Oh So Ornamental ~ It’s Grass in my Garden!
September 21, 2009
The subject for September’s ‘Picture This’ photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild is ornamental grasses. I’m once again throwing my hat in the ring as I’m known for not being afraid to take a risk. The other participating bloggers have turned in magical photos and I’ve waited until the last minute, but here it is shown at the top. ’Morning Light’ Miscanthus coincidently shot in the morning!
Judging this month is Nan Ondra who’s written several books, only one of which I have but it’s a favorite ~ “Foliage“. Her book Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design is now on my list to acquire since I’ve found some ornamental grasses that I adore so I’d better learn more about them.
The prize is being awarded once again by High Country Gardens, another favorite!
I’ve only recently begun adding grasses to my garden as it took me years to dig out the football field of grass that once covered it. A couple well meaning friends gave me ornamental grasses in the beginning stages of my garden, but they were thugs that wanted to run rampant, so I dug those out too.
Until the last two years I’ve avoided anything grass like the plague. Didn’t even want to look at it in a nursery! Now I have several varieties that are lovely and well behaved so far like ‘Northern Lights’ Hair Grass, ‘Shenandoah’ Switch Grass, Variegated, ‘Morning Light’, and ‘Cabaret’ Miscanthus, Silver Feather Grass and Japanese Blood Grass to name a few. I’m sure I’ll want more after reading Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design! Do you have a favorite non-invasive grass I should put on my list to buy?
Thanks for stopping in. There’s so much more to tell you next time!