Posts Tagged ‘Ornamental Grasses’
Blue Zinger Carex certainly has a subtle zing with its tufted long blue foliage and color that last all season long.
Carex are grasslike plants (called sedges) with mostly evergreen foliage as the main attraction. They are increasingly becoming invaluable plants when it comes to landscape design as their low growing habit & narrow leaves compliment well with bold leaved Shrubs, Hostas and many other plants.
Where most Carex like a moist environment, Blue Zinger Carex thrives in a wide range of soil types and exposures. You got to love blue foliage plants that are easy to grow, add instant color, and spreads (in a moderate fashion), while thriving in a dryer site. Think about adding a river of blue beneath a Hedge planting, along a paved walkway, as a “filler” between other plants, or as a mulch-alternative in sun or shade.
An easy Carex to grow that is both deer proof and drought tolerant. You love the instant color of the groundcover with no wait time. Blue Zinger grows 8-16″ tall and will spread 12-24″ depending on the site.
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One of our favorite sun perennial is Sedum Autumn Joy that I wrote about yesterday. Today I want to give you a few garden design ideas with Autumn Joy Sedum. Autumn Joy has a stiff upright habit, with pink umbels in late summer and grows to about 2′ tall A stunning combination is a medium size ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum which provides an airy, free flowing style to the rigid stems of Sedum. (Featured lower right). Another mid size grass I like using is Feather Reed Grass or Calamagrostis Karl Foerster.
Another combination is using Perovskia (or Russian Sage) (Left). The tall upright spikes of blue play well against the flat pink umbels in addition to adding more height in the garden. This is a very popular combination used by professional landscape designers.
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) (Upper right) is one of those overlooked shrubs that burst into color in late summer and fall with beautiful blue flowers. Here again, the blue and pink pair very well in the landscape together.
All these plants mentioned are drought proof and sun loving and very easy to grow, especially for beginner gardeners.
These are just a few combination ideas to get you started with designed with Sedum Autumn Joy.
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It’s hard for me to find anything tougher in my not-too-good soil than Sedum Autumn Joy.
This drought and deer proof sun perennial has become a mainstay in my yard. It endures in areas where others struggle and needs little water to thrive and is hardy from Zone 3-9
We consider Autumn Joy to be one of the BEST in low maintenance plants. Just give them well drained soil, a sunny location and good drainage for best results .
The flower color transitions like the season from a light pink to a coppery hue in the fall. I like nothing more than cutting a few stems of Sedum and a few ornamental grasses for a simple indoor fall bouquet. The flower heads provide beautiful winter interest poking thru snow while capturing leaves that provide added protection for the plant during the winter.
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Looking for an easy garden design idea that will add some impact to your perennial garden? I love using Festuca Boulder Blue for a number of reasons. This sun loving ornamental grass is easy to grow, looks great throughout the year and thrives in sun, high heat & humidity in well drained soil. Hardy from Zones 4-9. I believe it is one of of the best drought proof sun loving perennial groundcovers out there.
Add Color & Texture
Have some unpleasant spots in your garden? The handsome mound shape and narrow blue foliage make be just the ticket as it adds season long color & texture.
Break Up Competing Colors
If you have two strong competing colors that are just rubbing you the wrong way try planting a group of this soothing blue Festuca between them. Festuca is the ideal perennial to help break up strong competing colors in the garden
Small Space Gardening
Festuca grows 12”x12” so it tucks ever so nicely along narrow pathways, beneath shrubs or edging a perennial border.
Plant in Groups
If you really want to add impact, plant in groupings of 5 or more.
Some of the most beautiful gardens do a great job in repeating similar plants in adjacent areas. This frequently leads to a more harmonious flow in the garden.
Care & Growing Tips
- Add sand to heavier soils.
- Allow plants to dry out between watering.
- In the spring, use a sheers to prune away any dead foliage from winter
- Fertilize in the spring with Osmocote or a balanced granular fertilizer
Where to Buy Festuca Boulder Blue – www.GreatGardenPlants.com
Feather Reed Grass or Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ is definitely one of my favorite ornamental grasses to use as a privacy screen, low growing hedge or to add vertical height to the perennial garden.
This non-flopping, sun-loving vertical grass is a delightful accent that is both easy to grow and easy to maintain. The slightest breeze sets this grass in motion.
Professional landscapers and garden designers love using Calamagrostis for creating a fast developing screen or Hedge Plant.
Calamagrostis will add height while create a focal point or accent in the sun loving perennial garden.
Facts about Calamagrostis Karl Foerster:
- Grows up to 60” (in flower)
- Tolerates a wide range of soil from clay to dry sand
- Blooms early in the season (most grasses bloom late)
- Drought Tolerant once established
- Deer Proof
- Winter Interest
- Salt Tolerant
- Low maintenance
- Landscape appeal from summer thru winter.
- Long lasting cut flowers
- Virtually pest free
The only thing I do in the spring is cut back the stems to about 6 inches from the ground in late winter or early spring.
If you are looking for a an easy perennial to grow and maintain, this ornamental grass might be just the ticket.