Landscape Design: Using Ornamental Grasses


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    Landscape Design: Using Ornamental Grasses

    Getting to know some simple landscape design ideas for using ornamental grasses can help you determine where to incorporate different types of grass into your landscape. At Jovak Landscape & Design, we understand how impactful ornamental grasses can be when used properly. That is why we offer landscape design services for creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces.

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    How to Use Ornamental Grasses in Your Landscape

    Some of the different ways you can use ornamental grasses in your landscape include:

    1. Add Privacy

    Large groupings of tall ornamental grasses can provide the perfect solution for adding privacy to your garden space or for hiding unpleasant views. Consider choosing from a range of tall species, such as big bluestem, moor grass, and ravenna grass.

    2. Create Colourful Containers

    Ornamental grasses are perfect for container gardens due to their wide variety of colours, shapes, and sizes. Consider creating a dramatic effect with grasses by contrasting colours and textures.

    3. Add Texture to Borders and Flower Beds

    If you are looking for an easy way to add texture to borders and flower beds, ornamental grasses are the perfect solution. You can even maximize the effect by planting several different types of ornamental grasses in the same landscape.

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    4. Soften Hardscapes

    Ornamental grasses can be used to soften the features of common hardscapes, such as walls and pavers, keeping them from feeling cold and uninviting. Ornamental grasses are especially ideal for planting next to swimming pools and, since they do not bloom, they do not attract bees.

    5. Plant a Knot Garden

    Consider planting herbs and tiny hedges like boxwood to create a geometric knot garden. In most cases, tight mounding grasses tend to work the best in knot gardens, and you should try to avoid grasses that are too loose and open to prevent the garden from looking messy.

    6. Create End-of-Season Interest

    The end of the season, when most annuals and perennials look worn down, is the time when ornamental grasses really shine. Many types of ornamental grasses offer both beautiful seed heads and great fall colours.

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    7. Complement Sculptures

    Ornamental grasses can often provide the perfect complement to sculptures. Consider playing with different grass and art combinations until you find what best suits your garden space.

    If you would like to learn more about using ornamental grasses in landscape design, or if you are interested in our landscape design services, please contact Jovak Landscape & Design at 604-866-7186 or by filling out a contact form on our website. You can also stay up to date with the latest landscape design news by following us on Facebook.