Grasses are essential for lightening the herbaceous border. Their airy panicles relieve the gaudy blooms of later summer and the gentle movement of their stems introduces a dynamic element into too rigid plantings. I am no great lover of short grasses. Plant tall grasses such as Calamagrostis, Sorghastrum, Deschampsia, Molinia, Stipa gigantea, and Miscanthus with tall Perennials such as Achilleas, Aster horizontalis, Campanula lactiflora, Eupatoriums, Filipendula, Foeniculeum vulgare Purpureum, Heleniums, Hemerocallis, Lythrums, Monardas, Sanguisorba, Sedums and Thalictrums.
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Grasses Care Notes
SOIL. All Ornamental Grasses thrive in any well-drained soil. Miscanthus, Calamogrostis, Panicum and Deschampsia cespitosa will also thrive in heavy clay and boggy ground.
WINTER TIDY UP. Deciduous Ornamental Grasses should be left standing in winter. Their faded seedheads look wonderful bearing the frost. Cut down deciduous Ornamental Grasses to the ground in February to make way for the new growth. Evergreen Ornamental grasses should never be cut back hard. From time to time comb through evergreen Ornamental Grasses to remove any old foliage.
FEEDING. Most Ornamental Grasses thrive in low fertility soils. Taller Ornamental Grasses grasses can become weak stemmed if overfed.
Ornamental Grasses in general are untroubled by pest and diseases.
All the Ornamental Grasses we sell are strictly clump forming - none have an invasive root. If Ornamental Grasses outgrow their position lift and divided in Spring, just as the new new foliage starts to peep through the ground.
Autumn division is not recommended and with some Ornamental Grasses - particularly Miscanthus - can result in the loss of plants.
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