I live in what is basically a savannah/grassland area. For me, my biggest weed problem has been invading grass and Canada thistles (and of course the ubiquitous dandelion).
So why am I now investigating ornamental grasses?
It is a Madison Avenue-type success story. A matter of exposing people to the value and use of certain plants.
It just makes sense to cultivate what will grow well, and many landscaping books and commercial landscape plantings show how effective grasses can be.
I am starting out conservatively. An acorus for an area near the pond. This time planted at the edge instead of within the pond. I am not sure how much I want to go with the grass look, but I like the way some of the Miscanthus varieties look.
I am also thinking in terms of what already grows on the property. Is there another way I could use some of the grass species? I have lots to choose from around here…just have to educate the eye and exercise the mind a bit.
I have planted all my new things, except for the Iteas. They need “acidic moist soil” according to the books. I am having a hard time deciding where to situate them.
Why did I buy them you ask? They were a great promotional deal for less than four dollars a bush. They promise bright fall color. That’s why:) I probably should get some more peat moss to put into their planting space.
Well, I have until some time Monday to plant them easily. I don’t like to work on Sunday. Day of rest from all the labors and worries of the week. I have been so uptight lately that I need to distance a little.