It is that time of year.
The time when the ornamental grasses take a giant leap forward, shake their ample booty and become THE focus in the garden.
Well, they do in my garden at least.
Here is just a sampling of these emerging superstars:
Panicum (Switch Grass) ‘Northwind’ when the blooms first appeared:
And now after said blooms transformed into a pinkish hue (love the blue/green blades as well):
Next, we have Panicum (Switch Grass) ‘Rotstrahlbusch’ (yes, I have memorized that spelling):
Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’ behind the same “Rots”:
Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ not yet showing signs of bloom but still stunning in its own way:
Misanthus purpurascens (Flame Grass) with blooms just popping out in front of the giant Miscanthus ‘Gracillimus’:
Every night, I stare at these Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass) ‘Karl Foerster’ blooms from my deck as they are backlit by the sun. Good times:
And finally, Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) are at their peak, as we speak:
More grass love to come in a future post as they continue to transform with the arrival of autumn.
I planted a few Astilbe
‘Amethyst’ late last fall and they are already blooming like a champ. Yes, they require a lot of supplemental water which doesn’t necessarily fit into my overall “low maintenance” plan, but I still feel like it’s worth it. These are in one of the few partial shade areas on my property and I am thrilled with them right now:
I’ll never fully embrace the “pink on yellow” look of the various spireas
that are out there (this is ‘Elf’), but blooms are blooms and for now, I will celebrate them:
Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ popped out a few blooms overnight and this is by far the earliest it has ever bloomed. I really like this ornamental grass (truth is, I still haven’t found an OG I don’t like) and need to dot a few more in my landscape:
Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass) ‘Eldorado’ is in its temporary pink bloom phase and will soon turn to a more tan/buff like color. For now, won’t you relish the “pink phase” with me?:
Speaking of Feather Reed Grass, the old standby ‘Karl Foerster’ is rocking its upright self and is also in the temporary pinkish bloom phase. Good times indeed:
Have a great weekend and get those fingernails dirty. I know I will.