Grasses

 The Many Gardening Advantages Of Planting Grasses

When gardeners speak of the advantages of planting grasses, they’re not talking about lawn grass but ornamental grasses. Besides their beauty, ornamental grasses bring other benefits to the garden. Tall species such as Eulalia can be planted at the back of a border, while smaller species such as dwarf mondo grass can help fill out the front. Though lawn grasses are all different shades of green, ornamental grasses come in various colors, including blue and red. This variation allows them to be planted together in exciting ways.Ornamental grasses are natural to take care of once they’re established and, best of all, don't need to be down. Many can tolerate heat and a bit of drought, and few are subject to severe diseases or pests. Because of this, the gardener saves not only water but does not have to bring out the pesticides very often. These grasses help halt soil erosion and are great for banks and slopes. They attract wildlife such as the bobolink, which thrives in tall grass. Some ornamental grass species to consider are:Blue Oat Grass — Helictotrichon
This herb does best in hardiness zones 4 to 8 and grows from 2 to 3 feet tall. It likes well-drained soil and full sun and grows in dense clumps of blue foliage. Plant it in a rock garden or around perennials with green or silvery white foliage for contrast. Another benefit of blue oat grass is that it doesn’t mind growing in poor, dry soil.Japanese Blood Grass — Imperata
This grass grows up from clumps of leaves that are bright red at the top. The color lasts from summer to fall. This grass grows from 12 to 18 inches high in hardiness zones 6 to 9 and likes well-drained soil. It can prosper in full sun to partial shade and is best planted in large masses at the front of a herbaceous border or in small groups.