Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ornamental Grasses

Blue Fescue: Festuca glauca

Blue Fescue adds a tuffs of silvery-blue color to hot, dry, poor soils where little else will thrive. The blue fescue mounds upright and dense, but its soft texture makes it perfect for edging walkways or other trafficked areas.

This maintenance-free perennial (zone 4-8) forms an attractive, rounded 12-inch clump, with a cool foliage hue that contrasts with the greens of the landscape, and combines well with other ornamental grasses.

Once established it will flourish despite drought, heat, and poor soil. As an added bonus it is pest- and disease-resistant. Yeah!

Why Grow Ornamental Grasses
  • Grasses are adaptable and can grow in poorer soils better than many other garden plants.
  • Grasses require little effort to maintain.
  • Grasses come in many heights, colors, textures and have varying water requirements.
  • Grass seed heads and foliage add fall and winter interest.
  • Dried grasses have many decorative uses indoors and out.
  • Grasses can be used as groundcovers, specimen plants, for erosion control, and as vertical design elements.
Blue Fescue Seeds are available at Park Seed Company

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