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(Jennifer Ebeling)
 
 
 

Jul 7, 2017

I am really excited about today’s show. I’m going to review a variety of ornamental grasses and provide tips on how to incorporate them into your landscape. Ornamental grasses add so much to your landscape.  They offer a diverse number of benefits to any garden: amazing structure throughout all four seasons, a romantic & hazy relaxed quality to the garden (I call it the hazy-lazy let’s-hangout-here vibe), the colors range from blues and purples to reds, greens, yellows, oranges, browns and even blacks. 

 

Imagine the following scenarios:

 

● Walking into your garden early in the morning and seeing dew on the seed-heads of your grasses.

● Or, the majestic quality of grasses in the fall - when their colors are as vibrant as the leaves on the trees.

● Or, looking out your window in the winter time to see the feathery plumes loaded with birds.  Grasses are absolutely beautiful.

As far as I’m concerned, grasses possess a magical quality.  Perhaps this has something to do with their marvelous relationship with one earth’s four basic element: wind. Wind is powerful, invisible, playful, soothing and life-giving. It can also be incredibly destructive. Like many things in this world that we cannot see - the wind is made visible by the movement of grasses.  In the same way that their inflorescences play with the wind, they also invite us to reach out and touch them - they are quite irresistible as you walk along a path. The sound of the wind through ornamental grasses is alluring - the rustling of the grasses adding another sensory experience for the gardener. 

For this show on ornamental grasses, I’ll share some thoughts on why you should consider adding grasses to your garden. Then, I’ll review some of the most-loved cultivars from popular genera of grasses. Finally, I’ll share some thoughts on the care and maintenance of grasses, as well as help you with some tips on planting & division.

 

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The Garden News Roundup for July 7, 2017:

Guest Update

Gloriosa Daisies for National Pollinator Week Gail Eichelberger (SG544)

Elegant Elaeagnus | Garden In Delight Shelley Cramm (SG548)

5 Reasons You Should Prune Your Tomato Plants - Creative Vegetable Gardener Megan Cain (SG557)

Queen Anne's Lace - Butterfly Host Plant and Blueberry Protector by Laurie Neverman (SG541)

Deborah Madison cooking with confidence (SG533)

Sustainability

In a Vase on Monday:  A Milkweed Bouquet

Wildlife Encounters

Continuing Ed

How to Defeat the Squash Vine Borer » Nature Moms

How To/DIY

Kokedama String Balls: A DIY Hanging Garden - Gardenista

DIY Projects to Try - Page 8 of 31 - Smart School House

6 Secrets To Growing Better Bush Beans | Off The Grid News

Plant Spotlight

Plumeria Plant Care: How To Care For A Potted Plumeria Plant

Culver’s Root: Sometimes Newer IS Better

Sweet!  Indian Hemp

Kelly Norris Dishes on New Plants, Going to Seed, and Bootleg Petunias | Greenhouse Grower

In the News

Homeowners battling a weedy orchid invading lawns and flowerbeds | MSU Extension

Dream Guest

Colour from the garden

Science

New Research Explores Potential of Using Steam or Hot Water for Early Weed Control |

Pavlov's plants: new study shows plants can learn from experience

Shopping

Barnel BLK727 Stainless Serrated Harvest Sickle

This giant nest for humans lets you curl up and get away from it all

10 Easy Pieces: Rainwater Collection Urns - Gardenista

‘Just Add Cream’, the amazingly tasty and pretty new strawberry | Life and style | The Guardian

Inspiration

Therapeutic Garden Grant Application - National Garden Bureau

Landscaping: 10 Classic Layouts for Townhouse Gardens - Gardenista

Tour gardens are pageant girls - Red Dirt Ramblings®