Ornamental Grasses

Blue Paradise and Desert Plains

Ornamental grasses add graceful texture and movement to the garden. I am always on the lookout for new perennial grass varieties – they are so great in this area, with our warm summers. In the heat of August they will always look fabulous. Deer will tend to avoid grasses too which can be a real bonus. Two varieties that I have just discovered this year are both medium sized grasses – reaching about 3 feet in height. They are good ‘middle of the garden’ grasses, not so overwhelming in height as some other taller types. Schizachyrium Blue Paradise (Little Bluestem) is upright and columnar with silvery blue foliage with purple flowers in the summer and a deep wine fall colour. Pennisetum Desert Plains (Fountain Grass) has narrow, green leaves which form an upright vase shaped clump. Showy 5” bottlebrush flower plumes are held above the foliage and emerge smoky purple, fading to tan. Grasses can be planted en mass or singly – I like planting in groups of three in amongst other flowering perennials. They provide all season interest and are EASY!

*Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Pennisetum Desert Plains and Schizachyrium Blue Paradise

Ornamental Grasses