Plant Selection Tips: Ornamental Grasses
Are you looking for a plant to provide some height or texture to your landscape? Ornamental grasses provide texture, eye catching variety, and beauty to your landscape all year long. Overall, ornamental grasses are quite easy to grow and maintain, and there are several varieties that do very well in Northern Michigan. A huge added bonus for our climate is that they add a great deal of winter interest, as they do not have to be cut to the ground at fall time. Because of their hardiness in the fall and winter, they have become increasingly popular!
An Overview of Ornamental Grasses
Grasses, sedges, rushes, and bamboos are diverse species of plants becoming increasingly popular in the landscape. They are attractive, adaptable plants ranging in size from a few inches to over twelve feet. This group is equally diverse in habitat, varying from low ground cover selections to upright masses with long arching foliage. Some are clump forming and others are colonizing spreaders. They can be used as accents with multi-seasonal appeal, as supportive companion plants in mixed borders, or in naturalizing expansive areas. Their dense crowns and fibrous roots function in soil stabilization, erosion control, and filtering sediments from stormwater. This group of plants is versatile, attractive in multiple seasons, and is a beneficial contributor to environmental quality.
Caring for your Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are one of the easiest perennials to care for. The most important think about is dividing grasses when they get too large and knowing when to trim them back. Warm season grasses need to be cut back in fall or mid to late spring. Cool season grasses should be cut back in very early spring. An expert would be able to help you determine what type you have and when/how to cutback or split them!
Check out some photos of grasses we recommend for Northern Michigan!