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Morning Light and Graziella question

Posted by grassboro (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 11, 10 at 16:58

I looking for a few large ornamental grasses anchor one side of a bed I am planting next spring in z7 NC. Through my research on this forum and other sites I think I have decided on a triangle of two Morning Lights and one Graziella off set behind those two. I have two questions. One is what, are your thoughts on this. Secondly, it seems most all of the pictures I see of Morning Light are during the summer. It is hard to find a picture of this grass in bloom and in late fall. Any comments on the blooms, plumes, etc.

I would be nice to find a web site that shows about three to four pictures of a plant progressing from summer to winter.


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RE: Morning Light and Graziella question

  • Posted by donn_ 7b, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 11, 10 at 17:28

Here's what Mobot has to say about 'Morning Light' blooms:

"Tiny reddish-copper flowers appear in long tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in mid to late September, gradually turning into silvery white plumes as the seeds mature. Blooms later than most Miscanthus cultivars. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest."

Google Images has lots of photos of both grasses in bloom.

Consider the timing of the bloom on both. 'Morning Light' blooms a good deal later than 'Graziella'.


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RE: Morning Light and Graziella question

Bluestem Nursery's website has a photo gallery with some great seasonal grass combination pictures you might check. There are some real good ideas to see on it.

I have found these progression type shots on garden blogs, but don't have a site, I just run across them now and then. I usually type in the variety of grass, hit images and go through the Google sites page after page.

That John Greenlee book on grasses also has some good combination shots and is available in the library and also many photos on his website.

Also, try typing in Piet Oudolf for some really fantastic grass-scapes for which he is famous worldwide.


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