Features ornamental grasses
Compositions of herbs find their place in the modern garden. The biggest advantage of this group of garden plants is the diversity of their use. You can plant them individually or in groups, which will consist of various grass types. They can create an interesting background, and can be used for connecting or separating the garden spaces.
In ornamental grass is not only charming blossoms, but also interesting ornamental leaves, which are beautifully painted (especially in autumn).
NoteHerbs form an interesting background for a variety of perennials: beautifully with pine trees, roses, hydrangeas, etc.
This type of plant is represented by a variety of cultivars that vary in height, color, leaf shape, time of flowering and color. Most of them need direct sunlight, but some tolerate partial shade. Many herbs are needed dry conditions, the other – the moisture. Some of them are low, the other can reach a height of up to 2.5 meters.
They can be used as a soil cover, they perfectly complement the mixed beds, but most often they are used individually, where they look great.
Additional informationThe time when ornamental grasses are particularly impressive – the end of summer and beginning of autumn
Planting and growing
By planting can proceed throughout the growing period (ideally in late spring or early autumn). It is not recommended to plant grass too tight, each species should be enough space to highlight the beauty of each plant. Too deep planting may cause root rot.
Most herbs are not demanding to the content of nutrients. When planting, you can use garden soil, which can be improved by adding some finished compost, and if the soil is rich in nutrients – from compost can be dispensed with. Too dense soil mixed with sand. If a bed to place several groups of stones larger, it is interesting to complement the composition.
Most herbs do not require additional fertilizer and regular watering. Only in hot summer days, especially for svezhenasazhennyh plants allow more frequent watering. Grass should be cut at a height of about seven centimeters above the ground each spring.
Ornamental grasses are usually frost resistant. Before the arrival of the winter garden is prepared for a prolonged period of rest. All dried up and withered flower stalks are removed carefully. When cutting can be opened hollow stems flowers, and will open the water path, and the grass is very sensitive to humidity autumn and winter. Better to do it in the spring.
Additional information! If the spring after cutting the grass stops growing, it’s not that the plant was frozen and that it is rotten.
The most popular types
Today, a diverse range of spectacular plants appear on the market. Of ornamental grasses to choose the type of different heights. In the single crop use large species with green leaves. Species with mottled gray or bronze leaves should be rare in frequent use, they look very colorful and chaotic.
Among the most popular representatives of small – Festuca scoparia, known as Festuca paniculata. Low perennial plants (10-15 cm tall with spikelets).
Another representative – Helictotrichon sempervirens or ovsets evergreen. Perennial 20cm-1.4m in height forms a circular mound with flowers. Ideal as a decoration for the various walls, stone steps, rocks, slopes. Different characteristic silver-gray color and sharp leaves.
Miscanthus largest – is a giant herb grows up to 300 cm in height and has a more woody stems with dark green leaves and a characteristic white midrib.
Miscanthus Chinese Zebrinus – the most common kind in our country. It bundles a height of 140-160 cm. With much colorful stem. The strips can be horizontal or vertical, usually white or yellow. For the cultivation requires warm and sunny place, the soil should be quite nutritious and moist. It does not tolerate wet winter – otherwise completely frost.
Pennisetum alopecuroides – relatively strong bushy view in which the tender buds, are attracting attention. It grows up to twenty centimeters in height, but some varieties – more than one meter.
Hakonechloa macra – Japanese reed that grows in shade or partial shade, requires moist soil, well-to-nutrient. It creates an interesting, slightly prostrate groundcover plantings with a good ability.
Rose pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) are also popular due to its beautiful exotic inflorescences. Under ideal conditions, it can grow up to 3 in height and 2 m in width, it is necessary enough space around it. It requires a secure sunny and warmer areas with permeable soil. Most sensitive to low temperatures and winter moisture.
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) gives dense tufts. It looks beautiful, blooms in summer and has many interesting varieties.
Attractive and very often grown is Pennisetum alopecuroides. It has the advantage, in addition to undemanding, is a long and abundant flowering in late summer and thick more compact growth. Cereal grass stands alone, but it is especially beautiful in groups with other herbs, mainly in the large gardens.
Elymus magelansky (Elymus magellanicus) is characterized by a long blue-gray leaves, hanging down to the ground. It is easily extended in the vicinity of and soon forms a continuous vegetation.
Stipa Stipa with delicate buds brownish color characteristic of the autumn.
Deschampsia caespitosa draws its tender buds.
Molina (Molinia arundinacea) The original shape of the plant give spikelets. in winter the plants become golden.
Sedge (Carex). Recently, there are many beautiful species and cultivars that are particularly attractive for its colorful leaves. Carex buchananii) – stalks copper color throughout the season and even in winter.
In recent years also become popular Luzula nivea. Suitable for group plantings, resistant shade and partial shade, so you can plant and under trees. It can also be used near ponds, as it is more suited to moist soil.
In the garden without grass is not ease and charm. They fill the empty spaces, as well as create a beautiful frame, will adorn the garden all year round. Ornamental grasses are grown in our gardens recently and their range has gradually expanded, and with it the possibility of use.