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Tulip

The tulip is synonymous with spring, brightly colored tulip blooms accent gardens all around the world. Tulips are an extremely popular perennial flower due to their ease in growing – with minimal care and upkeep; they grow beautifully in most garden settings. They come in a variety of colors, plant heights, and flower shapes making them extremely versatile for any garden space.


Tulip Facts

  • Scientific Name – Tulipa sp.
  • Life Cycle – Perennial
  • Soil pH – 6.0 – 7.0
  • Plant Hardiness – USDA Zones 3-8
  • Light Requirements – Full Sun/Part Sun
  • Water Requirements – Low
  • Fertilizer Demand – Low
  • Planting Date – Fall
  • Flowering Season – Early Spring
  • Height – 6″ – 2′
  • Colors – Almost Every Color
  • Pests – Mold, Bulb Rot, Aphids, Slugs, Snails
  • Propagation – Division

How to Grow Tulips

Tulips are classified as perennial plants, but their life cycle is dependent on the hardiness zone where they are planted. Being native to Central Asia, tulips are predisposed to climates where there are long winters and a cooler spring.

Therefore they require a cold winter to continue to bloom in successive years.  Tulips will “perennialize” best in zones 7 or colder. This process is known as vernalization: plants need about 8 – 10 weeks of soil temperatures registering between 45 – 50°F and then a climactic rebound to warmer temperatures to produce a flower bud.

Because of this it may be best to treat tulips as annuals in areas where winter temperatures do not drop for sustained periods of time. While planting new bulbs every fall may get tedious, it will ensure continuous blooms every spring.

Tulips Bulbs Care

Bulbs should be planted in the fall, 6 -8 weeks before a hard frost is anticipated for the area. This ranges from September to October depending on the growing area. Tulips prefer sunny spots in the garden, but need some partial shade in zones that have higher daytime temperatures and more intense sunlight.

They do not like their roots to be wet so look for sites with well-drained soil that is slightly acidic to neutral.  Work the garden site well, adding in broken down compost a few inches below where the bulbs will be planted.

Then plant tulip bulbs approximately 8” below the soil surface, and space them 4 – 6” apart. Water the bulbs well after planting to help trigger their growth.

Tulip Care

Tulips are fairly drought tolerant and do not need much water, other than what they receive from rainfall. Because of this, irrigation systems can be detrimental to tulip beds. It’s best to route water lines around the beds to keep the soil from being too wet as this abundant moisture encourages bulb rot.

Tulip plants also don’t require much fertilizer; a yearly addition of compost to the soil will provide everything the plants need for optimal growth and will also help to improve soil drainage.

Tulip Pests

Too much water is the enemy of tulips, and many of the pests and diseases that affect plants are related to damp conditions. Gray mold and bulb rot are the two most common disease afflictions; both of which are mostly preventable by keeping soil moisture controlled and avoiding overwatering. When plants are infected the treatment is removal of any affected plant material.

Tulip plants are typically attacked by pests correlated to wet conditions such as:

  • Aphids
  • Slugs
  • Snails

Rodents are particularly fond of tulip bulbs and preventative measures should be put in place to deter these creatures.

  • Voles
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels

Types of Tulips

Tulips come in many different colors and sizes, there are many different types of tulips that will look great in a tulip garden.

Single Early Tulip:

Are the ones you usually see in the beginning of spring. They come in all different colors and grow between 6 and 18 inches tall.

Double Early Tulip:

Have more petals then the single early version. They come in reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, and white. They usually grow around beginning to mid spring and grow up to 12 inches tall.

Darwin Hybrid:

Grow in mid spring and have a pyramid shape to them. They come in many bright colors such as pink, yellow, orange, and red.

Triumph Tulip:

Also grow in mid spring. They are very large and grow to 14 to 24 inches. They come in a wide variety of colors.

Single Late:

Is another tall version of this flower. They can be anywhere from 24 to 30 inches tall. The flower itself has an oval shape to it. They also come in a wide variety of colors.

