Let’s talk ornamental grasses today, shall we?
Good, glad you are game. Onward.
You are looking at the best part of Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass) ‘El Dorado’:
But upon closer inspection, not all that great:
I have a bunch of these located all over the property and really none of them are impressing. The best looking one is in half shade so maybe that is the answer. More to come.
I know they are everywhere and similar to ‘El Dorado’ in terms of being rather “blah” (snobby horticultural term in case you haven’t heard it before) but I still like looking at the blooms on my ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grasses from my deck, especially when backlit by the sun in late afternoon:
Another grass I’ve soured on of late is Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’. The overall shape is weak and the bloom count has been small the past two years or so:
And another division from two years ago keeps on keeping on:
Aren’t you two beauties (AKA Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’) holding up wonderfully:
Hello, my name is John (audience responds: “Hi John”) and I’m addicted to growing ornamental grasses.
It all started a few years ago when I moved into my current home and quickly realized three things:
I tried to fight my conditions at first but it didn’t take long to accept that it was a battle I could not win. I would have to accept what I had if I wanted to remain a sane gardener.
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.
Some good bits of info to share with your friends:
And some pics for your viewing pleasure:
In a combo with Sedum ‘Matrona’:
In my mixed border fitting in well as a “sort of” focal point:
Still holding up well in mid-Fall (with Panicum):
Your lesson for today is now done. We’ll talk more OG’s soon.