Are ornamental grasses hardy?
Ornamental grasses are among those ornamental plants that were bred and cultivated by humans for the primary purpose of enjoying them. For example, there are pleasantly scented perennials or pretty blooming cut flowers. Filigree, upright or small, compact grasses with tufts or interesting colors are primarily cultivated for the joy of people. Some grasses impress with their striking color, others convince with their size and still others enchant with their soft, feathery inflorescences.
Ornamental grasses come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors!
The Chinese reed ‘Zebrinus’ can grow up to 3.50 meters, while the lamp-cleaning grasses ‘Little Bunny’ and ‘Rubrum’ are much more compact and instead come up with filigree inflorescences.
Ornamental grasses for the garden and balcony
Accordingly, some ornamental grasses such as the Chinese reed ‘Zebrinus ‘are more suitable for the garden, while others cut a good figure in the balcony box or tub. The lamp cleaner grass’ Little Bunny ‘is only 30 cm high, which is why it is also ideal for balcony boxes or planting in pots.
Be careful when choosing: from 30cm small to 3.50 meters tall! Before buying the ornamental grass, you should therefore find out about the height of the ornamental grass in order to choose the right location.
Plant ornamental grasses – for shade and sun
Another factor that plays a role when planting ornamental grasses is sun tolerance. Because while some grasses, such as feather bristle grass, are little sun lovers, the grove feels downright uncomfortable in the blazing sun.
Ornamental grasses for the sun: Alang Alang grass, blue fescue, Chinese reeds, feather bristle grass, rushes, pampas grass
Ornamental grasses for the shade: Chinese reeds, groves, palm frond sedge, snake beard