Fringed Tulip:

Named for the way they look. The edge of the petals are fringed. They come in purple, pink, red, white and yellow. They grow 14 to 26 inches tall.

Lily Flowered:

A beautiful look to it. The petals are pointy shaped, and open up like a delicate looking flute. They come in all kinds of colors.

Parrot Tulip:

The Parrot Tulip has a different look. They have fringed petals that open wide. This type comes in bright colors and is very large.

Greigii Tulip:

Blooms in mid spring and the flower stand straight up at attention. The petals do not spread out far when opened.

Viridiflora:

Flowers are 16 to 21 inches tall. They are also called green tulip because of the green streak on their leaves.

Double Late:

Are full flowers with a large bloom. They bloom in late spring and are 14 to 24 inches high.

Rembrandt:

Have strange looking marks on them. They are from a virus that was spread onto the plants. They are not usually planted anymore.

Fosteriana:

Blooms in mid spring and has large flowers. They look very tall and can grow to be 12 – 18 inches tall.

Kaufmannia:

Have a very large blossom. They bloom in mid spring.

Tulip Mania

Now we can’t have a page about tulips without mentioning Tulip Mania. During the 1630s the people in the Netherlands began to really like tulips. Their beautiful vibrant colors attracted people and tulips became a must have luxury item.

At the start people bought and sold tulips normally giving money in exchange for the tulips. Eventually as demand increased for tulips the price skyrocketed. Tulips began to be traded the same way stocks are traded today.

With the rise in prices speculators began to buy tulips at the end of the season. They did not receive the tulips. They were buying on the premise that the price of tulips would continue to rise in the future and be worth more than what they originally bought them for. This was buying in a futures market.

It became a tulip mania where buyers and sellers were rapidly buying and selling pieces of paper without anyone actually receiving any tulips. In 1637 the demand for tulips suddenly stopped. The prices for tulips crashed into the ground and they became worthless. Anyone still holding a purchase contract for tulips lost a lot of money when the bubble suddenly burst.

Tulip Conclusion

Available in many gorgeous colors and shapes, tulips are a fantastic accent in many gardens. They grow as annuals in warmer climates and perennials in areas where winters get cold enough for vernalization. Needing very little water, and little fertilizer, they are an easy plant to put into a garden space for early to mid-spring blooms.

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Best Mailbox

Best mailbox is a matter of opinion and you have a lot of choices. Residential mailboxes come in a variety of styles. You can choose a plastic mailbox, metal mailbox, decorative mailboxes, wall mount mailbox or a locking mailbox. Originally I considered a locking mailbox but I ultimately decided to go with a traditional mailbox with post.

What is the Best Mailbox?

In my opinion the best mailbox I found is the Salsbury Industries Heavy Duty Rural Mailbox.

The Salsbury mailbox is a heavy duty aluminum mailbox. It is nothing like the cheap plastic ones you find at the big box stores. This thing is sturdy and feels and looks very well made. It comes in a variety of colors. You can choose beige, black, green or white. I picked the black mailbox.

One feature I really like is the mailbox door has a strong magnet that holds the door shut. It is a really nice touch, no more mailbox doors hanging open. I also used large 3″ inch mailbox numbers, Hy-Ko Products MM-5N Self Adhesive Vinyl Numbers 3″ High. This is where I had only a slight issue with the mailbox.

I wanted to place the numbers on the side of the mailbox, the area on the side of the mailbox to place the numbers only had room for about 3″ inches. Two ridges run along the side of the mailbox, which limits space for the numbers. I like the ridges because they make the mailbox look good and they give the mailbox added strength. I applied the numbers on each side of the mailbox, the numbers didn’t quite fit and overhung the space ever so slightly. This is purely cosmetic.

I could have left it but I decided to get some scissors and trim a very small amount at the top of each number to fit it into the roughly 3″ inch area. After I did that they fit perfectly.

