Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sedges Have Edges

Sedges have Edges
Rushes are Round
Grasses have Joints down to the Ground

There is a poll on the sidebar concerning Grasses and grass-like Plants in the garden. I did not include Sisyrinchium, which is called Blue-Eyed Grass. Sisyrinchium is a native, actually a member of the Iris family.

I did include Liriope and Ophiopogon, used as ground cover or edging and commonly referred to as 'Border grass.' Not grasses, they are members of the Lily family. This pic from last September shows variegated liriope with. I can hardly wait for planting time again.

What grass plans do you have for spring?
What grasses and grass-like plants did I forget to include?


  1. I love the variegated Liriope. I had not seen that variety before. I love the combination of colors you have in that planting area. I do not have any ornamental grasses, unless you include bermuda ;^)

  2. I've never come across aa variegated liriope before until I came over to here to read your latest article. Its incredible looking. I use alot of carex, stipa and calamagrostis.

  3. Meems of Hoe and Shovel uses a lot of variegated liriope. I think she uses 'Variegata.' The one I have may possibly be the smaller 'Silvery Sunproof.' Mine was too new to flower last summer.

  4. I have variegated liriope in my front garden as a border. I also Planted red fountain grass, which is cold hardy and heat torelant. Very good for my zone 10 florida garden:)

  5. It look so much like a mondo grass,
    sorry to side-track, I cannot help not noticing that wonderful looking persian shield..
    It just add colour to the whole collection.

  6. I agree, James, Persian Shield is a wonderful addition. It makes me happy just to look at previous summer's pictures of it. I'm hoping all my Persian Shield returns this year as in previous years, despite more cold nights this January and February than usual.

  7. I just bought a couple of grasses and a cordyline yesterday for container plantings...I cant' access your Duranta post, it's showing up in my bloglist but this is the post that comes up..

  8. Hello,

    I browsed around today and found your blog... Voted and looked around.

    I am great grasslover, I live in Sweden Europe, and I have guite a few grasses now. Since my garden is partly woodland, two of my favourites are Luzula Sylvatica and Luzula Nivea. Among the more delicate species I love the Hakonchloa macra Aureola and Mischanthus Graciella (does not flower here)

    Well enough about me now, so nice to visit you, Have a nice day,


  9. Dear NellJean, I really do think that grasses make a wonderful addition to the garden if for no other reason than to have such a very different form and texture. I often grow them in containers on my terrace.

    I have tried to access your latest posting but to no avail. The page comes up as being unavailable. I very much hope that all is well. I really do not know what is happening with all this technology at the moment. Blotanical - will we ever see it up and running again?!!

  10. Hi, NellJean ~ I just bought bamboo muhly to add to my garden. My husband said, "What weed is that?" Shame on him...:) He will learn to like it. I like grasses, a lot. You have some pretty colors in your garden!

  11. Back again, if you don't the second photo what is the chartreuse plant and the one to the right of it? Thanks! Those are pretty together.

  12. NellJean, are as funny as you are smart. I had good time reading, Patsy Tells All About Grass And Other Notions (including pills:) Also did a little reading about Rabbit Tobacco and saw a picture of it with pretty white flowers.

    I also grew up in a small town and was married with a baby when most of my friends were tending to their grasses that had joints down to the ground.

    Have a lovely weekend.


  13. Thanks, everybody, for your comments.

    Amy, the chartreuse plant is alternanthera 'Chartreuse' -- the smallest of the alternantheras that I've grown but so pretty at a distance. The plant to the left of it is Brazilian ruellia. It has pretty red blooms, just not in this picture. Last year I kept cuttings over the winter but didn't this year because the original plants came back readily. This year I'm worried about whether it will return. I hope Spring comes early so I can stop worrying about all these borderline hardy things that fare better just one zone warmer.

    My plans for next fall are to forget about true tropicals that look swell in a greenhouse and have more dozens of cuttings of 'iffy' plants that might not return otherwise.


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