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Gardening with Grasses

Ornamental grasses come in a wide variety of sizes, varieties, and colors. They mix perfectly with shrubs like hydrangeas in a cottage style garden; or blended with lavender or Russian Sage in a seaside garden.

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Blend grass varieties to create a natural appearance. Pennisetum Rubrum (purple fountain grass) shows off its stunning foxtail plumes.

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Don't be afraid to mass plant grasses for a sweep effect. Muhlenbergia capillaris (muhly grass) has seed heads that seem to float like cotton-candy above the foliage. A sweep of that color can take one's breath away.

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Ornamental grasses make a wonderful border element to define space and give a bit of height in the border as needed. Mix your ornamental grasses to step your border height.

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Grasses always seem to shine when used around water elements in the garden.

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Combining ornamental grasses with flowering perennials and other bedding plants is typical, but don't hesitate to create a true grass garden. The diversity is spectacular.

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Fountain grasses work very well along walkways where they can properly show off their plumes.

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Sometimes a bit of scale is needed and there are many ornamental grasses that suit this need. Erianthus, Arundo, giant Miscanthus, and Cortaderia (pictured) are all tall grasses that make a stately presence.

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Use ornamental grasses as a groundcover planting. Fescue grasses add dramatic blue color to the landscape.

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And don't forget that ornamental grasses are also well suited for container gardening and patio planting.