Best Mailbox Post

I think this is a great mailbox, but with the mailbox you also need the best mailbox post to go with it. The Salsbury Industries Designer In-Ground Mounted Decorative Mailbox Post is the companion mailbox post for the mailbox.

The mailbox post comes in three styles and several colors. The post is just as high quality and heavy duty as the mailbox. It is 81 inches tall and is made of aluminum. The inside of the post is hollow but do not try and put a 4×4 piece of wood inside the post when you install it. The mailbox post is designed to be installed into the ground as is with nothing inside the post.

After doing extensive research I think this is the best mailbox and mailbox post combination you can find.

Installing the Mailbox and Mailbox Post

For the mailbox installation I was originally going to take the traditional route. This involved sticking the mailbox post on top of a 6 inch deep bed of gravel and filling the hole with quick set concrete. I was all set to do this until I came across a unique product that I hadn’t seen before.

It is called Sika Fix Fence Post Mix, this is a foam used to install posts. When I first came across Sika Post Fix I scoffed at the idea of installing anything in foam, it seemed ridiculous that it could ever work. I thought to myself, I’ve used foam in a can plenty of times to fill holes so I am familiar with foam and how easily it breaks apart.

This of course is not the same foam you get in a can. Sika Post Fix is a high density foam which makes it very tough. Intrigued by this I decided to just try the foam. If it was terrible and didn’t work I could easily just rip the mailbox out of the foam and go get some gravel and concrete and do it the traditional way.

I also did it on a Saturday so if it was a complete disaster at least I would have Sunday to try and fix it and I wouldn’t have to worry about the mail carrier showing up trying to deliver mail and finding no mailbox.

Being extremely skeptical that this foam would actually work. I watched a lot of videos and read all of the instructions about how to properly use the foam. Eventually I felt pretty confident that I could at least apply it correctly. I really wanted this to work, if it didn’t work it was going to be a real pain to have to start over and I really wasn’t very excited about having to lug bags of concrete and gravel around.

Using Sika Post Fix

Before you dig always make sure to call 811 to mark any possible utility lines in the area.

The Sika Post Fix instructions say the hole must be 8″ inches in diameter and 36″ inches deep for a 4 x 4 post. After ripping the old mailbox out I was left with a hole 9″ x 10″ inches in diameter and 33″ inches deep. The old mailbox post was stuck into the ground without any concrete over 20 years ago. We have heavy clay soil and since it was almost three feet deep it certainly seemed like it was installed with concrete. It was extremely difficult to remove from the ground.

Mailbox Rules

The Salsbury mailbox post is a 4 x 4 post and is roughly 62.5″ inches from the floor of the mailbox to the end of the post. I could not install the mailbox post 36″ inches deep per the instructions since it would sit far too low and not meet USPS specifications.

Here are the USPS requirements https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm

Post office specifications state the mailbox should be between 41″ to 45″ inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or mailbox entry point. The mailbox also needs to be 6″ to 8″ inches back from the curb.

I decided to back fill the 33″ inch deep hole up to about 19″ inches deep. I tamped it down using part of the old mailbox post I broke off when I removed the old post. At 19″ inches this made the floor of the mailbox sit at about 43″ inches high which complied with the mailbox rules.

Pouring Sika Post Fix

After following all directions on the bag I placed the mailbox post into the hole. I made sure everything was nice and level and braced it with IRWIN Tools QUICK-GRIP Clamp Set and pieces of wood I found lying around. I made sure everything was level using the IRWIN Tools Magnetic Post Level.

I then poured the foam liquid around the post. The instructions say to actually pour the liquid onto the post not just into the hole. Making contact with the post allows for a better bond with the post and also helps protect the post from rot if you are using a wooden post.

Despite the fact that my hole diameter was larger than 8″ inches and the depth was only 19″ inches I felt confident the foam would fill the hole just fine. After pouring the foam it quickly started to rise and after a couple of minutes it began to overflow the top of the hole.

