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Ornamental grasses

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Tam22-Apr-00 08:40 PM EST   
Teresa22-Apr-00 11:06 PM EST   
Carolyn23-Apr-00 08:43 AM EST   
Jerry24-Apr-00 06:32 PM EST   
Sharon04-Dec-00 09:19 AM EST   
Rabbit Run Nsy04-Dec-00 01:09 PM EST   
Brian @ Prairie & Parkalnd Plants04-Dec-00 05:46 PM EST   
Laura09-Dec-00 07:14 PM EST   
Marie10-Dec-00 12:20 AM EST   
Beth20-Jan-01 05:28 PM EST   
ingrid21-Jan-01 02:21 PM EST   

Subject: Ornamental grasses
From: Tam
Date: 22-Apr-00 08:40 PM EST

I am thinking about adding some ornamental grasses to my borders this year. I heard that some can be quite invasive but I cant remember their names. Are there any I should really avoid? Thanks

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Teresa
Date: 22-Apr-00 11:06 PM EST

I have just begun to experiment with grasses. So far I have fountain grass and blue fescue, both are well behaved and really beautiful. They have also been very easy to divide after only one season. The one which seems to be a little aggressive is ribbon grass, donated by a neighbour - now I know why. I still love it, but you do need to keep it in check.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Carolyn
Date: 23-Apr-00 08:43 AM EST

I have the same problem with ribbon grass--and I thought I had contained it well enough!

I think it's many varieties of Miscanthus that you have to be careful of. I've read in various garden books, that it's a good idea to plant it in a large container to keep it from spreading. If you want a more naturalized look; you can sink the container in the ground.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Jerry
Date: 24-Apr-00 06:32 PM EST

Can't think of the name, but just purchase the "clumping" varieties. There are some nice tall ones that are not evasive and provide year round enjoyment - winter has the long wheat like plumes that remaine until an ice storm! Describing them to the nursery as "clumping" will help a lot.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Sharon
Date: 04-Dec-00 09:19 AM EST

I'm sure this is a bizarre time of year to be opening up this topic...Is it possible to grow ornamental grasses in containers on a balcony which faces west and experiences a fair amount of wind? If so, what size should the containers be and of what material; can the pots winter outside and be brought back to life the following year or should they be treated like annuals? Or am I way off...

Subject: succulents
From: Rabbit Run Nsy
Date: 04-Dec-00 01:09 PM EST

I am looking for the name of a succulent. Round thick leaves, lemon scented. I have tried "cuban oregano" as that is what I was told it was called. Any clues?

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Brian @ Prairie & Parkalnd Plants
Date: 04-Dec-00 05:46 PM EST

I have plants & seed of Western Porcupine Grass. It has a clump of Basal Leaves that would spread about 8" & 8" high. It sends up some 3-4 flower stms about 3ft high. A seed develops on the stem. The seed are about 3/4" long & are like a slender rice kernel with a husk & sharp point. Attached to the seed is an awn that is about 4" long. It is non-invasive. If interested in this send me an E-mail.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Laura
Date: 09-Dec-00 07:14 PM EST

I have lime grass and it is moderately invasive. It has inch wide, blue/grey leaves that form a large clumb about 3 ft tall. It reminds me of very thick leaved oats. It has no seedheads but the colour makes a nice contrast to dark green foliage.

I find that if I pull out the rhizomes that I don't want in the spring,(it's growing in sandy soil;so, this is easy) it stays in a neat clump.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Marie
Date: 10-Dec-00 12:20 AM EST

I planted a clump of ribbon grass in a front flower bed and so far I've kept it from spreading too much. However, I left the seed heads on this fall because they looked so nice swaying in the wind. Now I'm wondering if I'll have ribbon grass growing all over the lawn. Will it seed itself? I garden in Manitoba zone 2. In response to Sharon, the new Dominion Seed catalogue has a whole page of ornamental grasses, some of which they recommend growing in pots. They are annual grasses.

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: Beth
Date: 20-Jan-01 05:28 PM EST

Can anyone recommend large grasses, perhaps the larger miscanthus, that are hardy in Zones 3 & 4?

Subject: RE: Ornamental grasses
From: ingrid
Date: 21-Jan-01 02:21 PM EST

I'm in Zone 3 (Edmonton, Alberta) and grow several 'clump' grasses. Thw 200l pereenial plant of the year is karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass (90 cm tall, sunny spot) and Blue oat grass (helictotrichon sempervirens) gets to be 60 cm high in a sunny spot. This is the first winter for my miscanthus sinensis 'zebrinus' (green blades with stripes of yellow across) so I can't vouch for it's hardiness. I reccommend Bluestem nursery, Christina Lake, B.C. They have a great catalogue of ornamental grasses and ship 'cold climate field grown plants'. Oh, I forgot to say the 'zebrinus' I mentioned should get l - 2 m tall in a sunny spot (with some protection in my area).

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