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Ornamental grasses: both soothing and exciting in the garden

Whoever thinks grass will probably first have his mind on a lawn. But besides the green shoots of such lawn, there are also halide crop species which are known under the collective name ornamental grasses. Not meant to walk on, of course, but to beautify the appearance of the garden. There must, of course, take into account the typical characteristics of ornamental grasses and the overall appearance of the garden. If all nicely laid out about ornamental grasses, have both a soothing and exciting operation.


Plan to create and build

Because of the variety of ornamental grasses is a good idea, before planting ornamental grasses, first create a clear plan substantially or have it done by a professional. Self-build in many cases by gardeners succeed but otherwise can also before a better artisan enabled.

Ornamental grasses apply only as of the twentieth century

The combination of flowers, plants and grasses can give a beautiful picture a garden. The typical inflorescence of delivering some ornamental grasses in late summer and even in winter on a revival. The use of ornamental grasses in gardens is a relatively late phenomenon and got really serious attention in the twentieth century by grower and landscape gardener Karl Foerster. A prominent landscape architect of the twenty-first century many ornamental kinds of grass in his designs is applied Piet Oudolf.

Both soothing and exciting

Ornamental grasses have the advantage that they fit well in a tight garden as a garden with the more natural look. They can provide resting points or just stand in the corner garden. A striking effect gives it as a border entirely of ornamental grasses.

Some suppliers of ornamental grasses offer more than three hundred species of which all plants are equipped with signs to make something easier searching.

Ornamental grasses in various colors

Ornamental grasses are not only green but are in different colors available. Leaves Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ lights on a golden shade so that they appear to be illuminated by the sun. The Imperata cylindrical shows in late summer a beautiful blood-red color. Many other types of giving less color effect on the variety are fascinating combinations. Some grasses only discolor at the end of the growing season to red, orange or yellow.

Easy maintenance

Ornamental grasses can, with the exception of the winter period, are planted through the whole year. The height of grasses varies from about five centimeters at the lowest ground cover or even six or seven meters high in the giant grass Diarrhea. Many ornamental kinds of grass are perennial and grow in pollen, so they do not fester. Some species need to be rejuvenated every few years by tearing them. They are very easy to maintain, and most species can withstand cold and drought. Newly planted ornamental grass from drying out, however, and should be fertilized. Mature grasses need less fertilizer. The evergreen ornamental grass should be pruned once a year.


Some commonly chosen species

Although there are several hundred species of ornamental grass existence is partly due to the climate (many species require more heat) usually selected from a limited number. Many species are chosen:


The genus Cortaderia has about twenty-five species in the southern hemisphere. In our gardens mainly due to Cortaderia selloana for. The name of this type of grass means refers to the Spanish word corridor the cutter. The edges of the blades of grass are in fact very sharp. Through its stately appearance is an excellent solitary.


Carex (sedge or) corresponds to about two thousand species worldwide but mainly in temperate and cold regions. This genus is difficult to keep many types apart because of an extended hybrid formation. Sometimes it is necessary to it to see the underground parts of the plant. Some species are suitable to serve as an ornamental grass.

Molina cerulean

The Molina Cerulean is also known as purple moor grass. This perennial plant of the grass family is growing in Europe, West Asia, North Africa and eastern North America and comes in the Alps for up to a height of 2300 meters. The plant grows in the Netherlands on moors, fens along in blue grasslands, forests, peat bogs, fens and high dune valleys.


Pennisetum is some species in our region known fact Pennisetum oriental and Pennisetum setaceum. These species are not hardy and must, therefore, be regarded as annuals.

Tips for ornamental grasses in the garden

The harmonious use of ornamental grasses in the garden are some tips for more successful and enjoy the garden will lead.

  • First, make a drawing.
  • Apply different sorts.
  • Create contrasts with color.
  • Use different heights of grasses.
  • Use both wide and narrow turf grass.
  • Use large solitary grasses as a showpiece.
  • Place also evergreen ornamental grass.
  • Fill open areas with ground covers as low-growing grasses.

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