After the foam stopped flowing it easily filled the entire hole and came up and out of the hole quite a bit as well. Everything worked nicely, the instructions say to wait 2 hours before doing anything to let it fully cure.

Mailbox Installation Results

After waiting a little over 2 hours I checked the results. Everything looked good, I pushed on the post a little bit to see how well it was holding.

I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be working quite well. Satisfied with my little quality control test I proceeded to take a hand saw and a small knife and cut off the excess foam that had overflowed out of the hole. This turned out to be more difficult than I thought, the foam is pretty strong and it took some effort to cut it back. I even cut down a little into the hole so that I could place soil on top to hide the foam.

I then attached the mailbox and made sure everything was still sitting level and checked my measurements one more time. Everything looked good. So far it seems to be working very well. Of course time will tell how long this will last. I have read that utility companies use foam to install telephone poles so that gives me confidence that this will work just fine.

The other benefit I see is if for some reason I ever need to remove the mailbox post it should be much easier to remove the mailbox post secured in foam rather than secured in heavy concrete. That benefit alone makes it worthwhile for me to use the foam.

Mailbox with Post

Mailbox with Post

I think this is the best mailbox and mailbox post available. It is a great looking setup and the foam made installation very simple. If I was going to do it all over again I would do it exactly the same way. Make sure to take a look at the Best Weed Eater reviews so you have something to trim the grass that will grow around your new mailbox post.

Best Mailbox2019-06-12T02:04:29-04:00

Herbs List

herbs shelf

A good herbs list is important as more and more people switch their focus in the kitchen to using natural ingredients, and creating very flavorful dishes without the use of salt and processed flavorings, there is a coinciding increase in the amount of fresh herbs purchased and used in cooking.

With this comes a trend of home gardeners growing their own herbs in garden spaces or kitchen windowsills.

Herbs Names

Here are some great herbs names that make a fantastic addition to any garden.

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Herbs List

Here is a more detailed look at the herbs list.

Basil

herbs list - basil leaf

Perhaps one of the most popular and widely used culinary herbs, basil is found in many herb gardens. Basil recipes are known for their spicy taste and odor. Basil pizza is great. Basil leaf is grown as an annual, with plants reaching 12-18” in height. It grows well in containers, preferring a sunny location and to be well-watered.

Cilantro

cilantro herb

Cilantro recipes are a staple in Mexican and Asian dishes, cilantro is another herb commonly planted in herb gardens. Cilantro growing is best done in full sun and well-drained soil but Cilantro has the tendency to go to seed (bolt). Cilantro plants will grow to 12-24” tall but do best when the plant is harvested when around 6” tall. To minimize bolting and to insure a constant supply of fresh leaves for harvest, plant successive sowings of cilantro every 3-4 weeks.

Dill

dill herb

The foliage of dill is used to flavor meat dishes such as fish and lamb; seeds are used in pickling recipes. Dill grows tall with feathery foliage. If growing dill is left unharvested it will produce large, flat topped yellow flowers with seed clusters. It prefers full sun and can be sown 1-2 weeks before the last frost.

Parsley

parsley herbs

Available in two types, curly and flat-leaf, parsley is the most common herb grown in gardens and parsley recipes are used for many culinary purposes. It is used as both a garnish and a flavoring. Parsley is a hardy biennial plant, but is typically grown as an annual plant. It fares extremely well when grown indoors and can be transplanted into the garden in the spring.

Oregano

herbs names - oregano herbs

Most commonly used in Italian dishes (pasta sauces, tomato dishes, oregano pizza), oregano is a perennial herb with a very intense flavor. Oregano does best when grown in full sun, and needs well drained soil for successful overwintering. It does best when brought indoors for the winter. If it is left outside, treat oregano as a tender plant and cover with a layer of straw or mulch after the ground is frozen to protect plants.

Rosemary

rosemary herbs

Another favorite garden herb, rosemary is a tender perennial that can grow up to 4-6’ tall. To grow rosemary it is best propagated as stem cuttings as seeds germinate slowly; plants grown from seed may take years to develop into usable plants. Harvest tender plant tips and foliage as needed throughout the growing season to flavor meat dishes; long, woody stems can be harvested and used as skewers for kabobs for extra flavoring.

