PLANT PROFILES: UPRIGHT ORNAMENTAL GRASS
A relative newcomer to the planting design palette…
…UPRIGHT ORNAMENTAL GRASSES add unique texture few other categories provide. Their popularity first arose with the Prairie style at the turn of the century in rebuke to manicured, exotic gardens—lending a more modern aesthetic when laid out geometrically. However with the New Perennial movement these prairie natives enjoy favored status in the contemporary or native garden in more natural arrangements.
Ornamental grasses allow unique opportunities for height, textural juxtaposition, and for highlighting companion plants. Their straw yellow appearance in winter is great for highlighting redtwig dogwoods or dried coneflower heads. And they’re great for adding unique flower texture around late summer to early autumn. Like the finer textured blades, ornamental grass seed heads add soft sprays to the landscape that compliment every color palette due to their neutral tone. There are even some cultivars whose blades develop purple, red, or blue!
Plant info found on Google is not always precise as it is an aggregate of information from around the world—so we want to share our observations from years of getting our hands dirty in the Second City. This post is the latest in one of our newest series, PLANT PROFILES, where we explore each plant category as well as the preferred species of Kemora. We love plants which in turn gives us a trained eye for trouble-shooting them. And it is our hope you will come to love them too!
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