers especially when mixed with a trailing flowering annual.
Ornamental grasses can really add a lot of character to a landscape because of the various textures and colors. They also add motion to a landscape because they respond to the slightest breeze. Many of the new varieties are chosen because of the added bonus of colorful flowers. Aside from the aesthetic and low-maintenance benefits, grasses are prized for their ability to stabilize sandy soils and provide a nesting habitat and food source for wildlife. If you have sandy soil, consider adding ornamental grasses.