"I like to describe ornamental grasses
as a four-season plant," said Greg Stack. "It comes up in the
spring, the foliage matures during the summer, in the fall you have
color, and in the winter you have spectacular seed heads."
Information about ornamental grasses
can be found on in the
section on Extension's Urban
Program Resources Network website. "Ornamental Grasses" includes
information on understanding the plants, the various types, how and
where to plant them, and how to maintain the plants.
"With ornamental grasses, there is such
a wide range of choices that the homeowner can get whatever they
want," said Stack. "It is a perennial that tends to be long-term,
given the right site and proper care.
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"Whether you want an ornamental grass
that is big and bold or something more subtle in appearance, it's
And, Stack noted, with ornamental
grasses, the color is not always green.
"There are varieties that are blue, red
and variegated," he said.
"Ornamental Grasses" site includes information on 15 different
varieties of the plant.
grasses have become a popular new alternative for landscaping," he
said. "The site helps the home gardener-landscaper understand how
these varieties grow and what kinds are best for a particular
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