Hudson Valley IdyllTraditional Landscape, New York
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6. Ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses are best for privacy during the summer and autumn seasons, since most ornamental grasses reach their full lushness in the warm months. Planting tips. Plant ornamental grasses in highly visible areas adjacent to spaces in your yard that are used most often in the summer. Choose species that reach at least 3 to 4 feet in height, and use them to fill in gaps.Example SpeciesBig bluestem (Andropogon gerardii, zones 3 to 9), native throughout the Midwest, West and Southeast U.S.‘Shenandoah’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, zones 4 to 9), cultivated from a plant that’s native to the U.S. Midwest‘Karl Forester’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, zones 5 to 9), cultivated from a European nativePacific Island silvergrass (Miscanthus floridulus, zones 6 to 9), native to the Southeast U.S.
2. Ornamental grasses. This is a more unexpected pairing, but one that really works. The smaller leaves of roses and the pop of their color are striking against the softer, more free-form appearance of ornamental grasses.Try some larger grasses, like this maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis, zones 5 to 9) or switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, zones 5 to 9), or smaller ones, like Mexican feathergrass (Stipa tenuissima, zones 7 to 10), blue fescue (Festuca glauca, zones 4 to 11) and sedges (Carex spp, zones 4 to 9).Note: Some grasses, like Mexican feathergrass, can be invasive in parts of the U.S. Be sure your plant choices are appropriate and recommended for your area.
Movement and ornamentation. There is something so perfect about this snapshot. I'm drawn to it time and again. The scene has two wonderful expressions of abundance. First, there's a sense of movement and energy conveyed by the masses of ornamental grasses on the hillside — they have a kinetic vibe that's dynamic, even if the breezes are still. Second, the ornamentation is sublime. A bowl placed on a pedestal. That's it. Effortless.
I'm a sucker for a well-placed piece of artwork or sculpture in a garden setting. This classical bowl on a substantial pedestal has the correct proportion within the space. It rests informally on the green carpet of turf and relates nicely (at about half the height) to the border of ornamental grasses behind it. As for scale, there's something quite elegant about the appropriateness of this piece. I can certainly imagine a much taller sculpture placed here. But I do appreciate how the pedestal's volume echoes the tree trunk at the far right.
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Soft-leaf buffalo Ideal soil pH: 5.5-6.5 Shade tolerance: Excellent Sun requirements: Medium Botanical name: Stenotaphrum secundatum This is a great grass for shaded lawn areas. Its blades have an almost blue tinge, giving lawns a beautiful colour. The one downfall is that they have a lower drought resistance than some other grass species. Though if considerately planted in the right climate with lots of shade, this could be the grass for you. Buffalo grass has come a long way in recent years. It was once known as ‘old scratchy’ because of its coarse texture, but the soft-leaf variant is far more comfortable under feet (and behinds). Soft-leaf buffalo grasses do well in sandy, lightly salty, or alkaline soils. It has above-ground runners (unlike kikuyu’s underground runners) that are easy to pull out of nearby garden beds and are not considered to be terribly invasive. Tip: Mow buffalo grass higher than you would other types to keep it looking its best, especially in shaded areas.
eclecticmuse wrote: What are the tall grasses with the brownish red at tips? - What is the name of the taller grasses that have the brownish red tips? Thanks 1 Like 1 comment PRO Johnsen Landscapes & Pools those are their 'flowers' in fall - Miscanthis sinensis gracillimus - Maiden Grass