Sage

sage herb

A shrubby, perennial plant that grow to 2-3’ tall, sage is used for culinary flavoring but also as ornamental plants in containers or a garden landscape. When growing sage it prefers a full-sun location that has been well amended with compost. It is best to propagate from cuttings since plants from seed can take several years to become ready for harvest. Harvest sage leaves as needed throughout the growing season cutting 6-8” long stems for drying.

Thyme

herbs names - thyme herb

Highly aromatic, thyme is a low-growing perennial with stiff, woody stems and small oval leaves. When growing thyme it prefers a sunny location, well-drained soils, and lots of compost to grow well. As thyme plants age they become woodier and benefit from being cut back severely every few years. Stems can be harvested for use at any time during the growing season but are most flavorful if cut just before the plant flowers, and then hung to dry.

Growing Herbs

Growing herbs in a garden is quite easy. Many varieties will do well in typical garden soil as long as the location receives plenty of sunlight and the soil has good drainage. Herbs can become stressed if exposed to too much wind or extreme conditions.

It is best to plant them along the foundations of buildings, or near walls or fences to give them some shelter. This also creates micro climates that will help protect plants throughout the winter, increasing the chances of overwintering.

People often opt to grow herbs in containers, making them easy to bring tender perennials indoors during the harsher winter months.

If you choose to grow herbs in containers it is better to fill pots with potting soil to keep the growing media from compacting (garden soil will compact severely in pots, making it hard for plants to develop good root systems). Pots will also need more frequent watering and fertilizer throughout the growing season.

Herbs List Conclusion

The herbs names mentioned here make a fantastic addition to any garden, adding unique foliage and exquisite fragrances to the planting area.

The list of herbs require little maintenance and do well when planted in-ground or in containers. The harvested foliage then makes a great culinary addition to the home’s kitchen.

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Air Fryer Oven Review

This Air Fryer Oven Review is all about the Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air. I think this is hands down the best air fryer on the market. I have used this thing at least every other day since I got it. It does everything you could want a small oven to do.

Air Fryer Oven Review: Why Breville

Before using the Breville Smart Oven Air I had one of those egg shaped round air fryers. I used it for around a year and a half. Eventually the display screen began to flash some weird numbers and it would turn of and on while it was cooking something. I knew this meant it was on it’s way out. I kept using it despite these problems but sure enough eventually it simple died in the middle of cooking food, I had to quickly finish cooking it in a toaster oven.

While I really liked the round egg shaped air fryer, there were somethings I did not like. There is no window in order to watch the food. You have to remove the basket in order to see how the food is cooking. I also dreaded having to clean the air fryer what I was done with it. That was always a chore. I especially did not like that it only lasted a year and a half before it decided to quit on me. Other than these things I really liked it and used it very frequently.

The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air solves these problems. There is a large window so you can keep an eye on your food. There is even a very bright oven light that you can turn on and off using a button. I really like the oven light. Cleaning the Breville air fryer is a breeze. I line the pan with tin foil which means the only cleaning involved is removing the tin foil and putting it in the trash. Done all clean, it really couldn’t be easier to clean. It is also extremely well build and high quality so I fully expect it to last for years unlike the cheap round egg shaped air fryer.

No contest the Breville air fryer is superior in every way to the egg.

Air Fryer Healthy

Is using an air fryer healthy? Frying with Air is much healthier than deep frying in a vat of oil. The food is crispier isn’t soggy or greasy and it has less calories because you are ingesting all of the grease that a traditional deep fryer soaks food in.

Air Fryer Oven Review: What Else Does It Do

Not only does it do a magnificent job of air frying it does so much more.

