Flow­ers are the bright and bold stars of a gar­den, but grasses are the frame that can make them sparkle.

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Con­tents - Words Jenny Somervell

Plants With A Pur­pose How to use gar­den grasses

This is the ar­ti­cle I needed to read 30 years ago. Back then, I was grow­ing peren­nial grasses in my nurs­ery for sale, but I didn’t know how to use them in my own gar­den.

Their names con­jured up al­lur­ing im­ages: Ja­panese sil­ver grass, blood grass, for­est grass, wind grass, feather reed grass, pur­ple moor grass.

Grasses pro­vide ar­chi­tec­ture to a gar­den. They can de­fine a space, giv­ing it height, move­ment and colour, of­ten through all four sea­sons.

They have dif­fer­ent weights and forms; some stiff and for­mal, oth­ers loose and ca­sual.

“Back then, I didn’t know how to use grasses in my own gar­den.”

Some grasses, like Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis are a colour­ful fea­ture on their own.

Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis

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