By Audrey Gillespie
“Low-maintenance” is usually at the top of most homeowners’ wish list for their landscapes. Typically only needing one good hair-cut a year, ornamental grasses fit the bill nicely. Fall is the time of year for most of them to shine, too. Drive around and see how beautiful ornamental grasses can be. The bank on the corner of S. 14th and S. Willis is a great example of the beauty, grace, and movement grasses can lend a garden bed.
Drive around to see for yourself how others are using grasses to beautify their landscapes. Unlike most other perennial plants, spring is the best time for planting. You can use the time now to plan and to prepare the soil for planting. Tilling in three inches of organic compost will improve any kind of soil, as will adding a three-inch layer of mulch as a top dressing.
Ornamental grasses come in a variety of sizes and shapes and an impressive array of colors. Let me introduce you to a few: (more…)