Close-up of an Ornamental grass at Rideau Woodland Ramble Nursery near Ottawa, Ontario.
Ornamental grass at Rideau Woodland Ramble Nursery near Ottawa, Ontario.
When I was growing up, the only grass in the average garden was the common green stuff between the flowers beds. In the last ten years however, Ornamental grasses once popular in Victorian times, have begun to re-appear in suburban gardens.
The popularity of these grasses continues to grow in leaps and bounds and no wonder- they have a great deal to contribute to the fall and winter garden.
For gardeners like me, who were raised on a steady diet of flowering perennials, Ornamental grasses are the new kids on the block. I find myself impressed with their variety and sightly intimidated by their unknown characteristics.
That generally they need full sun, is easy. As to the rest- well...we are just getting to know one another.
All summer, I have been making mental notes on plantings that strike me as beautiful. The images that follow are examples of gardens that have incorporated Ornamental grasses in ways that are striking. Enjoy!
Tall Ornamental grasses at the Rideau Woodland Ramble Nursery near Ottawa, Ontario.
Miscanthus sinensis in the background and Blue Oat grass in the foreground. Public Library's garden, Brampton, Ontario.
Close-up Miscanthus sinensis
Miscanthus sinensis at the Lost Horizon Nursery, Acton, Ontario
Unidentified grass at Edwards Gardens in Toronto
Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra 'aureloa') in the foreground. Display garden at Lost Horizon Nursery, Acton, Ontario
Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus 'Graceful Grasses King Tut') at Edwards Gardens, Toronto
Unidentified Ornamental grass and Obedient plant (physostegia virginiana) blooming in the same flower bed at Edwards Gardens in Toronto
Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra 'aureloa') in Edwards Gardens, Toronto
Perennial Fountain Grass illuminated
Perennial Fountain Grass in my own garden.
Annual Fountain Grass at Edwards Gardens, Toronto
The texture of a Miscanthus grass seen up close and personal. The Public Library garden, Brampton, Ontario.
Japanese Blood Grass, at Edwards Gardens, Toronto, Ontario.