No other plant can add movement and catch light like ornamental grasses. They can soften, yet enhance masonry elements with their airy form and uniquely capture and filter the sun's rays. Tip: Be sure to place them where they can catch the light, which will shine through their foliage and flower heads, making them glow and shimmer in the breezes.
If you have an area where turf is thin or just won’t grow, swap it for some easy-care ornamental grasses and sedges. These plants bring texture and year-long interest to any yard, and their care routine is beyond simple. An annual trim keeps most grasses in check, while sedges need very little annual grooming. A quick brush in early to mid-spring with gloved hands is usually enough to pull out dead stems and trigger new growth.
The makeover of this home's expansive grounds and gardens included expanding the lawn and more gracefully connecting it to the terrace. Tall golden grasses are a pretty contrast to the lawn's lush green.
A spreading-type pansy formula mix provides a colorful edging for planting beds. Pair it with a leatherleaf sedge for a season-long show that keeps going strong even after cold temps arrive. For pansies in beds, fertilize at planting time with water-soluble plant food to give plants a solid start. In warmer zones, avoid giving pansies a high-nitrogen fertilizer during September to avoid causing plants to stretch.
Two chairs and a small side table sit on this outdoor patio area, surrounded by ornamental grasses. The green and yellow-tinted landscape looks stunning against the charming red home in the background.
With ornamental grasses and aloe plants on either side of the path, the owners always have something lovely to admire on their strolls through the garden.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates