How to Landscape With Decorative Grasses

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Decorative grasses are a wonderful way to really add color to your garden. Landscape with decorative grasses with help from a professional garden designer and landscape contractor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jane Gates from Gates and Croft Horticultural Design, and as a garden designer I'm going to tell you a little bit about how to landscape with decorative grasses. Decorative grasses are a wonderful way to add color to your garden, many of them have textures, many of them have colors and they're oh so lovely. We're getting a little bit of a breeze today and that's a perfect time to have decorative grasses in your garden because they'll sway with the motion of the wind. So if you do get winds or breezes, they're great to include in your garden design. Now what you do want to do, first of all, is make sure that you buy the right kind of decorative grass for your climate. Some do real well as drought tolerant, some of them need a lot more water. Some grow close to the ground and will make excellent ground covers, some grow big and showy and will make a perfect focal point. You can look for grasses that have personality. We have the Miss Canifis here. Miss Canifis is, I believe it's called the Maiden Grass. I have three of them here that are growing. I have the Zebra Grass and you can tell it's a Zebra Grass because it's got these neat little stripes on it, even if it is yellow and green instead of black and white and then we have the Morris Census, anyway, it's the evergreen one. This one is a Miss Canifis that will stay green all Winter long. It grows in a fairly warm climate and what's really cool about these Miss Canifis grasses, really about most of your ornamental grasses is you can clip off these heads when they bloom and then you've got a fantastic five second cat toy. Cats just love them. They'll do them in pretty fast but they're perfectly safe and the price is right. We've also got some wonderful plants like the Blue Oat Grass here. This has a cylindrical kind of a leaf and it's a very blue color. We also have a Carex. This is a really handsome grass. It's tough, it's drought tolerant and it has this interesting rust color. So that gives you some idea of the wonderful ornamental grasses you can use and design into your landscape. Thanks for tuning in. This is Jane Gates, Gates and Croft Horticultural Design.


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