You will find my garden lacking in ornamental grasses.
I know of many good reasons to plant ornamental grasses, including for the winter interest they provide and for the movement they add to the garden as they sway out there in the wind.
I see ornamental grasses growing in other gardens, and I like them alright. I just haven’t made room for them in my own garden.
I do have this patch of what I call Zebra Grass, but I don’t know if that is really what it is. A colleague at work gave this grass to me when I first moved to this house and I’ve regretted planting it ever since.
Let me count the ways that I don’t like it.
1. It spreads without regard for the other plants around it and tries to take over their space. 2. It doesn’t have great winter interest. 3. When it mats down in the winter, I’m sure it provides little meadow voles with a wonderful place to hide. 4. As you can see from the picture, it doesn’t do well in dry years
I also at one time had some Japanese blood grass, but I dug it out this spring. It was a slow, deliberate spreader and was just not in a good place. Someone gave me that grass, too.
And that’s pretty much it for the ornamental grasses in my gardens.
So why am I writing about ornamental grasses, if they are such a small part of my garden?
Layanee at Ledge and Garden and Shirl at Shirls Gardenwatch are posting about their ornamental grasses this weekend and thought it would be fun to see how many ornamental grasses other gardeners have. I’ll join in most any garden blogging party!
So here I’ve joined their party, bringing along my one ornamental grass.
I feel like I’ve brought a bag of chips to the party, posting about just one ornamental grass, when everyone else has prepared a gourmet feast, posting about all kinds of wonderful ornamental grasses.
But I do have this kind of grass…
The lawn is starting to look green again! Today was all cloudy and blah out, and then it started raining, which turns out to be just the kind of day we’ve been hoping for. It’s nice to hear the rain on the roof again and it should rain off and on tonight and into tomorrow morning. It’s wonderful!