Return to the Southern Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Pampas Grass

Posted by mkvazquez 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 10, 07 at 10:54

Does this make a decent foundation plant. In georgia ? I want something taller or " full to hide utility meters or " detract from them " and was wondering if this works for foundation. ALso how much does it push up at the ground. I have concrete curbing as well .

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Pampas Grass

The blades of pampas grass are extremely sharp. You certainly don't want to plant it where the meter readers would have to brush up against it to read the meter. It can also get quite large.

There are other ornamental grasses that would be a better fit. Or what about a shrub?

RE: Pampas Grass

I wholeheartedly agree with esh ga. In addition to his/her remarks, Pampas grass gets so huge I can't imagine a house that would want it in a foundation planting.

Miscanthus grasses would probably fill the bill for your purposes, but there are lots of good evergreen shrubs that would work too: Cleyera, Sweet Olive, and Arborvitaes come to mind, but there are loads more.

RE: Pampas Grass

I have a pampas grass plant and to be honest, I hate it. We used to have two (were here when we moved in) and I had my brother-in-law dig up one. Once cooler temperatures arrive, we will be digging up the other one.

As has been stated, it is razor sharp and gets huge. I trimmed ours back to around 3 or 4 feet this year, and it is already over 7 or 8 feet high. And that's with it being in only partial sun. Were it in full sun, I imagine it would grow even more vigorously.

While I don't have any suggestions, I will say that if you decide you would still like to use pampas grass, you're more than welcome to mine. I'm located in Chattanooga.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Southern Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here