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Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

Posted by yutopia 6B (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 22, 14 at 11:52

Anyone have any particular mixes of grasses and perennials that they really love?

I'm planning a new bed and I'd love to know what works together in your experience. I'm in zone 6, Pittsburgh, PA.

Elisabeth


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RE: Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

My fav is dwarf fountain grass. Perfect size to mix in beds. Stays nice and neat and adds softness to the beds.


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RE: Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

Oops double post

This post was edited by lilsprout on Mon, Jun 30, 14 at 10:14


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RE: Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

  • Posted by catkin UDSA Zone 8 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 30, 14 at 13:37

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' or Carex buchanii 'Red Rooster' next to Sedum 'Autumn Joy' works for me! :~)


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RE: Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

Reminds me...for shade/part sun

Hakonechloa "aureola"....beautiful chartruese color!


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RE: Best grasses to mix with flowering perennials

If a shady to partly shady spot, the aforementioned Hakonechloa "aureola" as well as River Oats are nice. River Oats have a bamboo-like appearance.

In the sun, the fountain grasses mentioned above as well as Pink Muhley, which has some of the most beautiful flowers of any grass and fine blades. Prairie dropseed is another great choice, with fine textured leaves and compact form. For your area, dropseed would be hard to beat.


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  • Posted by Dgregory 6A - So.Central IL (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 20:22

Fast growing dwarf fountain grass Pennisetum a. 'Cassian' is pretty with sedum. I have sedum 'Carl' (left) and sedum 'Xenox' (right) flanking it.

Over winter the center died out of 'Cassian' but it went ahead and filled back in pretty well this summer. Otherwise it would be even fuller.

Two years ago, when I planted it, I posted a pic and someone on this forum said, 'That 'Cassian' will own that corner' and, no kidding, it sure does ;-)


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