Ornamental grasses run the gamut of simple to showy, but any can deliver bold impact to your landscaping. From their decorative properties to more practical uses, these low-maintenance plants will bring you enjoyment for years to come. Try one of these five ways to use grasses in your yard.
Using grasses to line a walkway carves out a pretty path for visitors to step along. They also serve as a soft transition point between the hard edges of stone and adjacent planting beds, preserving a more natural appearance.
Grasses are equally as appealing in containers as they are in your yard. For maximum drama, layer a tall grass with shorter flowers and a leafy ivy or coleus. Three plant species per container is a good rule of (green) thumb, but you can use less for a more formal symmetrical look like the pots shown here.
One of the most beneficial uses of grasses is to prevent soil erosion, especially on hillsides. Ornamental grasses are well-suited for this task thanks to their extensive root systems. Dense mondo grass or blue fescue may be a good option. Native prairie grasses, such as bluestem, will also work well.
Good landscaping means varying the heights of what you plant to maximize visual interest. In a mostly low-growing plant bed, grasses stand out. Here, a spray of fountaingrass plumes provide both height and color contrast to the red flowers in front.
Offer a sanctuary for your feathered friends by planting grasses near your birdfeeder or birdbath. Do your research; grasses native to your region will have the best chance of attracting local wildlife. Providing a safe place to rest, eat, and even nest away from predators will encourage birds to stick around.