Filling the spaces between flowering plants with ornamental grasses, ferns and other foliage plants will pull the aesthetics of your garden together, creating a cohesive look that can continue into fall and even the winter, after blooms have fallen.
Virtues: We love Panicum virgatum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ for its eye-catching blue-green foliage that becomes tinged with a striking wine-red hue in early summer. As the summer progresses, this exquisite plant is overtaken with color, topped with matching burgundy-red flower panicles … Read Article
The day I visited Storm King Art Center, landscape architect and consultant Darrel Morrison led a group of us on a tour of the native meadow grasses that are so much a part of this world-famous sculpture park in the Hudson … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass for its feathery spires that appear in the summer and remain upright all through winter. It provides an excellent vertical accent for borders and narrow spaces. Common name: ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Northwind’ switchgrass SO much it has made our list for a second time. It has a great fall and winter interest thanks to its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads. It is tall and narrow, perfect as … Read Article
I’ve heard of burning ornamental grass as a way to rejuvenate it. Is that a good idea and would I burn the grass in the fall? Read Article
Virtues: A good ornamental grass for a backdrop or a tight space, because it is tall and narrow. Adds great fall and winter interest with its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads. Does not bend or collapse in rough … Read Article
We love ‘Carousel’ little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Carousel’) because it is a mid-size clumping ornamental grass with great fall color and a sturdy habit. Read Article
The compact size of this fountain grass makes it a versatile design element. Read Article
What’s an easy way to make sure my perennial garden looks interesting from spring through fall? Read Article
The American Meadow Garden—if you’re ready to trade your turfgrass lawn for a diverse carpet of color and texture, you need this book. Ornamental grasses expert John Greenlee recommends grasses plus flowering plants for your own personal meadow.