Plant Inventory: Ornamental Grasses
FIRST THINGS FIRST - DO PLEASE READ: As with our Perennials inventory, our Grasses inventory is not a list of grasses we have for sale but is aimed at showing you the wide range of grasses we grow in the garden here at Marchants. The Grasses we propose to have for sale this year can be found in the Grasses section of our current PDF format catalogue.
A Perspective on Grasses
The grasses revolution of the last 20 years has seen the introduction of many new varieties but has also importantly prompted a reconsideration of their uses with the result that grasses are now being employed in a much more creative way by gardeners and garden designers alike. They have become an essential part of the gardening vernacular and regardless of their fashion status and prominence in garden magazines features (and despite one prominent garden writer commenting to me five years ago that grasses had probably had their day) in all probability they are here to stay.
In the wild they are pioneer plants, surviving in open spaces where, wind pollinated, they grow in lean soils with little competition from other plants. Their requirements in the garden are also easily met but the light provided by sunshine, particularly when low cast, is one of the most important ingredients of all. The striking of light and its refraction through the seemingly delicate flower heads and seed heads of many grasses creates an effect that few other plants can match.
Grasses are very much part of our own vocabulary at Marchants, making an important connection between the garden and the landscape beyond. They are seen at their best between July and October so why not pay us a visit to see how we use them and to discover the remarkable beauty they can bring to a garden.
Images at the top of the page are ©Gardens Illustrated / Sharon Pearson