The Breville Smart Oven Air Has 13 programmed settings:

  • Toast
  • Bagel
  • Broil
  • Bake
  • Roast
  • Warm
  • Pizza
  • Proof
  • Airfry
  • Reheat
  • Cookies
  • Slow Cook
  • Dehydrate

All of these settings can be adjusted any way you like. You can also adjust the settings while the oven is running. You can find many easy air fryer recipes online to make great use of all of these settings.

How Does An Air Fryer Work

In a traditional deep fryer there is a reservoir filled with oil. Food is placed into a basket and lowered into this pool of grease. After it is done cooking the food is lifted out of the nasty grease, drained and the food is dumped onto a plate.

Of course the food tastes good but it is extremely unhealthy and you have to drain the grease from the fryer, put it into a container if you plan on using it again or you have to get rid of it the grease. Oil can also be expensive, peanut oil is very expensive stuff. Not to mention grease stains on clothes and getting burned with hot oil.

An air fryer removes all of these problems. An air fryer works by using a large powerful fan in a small oven space. The oven heats up and the fan moves at a high rate of speed. This powerful fan causes the heated air to circulate rapidly around the food allowing it to cook perfectly and taste just like traditionally deep fried food.

Before using an air fryer I was skeptical that it would be as good as it claimed. I was pleasantly surprised because it really is as good as a deep fryer, but much easier to use and healthier for you.

Air Fryer Oven Review: Air Fryer Uses

Here are some great foods that I have air fried. Of course they don’t have to be air fried. They can be cooked many different ways using the abundant amount of settings on the smart oven.

  • Air fryer fried chicken
  • Wings
  • Chicken tenders
  • Chicken patties
  • Bacon
  • Steak
  • Salmon
  • Frozen french fries

How to Use An Air Fryer

Using the Breville air fryer is simple. In fact using any air fryer is simple. You simply place your food on the rack or in the basket, Air fryers use either no oil or very little oil it’s entirely up to you. Using a little oil helps the food cook better, I always spray some oil directly onto the food.

breville smart oven air plug

breville smart oven air plug

You spray the food with your favorite oil.

A great sprayer that I use is the Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle, Non-Aerosol for Olive Oil and Cooking Oils, 8-ounce Capacity, Set of 2 each squeeze of the trigger sprays one quarter of a teaspoon of oil so you always know exactly how much oil you are using.

That’s it turn the air fryer on and it starts cooking. If you are using the egg shaped air fryer it’s a good idea to shake the food halfway through cooking to ensure that it is cooking evenly.

When I am done using the air fryer I unplug it. The Breville has a great plug design as well, it has a ring you can stick your finger in making it super easy to unplug. A small but very nice touch.

How to Clean an Air Fryer

Cleaning the egg shaped air fryers can be annoying. I know I hate to clean them. Generally there are two baskets, one basket holds the food and the other basket catches the grease or crumbs or any other debris. Cleaning the the crumb basket is pretty straightforward. The food basket is the really pain.

To promote air flow these baskets have slots and holes in them, this makes it more difficult to clean because grease and food gets into these slots so you have to clean each slot individually, it is very tedious.

After a while cleaning failed to remove all of the grease stains and I could never get the fryer perfectly clean no matter how much I tried.

The Breville air fryer like any other toaster oven air fryer is much simpler to clean. I air fry using the included pan and I put tin foil on the pan so when it is done cooking I simply remove the tin foil and throw it away and that’s it.

Occasionally I will rinse off the pan but usually it never even needs to be cleaned. Cleaning is as simple as it can get.

The Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air is a great choice if you want a great air fryer that can do so much more.

Also be sure to take a look at our Best Weed Eater and Best Pole Saw reviews as well.

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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are great if you are looking to make a statement in your landscaping, or fill in some empty spaces that just need a little extra pizzazz. The below ornamental grasses are the perfect solution.

Ornamental grasses are a bold statement in your garden and landscape and add color, texture, and movement. With many varieties available for a range of growing zones it’s easy to find plants that suit your taste.

After the initial planting, ornamental grasses are usually easy to care for. They need watered when they are dry and cut back in late fall or early spring to promote new growth in the coming season.

