Grasses – garden tendencies

For a long time, grasses were despised because they looked like hard to weed quack grass. But in recent years, poaceae (grasses), fescues (Festuca), sedges (Carex), rushes (Juncus), alfalfa (Luzula) and other similar plants have become highly sought after horticultural stars. Today, we plant these daughters of wind and light because we love their different aesthetic qualities: their floral spikes, the graceful line of their foliage and their elegant habit. They have few rivals to create spectacular masses or to bring grace and lightness to a flowerbed or flowerpot. Only one of these plants can completely transform the look of a flowerbed or a flowerpot.

Here are some unavoidable varieties:

Leatherleaf SedgeCarex buchanii

  • Type: perennial grass
  • Height: 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 cm)
  • Width: 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm)
  • Flowering: none
  • Hardiness zone: 4

Its leaves are thin and narrow, orange-brown in color. This grass tolerates all types of soils, if they are well drained.

‘Red Rooster’ Leatherleaf SedgeCarex buchanii ‘Red Rooster’

  • Type: perennial grass
  • Height: 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 cm)
  • Width: 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm)
  • Flowering: none
  • Zone: 4

The foliage of this semi-erect plant is copper brown. It is grown in the sun in moist but well-drained soil. It tolerates half-shade.

‘Lemon Swirl’ Common RushJuncus effusus ‘Lemon Swirl’

  • Type: perennial grass
  • Height: 12 to 15 inches (30 to 37 cm)
  • Width: 8 to 12 inches (17 to 30 cm)
  • Flowering: none
  • Hardiness zone: 5

This rush’s dark green spiral stems are variegated with yellow. It forms a compact mass in moist soil, in the sun or partial shade.

Milium effusum ‘Aureum’
Golden Wild Millet

  • Type: perennial grass
  • Height: 18 “(45 cm)
  • Width: 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm)
  • Flowering: spring
  • Hardiness zone: 4

Its linear leaves are golden yellow. This variety is perfect for your flowerbeds or patio pots. It will greatly enjoy half-shade.