G R A S S E S
Grasses, and grass-like plants, are increasingly being used in landscapes all across the nation. Their ease of care and seasonal interest makes them a must-have for every garden. The gossamer look of these plants is unequaled. When used as a single accent, they provide contrast with other plants, when used in masses they approach an almost utopian feel, as if air and grass become one. Bundles of dead, brown grass in the Winter look romantic, new growth in Spring looks clean and fresh.
MONDO GRASS Liriope
Not a grass, but sure looks like one. Used, abused and reused, Mondo grass is a staple of Southern Landscapes, and it's no wonder. It can take sun, shade, heat, cold, dry, wet, yet still look good. It's relatively extensive root system assures weeds don't take hold among the clumps. An added bonus are the small spikes of dark blue blossoms that flower, well, whenever it wants to. While the common dark emard green gives a cooling effect, a varigated white edged form brightens up any dark corner.
CORDGRASS Spartina bakeri
While very attractive when used as a single plant, this Florida native serves as a great large groundcover when used in drifts or masses. Care and pest-free, it also thives in wet or dry soils, and is salt-resistant. Appearing as neat bundles of fine hay, leaving the older brown foilage on the plant only contributes to it's charm and fullness.
RED FOUNTAIN GRASS Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’
PALM GRASS Curculigo capitulata
Not a palm, but a close relative. The bright green pleated leaves of this plant look great in any shady situation. While enjoying moist soils, it is drought tolerant after being established. When planted, these beauties can attain great age: spreading and growing thicker, yet keeping the same dimensions. Even if frozen back, they return with vigor as soon as the weather warms. The small yellow flowers are held slightly above the soil.
PAMPAS GRASS Cortaderia selloana