The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - GARDENING -

Choose grasses with nat­u­ral move­ment and shape such as mis­cant­hus or pan­icum, rather than very straight grasses such as cala­m­a­grostis.

Paler in­flo­res­cences work best so choose grasses that have al­ready been dried and bleached by the sun.

Cut grasses on a dry, bright day and store flat some­where cool and dry (hang­ing can some­times straighten the stems).

NAT­U­RALLY UN­DER­STATED The canopy and ta­ble, main and right; place set­ting, left; a length of old man’s beard swathed over the mantle­piece, be­low – re­mov­ing leaves re­veals the beauty of the seed­pods

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