Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Glory of Grasses

'Tis September and time for the ornamental grasses to shine. What's that? You say you don't have room for the big fellows like miscanthus 'Variegata' or panicum 'Shenandoah'? They do take up gaboons of space, and true, not every gardener has space for them. But fear not! There's an array of smaller grasses to choose from. Grasses which lend an air of sophistication, movement and grace to even the tiniest patch of Mother Earth.

So consider the following little guys:

Festuca 'Elijah Blue', a 12" spiky mound of blue-green foliage.

Pennesitum 'Hamelin', a swaying mass of foliage, about 24" in height.

Pennesitum 'Little Bunny', just as cute as its name, and only 18" high. (see above)

Be sure to leave some room in your garden for grasses, no matter what size plot you have. There's something about them that appeals to the westward-ho pioneer in all of us. But more than that, their beauty, form and elegance fulfill a garden need.

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