Suggestions for Ornamental Grasses????

Discussion in 'Small Space Gardening' started by Kevinm, May 2, 2004.

  1. Kevinm

    Kevinm Member

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    Vancouver, BC
    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to plant some sort of ornamental grass in one of the large, cedar planter boxes on our deck (in Vancouver). Any suggestions for a grass that is visually interesting and perhaps would reach a height of 1-2 metres? The planter gets a lot of sun.

  2. Well Rooted

    Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' is magnificent and should reach at least 5'. If the area will received less than 6 hr of sun a day, then this is the best choice. Blooms in late June.

    Panicum virgatum - there are many cultivars, some with blue foliage, some with red tips. Likes more sun. Blooms in August.

    Make sure you have a big pot!

    Also spectacular is Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum', though it isn't as tall as you would like. It has burgundy leaves. Would be a wonderful contrast in front of the above 2, which are more upright. Full sun.

    Also of interests is Carex flagellifera, which has tan-colored foliage. Can take part shade.

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