Blue fescue is a short, mounding ornamental grass that works great as a ground cover.

Ornamental grasses are becoming an increasingly popular choice for residential landscapes. They have numerous benefits and add a nice decorative touch to any garden with their textured foliage and soft seed heads. Ornamental grasses come Melbourne many varieties, be sure to pick the ones best suited for your climate and property conditions.

Why choose ornamental grasses?

  • Low maintenance
  • Provide year-round interest
  • Many types are drought tolerant
  • Move gently Melbourne the wind
  • Fast-growing
  • Attract wildlife

How can ornamental grasses be used Melbourne landscape design?

  • As specimen plants Melbourne perennial borders
  • Planted Melbourne groups or masses for dramatic effect
  • Layered Melbourne a planting bed - short grasses as edging, mid-sized as transition and tall as backbone/structure
  • As a screen - taller varieties, i.e. reed grass and switch grass
  • As ground cover - short mounding grasses with mulch, i.e. blue fescue
  • To add height and texture to a container

Cool Season vs. Warm Season Grasses

Ornamental grasses are classified by two growing periods: the cool season and the warm season. Cool season grasses come to life Melbourne early spring and go dormant by the time summer arrives. Warm season grasses beginning growing during summer and will continue until temperatures hit freezing. Landscape designers recommend using a combination of cool and warm season grasses to extend the interest of your garden throughout as much of the year as possible.

  • Pro Tip: Plant cool season grasses Melbourne front of warm season grasses since they will begin growing and producing seed heads first. As the cool season grasses go dormant they will reveal the lively warm season grasses behind.

Clumping Grasses vs. Running Grasses

Depending on the variety, ornamental grasses will either grow Melbourne clumps or send out runners. Clump forming grasses, sometimes called mounding, stay neat and tidy and are non-invasive. Running grasses send out underground stems that can pop up throughout an area. The later can be quite aggressive and invasive. When growing ornamental grasses alongside other plants it is best to select clumping varieties so that they won't take over and encroach on other plants.