The Argus-Press

FINUCANE: Ornamental grasses can offer dramatic boost to garden

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Ornamental grasses are a fantastic addition to the landscape, and are real workhorses in a season when most plants are out of prime. One of the most hardy and diverse types for our area is miscanthus, or maiden grass. These stately plants bring much to the landscape; sound and motion, an architectural form, and graceful flowers that catch heavy frost and snow to a beautiful effect.

Plants are truly four-season performers, nearly constant except for about a month in spring, when the old leaves must be cut back so the new season’s growth can come through unimpeded. They spread slowly, forming clumps that grow by a few inches each season — never a nuisance. Miscanthus performs best in full sun and actually has better growth habits in less-fertile soils.

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