Ornamental grasses stand out in the late summer landscape

As we transition into fall, much of our surrounding landscape is changing.  One plant that continues to stand out, though, is ornamental grass.  Ornamental grasses are often found in sunny areas and are used for their graceful movement and textured foliage.  This is the perfect time of year to appreciate them, and the various blooms they produce.

Ornamental grasses bloom in a variety of shapes and textures.  Cassian is a type of fountain grass that has a small fox tail-looking flower.  In fact, all fountain grasses have a similar flower.  One popular grass is Adagio, which is a type of miscanthus, and has a small, wispy, tassel-like bloom.  Switch grasses like Shenandoah have an open seed cluster flower.  One of the most popular of all ornamental grasses is the Pampas grass.  It's easily recognized by its large feather duster flower.

With such a large variety of grasses, there are plenty of options to find the one you like best for your landscape.  Make sure they are planted in a sunny area with loose, well drained soil.  It will likely go dormant in the winter time, as most grasses do, so feel free to trim off the old brown foliage to ready the plant for new spring growth.  In the meantime, enjoy the many blooms of ornamental grass in the area.

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