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Grasses: wild grasses in the garden


At the end of summer, the garden looks very sad without its flowers ... Unless you plant grasses there!

Colorful and full of panache, they will add a note of vitality that will last for much of the year.

Decorative plants

Ornamental grasses (sedge, festuque, stipa, pennisetum, etc.) offer such a wide range of wild grasses that you are bound to find a variety that suits your terrain and your tastes. They lend themselves to a multitude of uses.

Combine them with your colorful perennials and your roses for a beautiful harmony. Put them in pots to decorate balconies and terraces effortlessly. Use them at the edge of the lawn. Set them up to hide the stakes of large fall perennials like dahlias or daisies. You will even find among miscanthus, giants perfect for composing a windbreak hedge.

The natural frugality and hardiness of grasses allow them to adapt to extreme conditions and require very little care. Another bonus is that most of them flower in late summer and early fall, when a large number of plants have completed their flowering cycle.

A culture for beginners

Not picky, grasses are content with ordinary, well-drained soil. The stipas even support dry and poor lands.

Buy seedlings in pots or small containers and set them up in clean ground, leaving them adequate space in relation to neighboring plants.

Hoe and water while rooting. Straw and the job is done!

Most grasses like the sun, a few tolerate partial shade. Be careful, well exposed, some varieties can become invasive!

Minimum maintenance

In general, ornamental grasses are strong plants, not very susceptible to disease. Maintenance is therefore reduced to a minimum.

In spring, after enjoying the beautiful effects of frost on their stems during the winter, cut back the vegetation completely above the new growth.

Every three or four years, divide the clumps of your plants to keep them all their vigor.

  • Find the grass sheets.

M.-C.H.

Visual credits: The Plant of the Month

Video: Blades and Plumes Garden: Fountain Grasses (October 2020).