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Raised Garden Bed

The raised garden bed has gained immense popularity in the last couple of decades but the concept itself has been around for a long time.

Similar to container gardening, a raised garden bed is in essence a large planting box used for gardening instead of the traditional method of sowing plants directly in the ground.

Elevated garden beds, or “garden boxes” add an aesthetic appeal to the landscape, while also providing many advantages to the homeowner. Here are some ideas on how to make your garden look nice on a budget.Raised Garden Bed

Advantages of a Raised Garden Bed

Ease of Use – One of the most advantageous aspects of building a raised garden is how much easier it makes gardening for people.

This is especially important for people with physical limitations. A raised garden bed puts less stress on the body and could be easier on your back and knees over traditional gardening.

Clean Slate – Sometimes it’s easier to start over than to fix existing problems, including what’s wrong with a particular garden soil.

Building a raised garden bed and bringing in all new soil could prove to be easier than amending the soil that already exists in the garden.

Often times naturally occurring soils need modification such as garden fertilizers in order to achieve optimum plant growth. Sometimes the pH is too low, sometimes the soil pH is too high, and in either case the soil needs the pH adjusted to maximize nutrient availability.

The soil could also be low in organic matter, high in salts, or maybe it has a texture that isn’t the best for plant growth. Instead of spending the time and money needed to amend a soil and get it to a certain pH or texture, filling raised planters with all new material allows the gardener to start fresh with a soil that is well suited for garden plants.

Improved Soil Structure – Bringing in new material to fill a garden bed also means a soil structure is created that is loose and friable. It contains a high amount of decomposed organic matter full of microorganisms and plant beneficial bacteria.

This improved soil structure allows for root growth, improved aeration, and better water drainage which keep roots from becoming waterlogged. The raised garden also means less foot traffic as plants are tended to, reducing the soil compaction.

Above Ground Garden

Enhanced Weed Control – Compared to traditional garden plantings, raised bed gardens experience less weed problems. This is in part due to the new material – typically potting soil – brought in to fill the newly constructed beds.

These materials are screened to be free of weed seed reducing problems from the start. The plants in raised bed gardens are also planted more closely together.

As the plants grow, the shade canopy created is greater, and many weed species are suffocated out. Another benefit is that hand pulling weeds is easier because of the looser, more friable soil structure.

Better Pest Control Just like the reduction in weed problems, infestations of pests are also decreased in raised bed gardens. Most garden pests crawl along the ground to reach the base of desired plants.

Walls on the sides of the raised garden boxes will deter them from making their way to the plants. They will quickly look for plants that are more easily accessible.

Secondly, it’s easier to spot pests in raised beds since the plants are closer to eye level and easier to inspect. Infestations are spotted earlier and treated more quickly, lessening the damage caused.

Extended Growing Season – When the weather begins to warm in the spring, the soil in a raised garden will thaw more quickly than the solid ground.

Once the soil in a raised bed is thawed, seedlings can be planted earlier since the soil temperature will be warmer than the ground.

Hoops can also be constructed over the top of a raised bed garden. Plastic sheeting stretched over the hoops create mini-greenhouses, allowing plants to grow longer in the fall than in the open air. This provides an advantage if you live in an area with a shorter growing season.

Portability – If garden plants don’t seem to be getting enough sunlight, a raised bed can be moved to a sunnier location.

Sometimes this will require dismantling the sides of the beds and then building a raised garden in a new spot. If chicken wire is used as a base of the structure, it may be possible to just slide the beds to a new location.

Higher Yield – Better soil quality, increased aeration, higher levels of soil organic matter will all contribute to higher yielding plants. Less competition with weeds and lower incidence of pests lead to less stress on plants and once again higher yields.

Plants in raised beds are also planted closer together than cultivated flat ground, increasing yields.

Raised Garden

Building a Raised Garden Bed

The first step in building a raised garden, is determining the best placement. Garden plants need plenty of sunlight to grow and prefer protection from the harsh wind.

Once the location is figured out the bed can be constructed in any size desired. Lumber is the most common material used, but retaining blocks can work well also.

A raised bed at least 6” will provide plenty of space for roots to grow. After the frame of the raised bed is built clear the grass out from the bottom and line the bed with mesh hardware cloth, landscape fabric, or newspaper to minimize weeds.

Once the raised bed is fully constructed fill it with a mixture of nutrient rich soil and compost. Keep in mind the larger the bed, the more material will be needed to fill it. After constructed and filled with soil it’s time to plant and enjoy the advantages of a raised garden bed.

Wrapping Up

Of course if you don’t want to build your own raised garden you can always purchase a raised garden bed kit which would make the process much easier.

With the many advantages of a raised garden bed it’s easy to see why they are gaining so much popularity in home gardens. They are much easier on the body than gardening on the flat ground.

They offer improved soil structure, less weeds and pests, and higher planting rates with yields that are higher as well. This is a win-win situation for home gardeners.

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Container Gardening

Easy Container Gardening For Beginners

At one point before container gardening became popular, people thought in order to successfully grow a garden, a large yard was needed on property they owned. Rental properties, apartments, townhouses, etc. don’t provide the outdoor space and often times, the permission, to dig up a large chunk of ground to use for planting.

In the last ten or fifteen years container gardening has become a more popular, feasible solution in these limiting spaces; allowing people to grow gardens in places previously thought not allowable.

