Appeals and Advantages
of Ornamental Grasses
The Annual Cycle
Catalogs, Tags, and Books
Our Selections - The
Ones We Grow & Why
Planting, watering, etc.
How We Operate &
How to Contact/Visit Us
Grasses have many appeals and advantages.
Ornamental grasses transcend the traditional in landscape design, and create dramatically quick and satisfying results. Unlike most other perennials, which bloom only briefly, our grasses provide continuous interest, with blooms that evolve rather than die back; offer beautiful fall foliage colors - and even stand up in their dormant state to provide form and movement in your garden through all but the worst winters.
- Our grasses require virtually no maintenance after the spring cutback - no fertilizers, no insecticides, and no dead-heading - EVER!
- After the first year in the ground, most will not even require supplemental watering except in the driest years. Even then the need is minimal and usually cosmetic (not essential to survival).
- Their graceful, upright foliage will sway and whisper in the breeze, providing lush movement, soothing sound, and dancing light.
- The blooms of grasses do not open and then die - they evolve throughout the season. They therefore need no dead-heading whatsoever - ever! The progression of colors from both their long-lasting blooms and also their foliage as the season progresses provides almost 4-season pleasure, with the charm of perpetual change from a single plant.
- When the rest of the landscaping has peaked, in late summer to early fall, ornamental grasses are just coming into their GLORY... with spectacular flowering plumes, followed by exquisite autumn-colored foliage.
- We have selected exclusively clumping grasses that do not run or readily self-sow in New England, so our grasses will very rarely (if ever) spread to areas where you don't want them. Some seeds may survive the rare winters when we have uninterrupted snow cover from December through spring, but these "volunteers" will be few in number and easy to pluck out (or transplant, if you want to use them).
- Their distinctive cut flowers can be easily brought inside to extend your enjoyment through the winter. Five to seven foot stems - or shorter cut blooms - can be used in containers or just bundled in a corner, for a wonderfully natural and unique look. Just cut them and arrange them in a dry vase or tied bundle. They'll cure perfectly within a week, with no attention or care from you at all, and last for years.
- Grasses tolerate and readily adapt to a wide variety of soil conditions, and most do best without fertilizers, as long as there is some organic matter in the soil. Chemical fertilizing can actually weaken the plant, reduce flowering, and make stems droop. (See "Planting, watering, etc.")
- Grasses are virtually immune to disease and insect damage, and deer and rabbits will not eat them.
- Since they re-grow from ground-level every year, they can be used in problem areas where shrubs and other ornamentals might be ruined by plowed snow, falling snow and ice from the roof, severe winds, etc.
- They can be successfully divided year after year to create many additional plants at no additional expense.They are VERY durable, and can survive all kinds of abuse. (It's grass... the more you cut it, the faster it grows!)