Bamboo And Ornamental Grasses
From a whispering rustling of leaves to a colorful stand of poles with feathery foliage, ornamental grasses and bamboo can provide drama and stature to any landscaping design. Homeowners often think that the only way to add color in their garden is by planting flowers. However, there are many ornamental grasses and bamboos available that have beautiful gold, ice blue, purple, yellow, green or black designs. For example, a blue stemmed phyllostachys can measure 15 feet in height and provide any landscape with drama and striking color.
Grasses are exceptional way to add a splash of color or unusual design. There are many excellent choices that have spectacular scarlet tips or striking yellow stripes. Grasses are also a great choice when either planted with perennials and annuals or on their own. You can add design interest and structure to any patio by using a tall leafy grass with long, soft flowery heads. Grasses make any container look more attractive. Bamboos can also make a container look striking but a bamboo plant in the container will require more care.
If you are thinking about creating a hedge or screen in your yard then you should consider densely planted types of bamboo. A dense hedge made from bamboo is both unusually attractive and it will be a perfect windbreak. It is best to use a non-invasive type of bamboo such as fargesia. In fact, it may be advisable to talk to an expert before you plant an invasive type of bamboo because bamboo is very difficult to eradicate.
You can also use miscanthus, which is a deciduous grass, for screening. Their dried flowers and stems will offer cover in the winter but they will need to be completely cut down in the spring. During the springtime the plant will not offer any shelter but within a few weeks the new growth will once again begin its job as a perfect screen for a patio area.
If you own a large piece of property you can use a variety of soft grass species to provide a bright annual flowering meadow. They often are use to make the perfect summer hay meadow because of their decorative seed heads and attractive feathery flowers. This type of grassy meadow only needs mowing 1 or 2 times a year The grassy meadow will be a perfect place for invertebrates, butterflies, and colorful insects.
Both evergreen and deciduous grasses can offer a textural contrast to perennials. They will provide the perfect airy foil for any group of shrubs. Tall grass is an excellent way to provide a backdrop for herbaceous plantings that are located in a sunny area. There are so many beautiful sedges and grasses that you can choose from to accent a flower or herb bed.
You should never confuse ornamental grasses or bamboo with the type of grass that is on your lawn. Ornamental grasses and bamboo are normally not meant to be mowed or cut. They are not used as a ground cover. Some of the more popular grass choices include blue fescue grass, Mexican feather grass, Japanese forest grass, zebra grass, bamboo, purple fountain grass, New Zealand flax, Japanese blood grass, blue oat grass, pink muhly grass, black mondo grass and Egyptian papyrus.
Before choosing any of the more common above grasses or bamboos it is important to understand how they grow, how they look, and other important information. It is amazing how much information you can get online to help you choose the perfect grass or bamboo for your landscaping. Of course, not every nursery will have all of the above varieties so you may be limited in what you can actually purchase.
For example, many homeowners choose blue fescue grass because it grows very low in height. This type of ornamental grass is often used for borders and edgings. The seeds of this grass were introduced into the United States in the early 19th century. Seeds were brought into the United States from Europe.
You probably have seen Mexican feather grass in your community. You even sometimes see it grown on a green roof. The reason why this grass is often so apparent is because of the seeds that are on the extreme tips of a feather-like blade. Even during the most gentle of winds these seeds will be blown throughout the community. Mexican feather grass can be cut back often and it will continue to thrive. The grass grows best in dry conditions and you should be aware that it will proliferate all over your sidewalk cracks, yard, and may even enter into your neighbor’s yards.
Japanese forest grass originates near Mt. Hakone in Japan. It is very popular because of its exotic clumping habit and beauty. The grass is easily identified by its very slender stems which often resemble tiny bamboo. The darker green plants with purple flowers are especially striking in a container or as a color accent for an edging or a border. The two varieties of this grass are golden Japanese forest grass and Nicholas Japanese forest grass.
Zebra grass is a popular plant that is often called porcupine grass. It is a greenish yellow grass that stands upright. The grass will die during the winter but it will come back very strong in the spring. A clump of this grass can grow easily 5 feet wide and 5 feet high. Zebra grass has an exotic, tropical appearance. It is often planted with colorful flowers such as hibiscus, canna, and plumeria.
Many people may be surprised to know that bamboo is actually a member of the grass family. Banboo grows quickly and will often over take an area if neglected. The bamboo plant is a native of China and was brought to the Western world around the mid-19th century. Some of the different types of bamboo that are popular for landscaping include blue, black, arrow, bissett, fernleaf, Mexican weeping, temple, tortoise shell, and umbrella just to name a few.
Yes, there is no doubt about it that ornamental grasses and the different varieties of bamboo will enhance any landscaping project. Simply do some prior research on what types of grasses grow best in your area and then search for nursery that can provide you with these beautiful and colorful plants.