Ornamental grasses work really well as border plants or edging. Their size and shape also lends them to filling in narrow spaces well.

If you’re looking to add some ornamental grasses to your garden or landscape here are 10 popular varieties:

Top 10 Types of Ornamental Grasses

  • Bamboo
  • Blue Fescue
  • Blue Oat Grass
  • Dwarf Pampas Grass
  • Feather Reed Grass
  • Japanese Forest Grass
  • Maiden Grass
  • Purple Fountain Grass
  • Rush Grass
  • Zebra Grass

Bamboo

Bamboo

Most people don’t consider bamboo when thinking about ornamental grasses, even though it is a member of the grass family.

It grows upright, and quickly, making it a great addition to new landscapes or gardens that warrant quick establishment.

Blue Fescue

Ornamental Grasses - Blue Fescue

A small ornamental grass, blue fescue is commonly used at the base of tall, leggy shrubs, as accents or edging, or as ground cover when planted in masses.

Blue fescue grows to be about 6-10” tall and about as wide.

It does well in a variety of zones but prefers full to partial sun and well drained soil. The bluish foliage looks best in early summer; trim seed heads off plants to keep them looking compact and neat.

Blue Oat Grass

The steel blue color of blue oat grass sets it apart from other ornamental grasses.

An easy to grow grass, blue oat grass has a mounded shape that gives it a unique look. Blue oat grass also won’t spread and take over your garden.

Dwarf Pampas Grass

Ornamental Grasses - Pampas Grass

A medium sized ornamental grass, dwarf pampas grass grows to about 4-5’ tall and produces beautiful, showy, white plumes in the late summer and fall.

Dwarf pampas grass is one of the showiest ornamental grasses, loves full sun, and is resistant to deer and rabbits.

Feather Reed Grass

Ornamental Grasses - Feather Reed Grass

One of the most popular ornamental grasses, feather reed-grass tolerates many different growing conditions. It grows to approximately 6-8’ in height, 2-3’ in width, and tends to grow upright and straight.

Many grasses arch outward so this erectness gives it an architectural advantage over some of the others. By midsummer seed-heads mature to a deep golden color and remain attractive well into the fall and winter.

Japanese Forest Grass

This graceful ground cover almost looks like a miniature version of bamboo: having bright yellow leaves with thin green stripes. As the weather cools in the fall the foliage takes on a tinge of pink.

Japanese forest grass is slow growing and is best suited for partially shaded locations. It grows to about 18-24” tall; the arching leaf blades gracefully re-touching the ground.

Maiden Grass

Growing 6-10’ tall and 3-5’ wide, these easy to grow, arching ornamental grasses are popular in landscapes.

Maiden Grass has narrow foliage that comes in a variety of colors – from green-and-white striped, to yellow striped, dark green or greenish white – and silvery plumage that catches the light.

Purple Fountain Grass

Ornamental Grasses - Purple Fountain Grass

The beautiful burgundy-red foliage of purple fountain grass makes it a favorite among gardeners. Its stunning color is present all season long and blooms in midsummer.

Plants grow to about 3’ tall and do best in full sun locations with well drained soil. It is a tender perennial and is often grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Rush Grass

Rush Grass

A perfect option for wet, poorly drained soils, rush thrives in damp conditions and produces richly colored, grass like foliage.

It does well in full sun and grows to a height of 18-24” tall.

Zebra Grass

Zebra Grass

If you’re looking for something that really stands out in your garden, zebra grass is a great option. Each blade features a series of bright yellow bands, giving it a striped appearance.

It is smaller in stature than some ornamental grasses (growing up to 5’ tall) and has an upright habit that makes it look great in borders.

It is also known as porcupine grass.

Benefits of Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses add an architectural element to garden and landscapes. Their movement, color and texture set them apart from other garden plants giving them a unique place in garden designs.

With many different colors and shapes available to choose from, it’s easy to find one that fits your garden style.

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