Create a Lush, Low-Maintenance Corner of Ornamental Grasses

Just a few plants can turn a drab spot in your yard into an eye-catching statement. The key to creating interest is to vary heights, textures, and colors.

If you have yet to try ornamental grasses in your landscape, or you think one type looks much like any other grass, this garden plan will show you just how majestic and variable they can be. They're also super low-maintenance, so you can plant them and pretty much forget them. The lush fountains of foliage are lovely in spring and summer, but ornamental grasses are nothing short of spectacular in fall, when their feathery flower heads sway in the breeze. The buff-colored plumes endure into winter, too, keeping the garden attractive when all else has gone dormant. For contrast, this design includes a few flowering perennials, which also require very little care and will thrive in a full sun corner.

corner of grasses garden plan
Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Plants for Creating the Corner of Grasses Garden Plan

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. Some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, so before planting, always check which species are considered invasive in your area. For example, Miscanthus can become weedy in some areas, but this is usually less problematic when planting a cultivar, such as 'Graziella,' listed in this plan.

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