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Ornamental Grasses

August 25, 2011

By John Markowski

Reader beware: I am obsessed with ornamental grasses and soon you will be too.

It may take a while to convince you, but I will methodically and painstakingly break you down.

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but all kidding aside, ornamental grasses (OG’s if you’re cool) are a must for the garden. Why, you ask? Here’s why:

  • They are low maintenance – no fertilizing, little watering
  • They will thrive in almost any type of soil – including NJ clay
  • They rarely, if ever, get touched by any critters – take that deer!
  • They provide you with four seasons of interest – none better than Autumn
  • They are fast growers so they quickly fill in empty garden spaces

Are you with me? If not, maybe you are more of a “visual” person. Well, let me try a different tactic.

Below is a series of photos I’ve taken of the same OG  – Miscanthus ‘Gracillimus’ (Maiden Grass) – at different times of the year. You will see that it is always evolving and providing a different look and feel.

Prepare to be brainwashed … I mean educated. Enjoy:

Strong upright growth in June:

First blooms in September:

Foliage and bloom colors changing in October:

An awesome tan color in December:

Holding the snow like a champ:

Maybe you like yours frozen:

OK, not so fantastic in early spring:

But did you know there are OG’s that grow quickly in the cool spring weather? Why not grow both? Until next time …

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 9:44 pm

    Excellent seasonal journal. Maiden Grass was on a ‘wishlist’ – it just got promoted to a higher position. Thanks.

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