It all started a few years ago when I moved into my current home and quickly realized three things:
- My clay soil drains very slowly
- My property has very little shade
- Deer will always be on the prowl
One "type" of plant overwhelmingly fit my growing conditions ... the ornamental grass. It was a match made in heaven and I have never looked back.
And here's the thing, I will continue to feed my addiction for the foreseeable future. Bank on it. There are so many options out there and a lifetime to try them all out.
Anyways, for today's OG lesson, I will discuss Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' (oriental fountain grass):
Some good bits of info to share with your friends:
- Size - roughly 3' x 3'
- Survives in zones 5-9
- Like most OG's, prefers full sun but will do OK in partial shade
- KR is a warm season grass so it will begin to grow as the temps warm up in mid to late spring
- Starts to bloom in July which is earlier than most warm season grasses
- Blooms are a pink/mauve color that eventually turn to a tan color as the season progresses
- Foliage holds up reasonably well in rough weather and rebounds quickly after a rain and/or snow
- While I've never grown the species, KR has a much deeper green foliage and longer lasting and pinker flowers
And some pics for your viewing pleasure:
In a combo with Sedum 'Matrona':
Blooms slowly fading from pink to tan:
Still holding up well in mid-Fall (with Panicum):
Your lesson for today is now done. We'll talk more OG's soon.