Monday, September 7, 2009

Ornamental Grasses

Sometimes too much emphasis is placed on foliage and flower colour whilst choosing plants. Often it is their texture which is their best attribute. Here are some grasses with a 'soft and fuzzy' appearance.


Purple Fountain Grass
Pennisetum
This is available as an Australian variety (alopecuroides) and exotic (advena rubrum, setaceum rubrum ). Exotic varieties of this plant can become invasive in bushland areas. Listed as a weed in some states


Lomandra
longiflolia 'Tanika'
This Australian native grows to 600mm high in the sun or part shade

Lomandra
'Seascape'
Great for mass plantings where a blue/grey foliage is required


Poa
poiformis 'Courtney'
Native 500mm tall ornamental grass

Festuca
glauca
European blue/grey 300mm cushion forming grass

Carex
'Frosted Curls'
This 400-500mm weeping grass originated in New Zealand.

Carex
testacea
An orange/brown variety