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Smaller ornamental grasses

Posted by meslgh DFW 8a (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 6, 13 at 11:18

I'm preparing a new full sun garden bed with roses and other plants, and I'm contemplating also using ornamental grasses. I'm interested in some of the smaller grasses, less than 3' tall, but I'm not sure which one would be most suitable. I've seen information about Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition', the various small Pennisetums (Little Piglet, Little Bunny, Hameln), and Miscanthus 'Little Kitten'. Can you compare these and tell me which you would recommend? (If there is information about my garden you need to help answer the question, just let me know!)

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RE: Smaller ornamental grasses

Well, i have not much idea about that , but in my opinion Miscanthus and Pennisetums can be a better option.

RE: Smaller ornamental grasses

  • Posted by Dgregory 6A - So.Central IL (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 23, 13 at 16:10

I'm not an expert on ornamental grass, but I'd like to offer some suggestions anyway ;-)

Do a little research on each grass you are considering. Compare how roses will be tended in the same bed to the grass requirements.

Check to see which grasses can handle the amount of water you give your roses...

Some miscanthus may like as much water as roses and some pennisetum may like it dryer...I'm sure it varies between each variety of OG.

Your rose fertilizer regimen is another consideration when choosing an ornamental grass.


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