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Ornamental grasses?

Posted by watergal z6/7 Westminster, MD (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 9, 07 at 23:44

Does anyone use ornamental grass in their tropicalesque gardens? I really prefer a jungle look, and I can't decide if they grass shatters that image or not. Somehow it seems to say "prairie" and not "jungle" to me.

I have a nice Miscanthus 'Morning Light' that needs to move and I'm trying to decide where to put it.

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RE: Ornamental grasses?

I used to think the same thing about grasses. I just spent two weeks in Costa Rica though and saw some excellent examples of giant ornamental grasses. It looked pretty tropical to me. :)

RE: Ornamental grasses?

There is a giant grass, miscanthus giganteus that can grow 7 to 9 feet high and is hardy to zone 4. It sort of gives that 'bamboo' feel.

Else maybe a red grass like Japanese blood grass, imperata cylindrica 'red barron'?

I suppose any grass can look sort of tropical, depending on what it's combined with.


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