Differing greatly in requirements including light, moisture and temperature, ornamental grasses are a wonderful landscaping plant and a useful addition to any garden. Many clump forming species that are not invasive are available, and some wonderful textured and colourful foliage grasses are also to be found.
Many species are hardy an important characteristic in the UK climate, and although they may die back in colder months in spring they come back to life with a riot of new growth. Look for nurseries that specialise in ornamental grasses for a range of species that will suit an individual landscaping application.
Ornamental grasses are suited to different conditions, some are shade loving, some require sun and others are excellent feature plants for growing in containers. An important factor when choosing any ornamental grass is maintenance requirements, consider not only trimming and cutting back but also if the particular grass is self seeding, some can be invasive.
Ornamental Grasses for containers
One of the loveliest grasses for a small container is Japanese Temple grass, forest grass or Hakonechloa macra an excellent weeping grass with lovely green and yellow foliage, sure it dies back in the winter, but it does look spectacular in the spring through to autumn. Also well suited to garden in a cool moist position, low care and a wonderful addition.
Ornamental Grasses for Shade
Liriope muscari is a proven performer in shade, lovely green foliage and flowers as well, Mondo Grass is another.
Ornamental Grasses are available for sale from the following growers and nurseries
CULM VIEW NURSERY - Tel: 01823 680698
Waterloo Farm, Clayhidon, Devon. EX15 3TN
We sell: Hardy herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses and ferns, all grown in a peat-free compost.
Mail order perennial and vegetable seeds - unusual varieties.
BLUEBELL ARBORETUM and NURSERY - Office telephone: *(01530) 413700.
Annwell Lane Smisby nr. Ashby de la Zouch Derbyshire LE65 2TA Owner: Robert and Suzy Vernon.
Huge variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous!
GRASSES MESKER NURSERY
Breeders and collectors of grasses and bamboo
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