Easy Container Gardening for Beginners

What is Container Gardening

Simply put, container gardening is the practice of growing plants – both edible and ornamental – exclusively in containers instead of planting in the ground.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Container Gardening

With many positive aspects or advantages in container gardening, it’s easy to see why it’s gaining such popularity. Even those with adequate outdoor space for a traditional garden are experimenting in container gardening. There are also some disadvantages to container gardening. Below are both the advantages and disadvantages of container gardening.

Outdoor Garden Container

Advantages to Container Gardening:

  • An easy to change configuration makes it simple to modify the layout. Even after the planting is done new containers can be quickly added, or removed. Just keep in mind plants heights and how this can affect sunlight exposure for neighboring containers.
  • A big benefit of container gardening is the creativity it encourages. Many things can be used to plant in, sometimes taking a little creativity to turn an item into a planter, thus adding to the aesthetic component of a yard/patio. Mix and match a variety of heights, colors, and container materials to create a beautiful focal spot to accent your home.
  • Container gardening for beginners is an excellent way for a novice to try their hand at growing their own plants. There is no permanent transformation of their lawn/yard; if the project is unsuccessful or not enjoyable, it doesn’t require reseeding a section of grass or transforming a barren section of landscape.
  • It’s an excellent way to get kids and entire families involved in growing plants and vegetables. They can be involved in the process, start to finish; this can encourage them to try new foods as well.
  • Growing plants in containers helps to save water. When watering plants in the ground, the water spreads out to surrounding soil and evaporates through the soil surface. Less surface area in containers means less water is needed since less is lost to the atmosphere.
  • Just like water, plants grown in containers need less fertilizer/food for healthy, strong growth. When fertilizer is applied to potted plants it remains in a more concentrated area (because the water doesn’t spread to the surrounding soil), defined by the container itself. Here are some tips on choosing the best fertilizer for gardens.
  • Lower incidence of weeds.
  • There are fewer problems with disease when plants are grown in containers. When diseases occur they are typically noticed more quickly, and spreading is decreased between plants. It is also easier and more economical to treat one container than an entire in-ground garden.
  • The mobility of containers allows more control over sun exposure. Plants can be moved during the day to follow the path of the sun, or can be moved to a slightly shaded area when sunlight becomes too intense.
  • There is less trouble with pests. Typically, containers are kept closer to residential structures, decreasing the risk of animal pests grazing on tender plants. Deer, rabbits, raccoons, birds, etc. will hesitate to approach the containers as they are skittish of humans in the closer proximity. Neighboring pets will also be less likely to bother container plants.

As flexible as container gardening can be, there are some disadvantages that need to be considered when planning a project.

Container Gardening Ideas for Planters

Disadvantages to Container Gardening:

  • The cost of materials/supplies is going to be higher than traditional gardening. Containers and potting soil will need to be purchased before planting can be done. As the amount of containers planned for increases, so does the supply cost associated. You can find cheap containers and here are some ideas on how to make your garden look nice on a budget.
  • Water management requires a little more attention. Containers, although they need less water overall, will dry out more quickly than the ground will because of less volume. Plants can’t spread their root systems as far, limiting access to water.
  • Micro-environments are created within containers when used for gardening. One of the big concerns with these micro-environments is the increased soil temperatures that can be experienced. This is evident more in dark, and/or metal containers that absorb the heat from sunlight. Care needs to be taken to avoid the soil from becoming too hot and damaging the root systems.
  • The size of containers is limiting. You can only grow plants that fit into the containers available, at the correct plant spacing for the species chosen. Grouping plants too closely together will restrict air movement, and limit the amount of moisture and nutrients available per plant.

Container Gardening

Getting Started with Container Gardening

To get started with container gardening assess the space available to work with, and determine which plants you’d like to grow. Some of the best plants for container gardening are herbs which are a good, easy starting point if there is no previous gardening experience.

These vegetables are fairly low maintenance when grown in container vegetable gardens:

  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers

The three below grow well in containers too but the spreading vines will need more space than upright plants:

  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons

You can also grow perennials and annuals if you are looking for some easy container gardening for beginners flowers to grow in pots. Once the types of plants (and quantity) are chosen the containers and potting soil can be purchased. Use the biggest pot/pots possible to keep the soil from drying out as fast.

Creative Ideas For Plant Containers

Upcycling old items (wagons, wash tubs, barrels, etc.) for use as containers is a creative way to reduce supply costs. Make sure though any items used have drainage holes, yet will adequately hold soil. If need be, line the inside of containers with newspapers to prevent soil from falling out.

When planting, keep in mind proper plant spacing to encourage optimum growth and adequate air circulation. To foster growth, water containers thoroughly as needed, keeping the soil from drying out completely.

Fertilize periodically to provide ample nutrients, continuously watch for harmful pests, and prune back tattered leaves and spent blooms to encourage new growth.

Easy Container Gardening For Beginners

Go For It!

With a little time and effort, beginners can make container gardening easy, which can become a successful, fulfilling venture. Keeping the disadvantages in mind will help increase the chances of success and a bountiful harvest.

When container gardening is done correctly it is possible to create an artistic, aesthetically pleasing container garden that allows for flexibility while still being functional.

Not only does it add to a traditional in-ground garden, it allows people with limited space the chance to grow their own plants.

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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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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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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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