Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a tour of the wonderful ornamental grass nursery, Green Meadow Growers, where I was reminded how much I love designing with grasses! The nursery has a huge selection of grasses to chose from (as well as a nice selection of perennials and succulents) and I think that many of them would be perfect for a modern landscape design, or a very naturalistic one. Here are a few of my old favorites, as well as a few I just learned existed:
This is one of my all time favorites: Chondropetalum tectorum. I love its upright habit (it is about 4' tall, sometimes more) and the lovely blue-green color. It is a rush, so you'd think it needs a lot of water but think again! This guy is pretty drought tolerant.
This one is a biggie- Juncus 'Javelin'. It gets to be almost 7' tall, and it does have sharp needle-like tips so don't put it where anyone can brush up against it. But I think it is so sculptural and has a lovely blue color.
This reliable grass is Miscathus 'Adagio'. I think it is just the right size, about 3'-4' tall usually, and I don't think anyone can resist its soft fluttery feathers, I mean seedheads. This is a grass that moves in the wind, so it adds a whole other dimension to the garden.
© Kate Wiseman 2012. In San Diego? Want your own waterwise landscape design? I'd love to help! Please visit www.sageoutdoordesigns.com for more info.