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Using Grasses In The Garden

Grasses have become a popular backbone in the garden. Modern or cottge there is a grass for all gardens. With the rise of grasses being used in show gardens and garden TV shows, they are more popular than ever. 

It doesn't matter on the style of your garden, the use of ornamental grasses can play a large role in your planting schemes. They can provide a calming planting partner to a colourful area, or can be used to create meadow planting and drifts of movement and texture. There are many to choose from, for all soil conditions, they can also be used as statement plants in pots and containers. An added bonus for most gardeners is that they do not need much looking after once you have esatblished them in their beds. 

Take a look at a small selection of our much loved grasses, do any take your fancy? 

Hakonechloa macra 'Albo Striata'

Hakonechloa a Chelse Flower show favorite, is a clump forming, compact, deciduous perennial grass which is suitable for growing in borders or containers. It will grow well in sun or shade; interestingly its colour will vary according to the light conditions. In the shade, the leaves take on a lime green colour and in full sun it is a cream with red tints in Autumn. This eye-catching plant never fails to disappoint! 

Carex testacea

Also known as 'New Zealand Sedge', this is a stunning grass for a border, container or gravel bed. From Spring to Autumn the pale olive-green leaves of this ornamental grass turn a warm copper-orange colour. In the middle of Summer, it will bear small, brown flower spikes. 

Stipa arundinacea

This popular grass is incredibly tactile, 'Mexican Feather Grass' is also described as 'Pony Tails Grass' by many. The upright leaves begin green before developing to a bronzed orange colour in late Summer. It is beautiful next to a path, it's arching, linear leaves and narrow panicles will brush past you.