Check out Ornamental Grasses

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Don’t underestimate the impact that herbaceous plants could have on your garden! With such a diverse group of plants, there is something for every space and every style.

Tall and architectural grasses make fabulous screens, while shorter species soften the edges of curbs and containers. Colorful foliage and textured flower heads bring a lot of interest to the garden, and evergreen herbs can even be used to create a structure all year round.

Most of the grasses combine wonderfully, gracefully blending into the perennial borders and forming a rich tapestry. Whether you decide to stamp a few around your patio pots or go all out and opt for a meadow planting scheme, there is always room in the garden for ornamental grasses.

Read on to find out how to use herbs in your garden and which ones to choose for the best effect. Browse our wide range of ornamental herbs and buy yours online today.

1. Add a touch of color.
If you’re looking for some color in the garden, this vibrant perennial herb is hard to smack! The thin, light green leaf blades deepen to ruby red at the ends. By the end of summer, the leaves turned Golden-green and dark garnet. Although it is not the most resistant grass, Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’ likes to grow outdoors when protected with straw mulch in winter. Plant it in the herbaceous border in vigorous clumps or as part of a mixed container.

2. Japanese Gardens.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ is a superb ornamental herb with an elegant and cascading habit. It is a good choice for containers and Japanese gardens, where the gold-streaked foliage forms a wonderful rounded tuft. Both well planted in a single specimen or in vigorous groups to form a dense soil cover.

3. Fluffy Flower Heads.
It’s hard to resist touching the fluffy flower heads of Pennisetum alopecuroides! These bottle brush flowers create a flickering mist on slender clusters of green leaves in summer – perfect for adding texture to borders and softening the silhouettes of after summer perennials. The foliage is quite inconspicuous, so it is better to plant this herb among other spring-flowering grasses or perennials to arouse interest earlier in the year. P. ‘Hameln’ has longer and less cylindrical flower heads, while P.’ Hameln Gold’ brings a touch of bright yellow foliage to the garden.

4. Add movement.
Stipa tenuissima is one of my favorites, and for good reason! This robust grass forms a neat tuft of fine filiform leaves that create a fabulous swell movement in the summer borders. It requires virtually no maintenance once established and readily tolerates cosy and dry soils. Perfect for giving gravel gardens and borders a soft, wispy feel and pairs well with other herbs and perennials. A word of warning – if he is happy, this hardy grass will sow freely and will often appear elsewhere in the garden!

5. Create height and structure.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ is an excellent herb to add height and structure to the back of the borders. This eye-catching grass is best known for its early summer foliage with distinctive cream stripes that line each blade. At the end of the summer, the foliage turned to gold, accompanied by high copper-pink flower feathers, which are a striking architectural feature. Vertical stems are worth giving up to arouse dramatic winter interest. M. sinensis ‘Strictus’ is visually very similar, although a little larger.

6. Winter Terrace Containers.
“Bronze Perfection” from Carex Coman is an excellent sedge grass with stiff, stiff foliage that arches from a neat bing. Due to its unusual bronze color and evergreen foliage, it is the perfect addition to winter containers. The foliage softens the edges, adds color and gives a fabulous texture. Robust, compact and drought-resistant, this easy-care Sedge is easy to grow in any well-drained soil. For a darker brown and pink foliage, try C. ‘milk chocolate’.

7. Marshy and acidic soils.
Eriophorum angustifolium is commonly called woolly – it’s easy to see why! This British native is found in acidic bogs, where it spreads into an evergreen colony of rather inconspicuous foliage. However, fluffy white flower heads are far from ordinary and resemble fluffy rabbit tails. If you can offer marshy, acidic soil, this hardy perennial is an excellent border water for natural planting schemes.

8. Planting A Specimen.
Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’ is quite spectacular! Its dark brown foliage forms an arched tuft that deepens to Burgundy during the growing season. At the end of summer, it is crowned with a sumptuous exhibition of slender and fluffy red flower heads that hang discreetly towards the ground. This vibrant herb is a fabulous plant that adds architecture and color to the garden. Although frost-resistant, it is better protected from the cold and winter.

9. Edges of the pond.
Herbs grow in a wide variety of conditions – this one likes wet feet! Glyceria maxima var. variegata can be planted up to 25 cm (10″) below the water level, creating a visible marginal water. The foliage emerges with a pink tint and ripens in green and yellow with an elegant variegated pattern. Loose and airy flower heads appear at the end of summer, offering a beautiful structural contrast. For a more natural display, choose the g maxima species with light green and plain foliage. This robust grass is best grown in large ponds where it has room to expand and develop dense stands that provide good cover for wildlife.

10. Displays Of Cut Flowers.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘little silver spider’ is an excellent cut flower! Bronze-colored feathery panicles rise on tall thin stems at the end of summer and turn silvery-white as they ripen. This is a magnificent structural grass that, despite its height, remains neat and compact, so it does not take up much space. Definitely a plant for the back of the border, where it will add a lot of after summer interest and architectural structure.

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