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Recommendations for Varieties

Posted by MFIX BUF, NY z6 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 9, 13 at 10:19

Hey all,

I am planning a border planting around the curved portion of our patio, and I would like to create a multiple species planting of different heights and styles of grasses. Ends would be small, moving up in size to the middle portion, where the tallest would be. I was thinking starting with Elijah Blue Fescue on the edge, maybe moving to a dwarf fountain grass, then to a Feather Reed grass or miscanthus. The plants would need to be planted adjacently, so as to not shade out shorter varieties, and I think this would help create more movement and interest. The area is on the border of part sun-to full sun. It receives ample morning sun, with a bit of shade from about 12-2:30ish, then back to sun for the remainder of the day. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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RE: Recommendations for Varieties

sounds like a good plan. You might choose multiples of the smaller grasses moving up to a single larger grass - might make it more interesting.

RE: Recommendations for Varieties

  • Posted by MFIX none (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 12, 13 at 11:03

I didn't think of that. That would be a great idea. Maybe one really big bluestem or something like that. I'll have to explore. My only problem is that I cant find anything like this in picture form online. Most pictures focus on grasses integrated into a mixed perennial planting. Along a curve to our front door we have the blue fescue, dwarf bunny grass and dianthus as a border. I wanted to tie this into that style, but with only grasses. I'll have to continue looking.

RE: Recommendations for Varieties

There are a lot of good "grass-scape" photos at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bluestem Grass-Scapes

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