Choosing Ornamental Grasses for their Season of Interest

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Ornamental Grasses create visual interest, texture, color and movement when strategically used in your garden, particularly when paired with complementary plantings.

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Here are some tips on choosing Ornamental Grasses for their specific season of interest and suggestions for companion planting.

Spring:

Evergreen sedges, rushes and cool season grasses such as:
Juncus ‘Unicorn’, Milleum e ‘Aurem’, Carex ‘Bowles Golden’, Carex ‘Evergold’, Deschampsia ‘Northern Lights’, Festuca ‘Siskyou Blue’.

Companions:
Euphorbia, Pulsatilla, Spanish Lavender, Heuchera, Spring flowering bulbs.

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Summer:

Helictotrichon eempervirens, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Stipa gigantea, Hakonochloa ‘Aureola’, Pennisetum rubrum, Imperatea ‘Red Baron’

Companions:

Pervoskia ‘Little Sprie’, English Lavender, Guara, Coreopsis, Phygelius, Knautia, Cerntranthus ruber, Achillea, Eryngium, Helianthus, Echinacea, Phlomis.

For shade: Astilbe, Hosta’s, Coleus.

Autumn:

Pennisetum ‘Haemln’, Pannicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, Miscanthus, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Pennisetum Rubrum.

Companions:

Anemone, Asters, Eupatorium, Helenium autumnale, Sedum, Schizostylis.

Winter:

Carex ‘Ice Dance’, Carex ‘Frosty Curls’, Carex Buchannii, Miscanthus

Companions:

Euphorbia wulfenii, Heuchera, Ivy, Winter bulbs such as Galanthus and Winter Aconites.

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Previous articles in this series:

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 1

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 2

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 3

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