Reed grass

Feather Reed Grass ‘Karl Foerester’ (Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster).

Garden designers often refer to movement as an element to consider when planning your garden. Plants are stationary. So how do you get movement? An easy answer is ornamental grasses. Picture a fall breeze rustling across a group of ornamental grasses causing them to wave gracefully, suggesting flowing water. The result can be very beautiful.

If you have a steep bank, grasses are a great solution to end dangerous mowing situations while, at the same time, preventing erosion. Grasses, especially native grasses such as Switchgrass, Prairie Drop Seed, Little Blue Stem and Indian Grass, have deep, fibrous roots (as deep as five feet) to hold the soil in place. They will come up by themselves every year and unlike turf grass, you don’t have to mow them every week.

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