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Just now are so many people seeing and commenting on the beauty of ornamental grasses.  In springtime, when flowers are busting out all over, ornamental grasses are still dormant and can be the last thing on the mind of most gardeners.  After all, a clump of dried, brown blades of grass can have a hard time competing with an explosion of color from early spring blooming perennials. 
But, now, the tables have turned.  Ornamental grasses are wowing gardeners right now with their beauty.
Ornamental grasses are a large family of beautiful, hardy, perennial plants that can add texture, color and movement to any garden.  Ornamental grasses come in an array of forms, sizes, and colors and can make a strong statement in any landscape.  They can be low mounding, low compact, tall, and some with variegated foliage.  At this time, our outdoor nursery has around 25 different varieties of ornamental grasses with each having its’ own growing characteristics.  And, many of them are showing off with their plume color right now.
In general, most ornamental grasses prefer a sunny location with well drain soil.  There are some grasses that can tolerate more soggy conditions.  Also, once established, most require little if any supplemental watering.  Fertilizing is usually not necessary.  So, you can see that ornamental grasses are low maintenance.
Another excellent trait for ornamental grasses is to use them as accent plants in containers.  Ornamental grasses can serve as the “thriller” plant with all its’ height or you can use a small, more compact variety of grass that can serve as a “filler” in a container garden.
In order to entice you into trying one of these beauties, we have all our perennials on sale this week – which includes all ornamental grasses.  The sale is 30% off all perennials and the sale runs through next Wednesday, August 16.
In the winter, I recommend leaving the dried, blades of grass standing.  By doing so, even with “dead” blades of grass, ornamental grasses give a lot of winter interest and movement to a garden.  It is recommended to wait until March 1 to cut down ornamental grasses in order to make room for the new growth that is getting ready to appear.
                                                                                                HAPPY GARDENING!!
Posted: 8/9/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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