Grass Gardens

There is more to grass than lawn. And a wind of change is blowing through Australian gardens as designers and residential gardeners alike begin to embrace ornamental grasses.

Grass gardens are from a new phenomenon. They first appeared in America in the late 1800's. But in recent years Australian growers have begun to experiment with creative breeding in both native and exotic ornamental grasses. This process has helped to develop even more varieties with stronger features to survive our varying climate.

Ornamental grasses are equally at home in both formal and natural styled gardens they require little or no maintenance and are hence popular with time-poor gardeners.

For the best results they should be planted in mass planting arrangements (i.e. with like plants grouped together), with particular attention paid to contrasting colour and texture.

Brendan used these grasses to create a grass garden:

  • Pennisetum alopecuroides (Kang-net dwarf): a spectacular clumping perennial native grass with narrow leaves and feathery plumes. It tolerates a wide range of soils and climatic conditions, including frost and drought. Ultimate height = 0.5 metres.
  • Liriope Gigantea (Evergreen Giant): A slow clumping plant with dark glossy leaves and mauve flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade. Ultimate height = 1.0 metres.
  • Liriope Muscari Variegata: An evergreen perennial with variegated strap leaves and lavender blue bell-shaped flowers. Grows in full sun and part shade and is also frost and dry weather tolerant. Ultimate height = 30cm.
  • Mingo (Kangaroo Grass): A low growing native grass with blue strap-like foliage. Requires no maintenance and is drought and frost tolerant. Ultimate height = 15cm, width = 70cm.
  • Ophiopogon Japonicus Nanus (dwarf mondo grass): a low growing spreading, evergreen perennial with short dark leaves. Grows in well drained soil in part shade to full sun. Ultimate height = 15cm.

For further information:

Todd Layt
Abulk Wholesale Nursery
2300 Silverdale Rd
Silverdale NSW
Ph: (02) 4774 2811
Fax: (02) 4774 2911

Peter Nixon
25 Reginald St
Mosman NSW 2088
Ph: (02) 9953 1010
Fax: (02) 9953 1976
Mobile: 0418 161 513

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