Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white.
When designing plants, colour and form would be the extreme considerations, after climate and growing conditions. Get inspired for a patch of planting grasses to your own lawn from the range of textures and colour in these gardens.
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Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture
Ornamental grasses are a somewhat acquired taste, and not everyone is a fan. However, they are a beautiful supply of texture in the garden and offer a wide range of choices. Even if you don’t like ornamental grasses, how could you not run your fingers along the borders of this Japanese silver grass as you walk this route?
Debora carl landscape layout
This seat appears to be perfectly situated in a field of waving grass. Afloat in a field of wispiness, the strong lines of this seat contrast nicely.
Kathleen Shaeffer Design, Exterior Spaces
Situating more powerful plantings in the middle of a field of grass provides the illusion of floating trees. When the wind blows, the blossoms dance around the tree trunks, tickling their feet.
Zack|de Vito Architecture + Construction
Here, blossoms are planted in rings of colour with a lighter Mexican feather grass on the interior along with a deeper green on the outside. Situated in the bottom of a long stairway, the blossoms look like a pool of water rippling in the breeze.
Blasen Landscape Architecture
In this instance, the extended plumes bending under their own weight evoke the expression of a horse’s mane and just beg to be touched! The curved line of the grasses is an superb contrast to the right, bold lines of this building behind.
The Garden Consultants, Inc..
This building’s layout also contrasts with the surrounding plantings of blossoms. The sharp lines are lightened from the waving grasses along with also the curved canopy of the trees.
Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture
Forgoing a yard for a planting of short decorative grasses is an fantastic way to keep up a horizontal plane of green with no weekly maintenance. Some decorative grasses are strong enough to walk on, so research before you buy based on your activity requirements.
Arterra Landscape Architects
Situating a clump of decorative grass and also a pathway is a wonderful way to experience the texture of their stalks along with the plume. Allowing the grasses to lean into a walkway provides the walker a much more visceral experience. Just be careful which grasses you choose. Some can have quite sharp blades and wouldn’t be fine to walk near!
Some of my favorite ornamental grasses would be the pink pampas and switchgrasses. The bright, wispy plumes of pink shout girlishness with no high maintenance of roses and delphiniums.
Before you purchase grass plants or seed, make sure to check your state’s invasive plant listings. Some decorative grasses are considered noxious weeds in certain areas of the nation.
Grounded – Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural components in a walkway or amazing contrasts to existing structures. There are a plethora of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white. When making your choices, be sure to think about climate, maintenance and developing conditions and avoid species which can be invasive in your area.
What types of decorative grasses have you got on your landscape?
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