Ornamental Grasses

There are many ornamental grasses available in the market place, but I would recommend only a handful of the perennial species. Why -- (1) some are invasive and/or spread (by rhizome or seed) and (2) the maintenance is high for many, with owners often not up to the task. A single clump of the ubiquitous Miscanthus sinensis (Chinese Silver Grass) can produce over 500,000 seeds! The grass in the above photo is a prime example of the problems associated with most ornamental grasses. Plume Grass (Erianthus ravennae), is commonly (and mistakenly) called Pampas Grass--true Pampas Grass is NOT hardy in the Midwest. Plume Grass may get to 10+ feet when in flower. But, like so many clumping gra

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.