Understanding Ornamental Grasses

June 26th, 2018 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm
Decorative Beachgrass

Most of the grasses we know are for a particular landscaping purpose—either they help the soil develop, are meant for soft terrain, or are beneficial to soak up water. But there are also what’s known as ‘ornamental’ grasses, which, as you might guess, are there just for decoration. They help shape and improve the appearance of your property’s landscaping, yet do not always offer the same purposes mentioned before. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important in their own right.

Understanding ornamental grasses is key to developing a well-balanced landscape on your property.

So here’s what you need to know about them, and what you can start using today:

The first major thing to understand is the season. Are you looking for a garden that can survive the winter, or one that is planted and maintained in the summer? That’s a vital question when asking yourself what kind of ornamental grass you want. Warm seasonal grasses, for example, can handle extreme heat very well, whether it’s heat, humidity, or drought. However, one thing to keep in mind is that they don’t bloom until much later into the spring. If your fine with this criteria, then check out our Fountain Grass, which is a very popular warm seasonal.

What sort of look are you going for? One thing ornamental grasses can offer that regular grasses cannot is a sense of style, and design. You have options now: you can totally flip your garden’s appearance, and the vibe it gives off to those visiting. Take, for example, our Beachgrass, which can survive warm summers, just like the Fountain Grass. Once planted, Beachgrass can essentially turn any backyard or garden into a summer oasis, with that beachside look that we all know, and love.

Grow tall. If you want to give your garden some height, ornamental grass can do that. Especially our common Cattail, which do particularly well in normal shade, and somewhat flooded conditions. When they mature, they can reach anywhere between four and five feet. So start planting!

Once you have a grasp of these ornamental grasses, you’ll be able to easily decide what sort of garden you truly want. If you have any more questions or concerns, contact us today!

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