Ornamental grasses, with their diversity and durability, add an edge and volume to the landscape. When the air blows through them, they wave gently and create sounds that make the landscape all the more lively. This adds dimensions of motion and sound to the landscape. With the changing seasons and the consequently changing hues and colors, the landscape appears new and fresh every season. Here are few ways and ideas on how to use ornamental grasses in your landscape.
Choosing the right variety of grass is really important if you want your garden to be live all year. Grasses can be classified into two groups based on the seasons they grow - cool season grass and warm season grass. It is advisable to use a combination of cool and warm season grasses to extend the time span of your garden throughout as much of the year as possible.
Grasses and containers
Planting tall colorful species of grasses in containers (preferably in contrast colors) give a formal look to your landscape – porch, patio, and decks. Feather red grass, big bluestem, or purple fountain grass adds an added height and chic edge to the landscape. This will certainly steal everyone's attention.
Flora and Fauna
Grasses can take your lively garden experience to all new level. Birds and small rodents like squirrels and chipmunks will get attracted to the garden – for food and shelter. Try using native grasses to attract more birds. Sometimes, those clucks and chirps add a new meaning to the usual serene landscape.
This can really be of great use in an upscale urban backdrop where there's dearth of space. These days floriferous hardscapes like balconies, terraces, and walls are in high demand. Grasses along with ferns and ivy can add new life to your plain walls. They can be used in both interior and exterior walls.