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Landscaping Using Ornamental and Decorative Grasses

If you want your landscaping to be different from everyone on the block try planting different styles of grasses. The landscaping in the front yard can be the type that forms clumps instead of the grass that must be cut, while in the backyard and garden landscaping you may want to incorporate some taller versions of decorative grass.

Planting tall ornamental grasses in a group or in a row can create a privacy screen from neighbors, air conditioning units, trash cans, or something else you want to hide. You can also buy pampas grass in vase via (also known as 'pampasgras in vaas via' in the Dutch language) online.

Some of the tall grasses include the big blue-stem with beautiful flowers and blue-grey leaves and can range in height from four feet to seven feet tall; pampas grass has tall pink flowers and will range from six to fifteen feet tall and the giant reed grass can range between fourteen and twenty feet tall and has leaves that are three inches across. Ornamental grasses need to be cut back in the spring which means you will lose that privacy screen while it grows back.

These beautiful landscaping plants bring texture to most flower beds. Using two or three varieties of miscanthus or some fountain grass will give this effect to hydrangea and lavender. Mounded grasses will complement the plants that have creative textures and the vertical grasses supplement the plants that are more rounded.

Just remember to plant the native grasses for your area. The low growing and clumping or mounded grasses make excellent ground covers; they smother out weeds while creating the textures for the landscape. Try adding some decorative grasses to your flower garden or front lawn as part of your next landscaping project.

Add Interest To Your Garden With Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is a grass that is used for any garden or landscape. It is also known as the Cortaderia Selloana or the Uruguayan Pampas Grass. It is part of the Poaceae family and of the genus Cortaderia.

The pampas grass can reach a tall height of three meters. They have relatively long and evergreen leaves that can range from one to two meters in length and one centimeter in width. You can also look for 'pampas grass dried' (also known as 'pampasgras gedroogd' in the Dutch language) online.

The good thing about pampas grass is that they can easily adapt to their environments and they are not very choosy of the climate and temperature.

They are also able to proliferate easily. Each pampas grass is capable of bearing over a million seeds during its plant life. However, this characteristic can also make the pampas grass very much disfavored like in areas of Hawaii and California.

These are even banned in New Zealand. There, people are prohibited from selling and planting pampas grass.

Uses of the Pampas Grass

The pampas grass, being of South American origin, was only introduced to North America and Europe. There it became useful as an ornamental grass.

The flowers of the pampas grass are also feathery enough. These can make very beautiful displays and lovely details to a flower arrangement when dried out.

To a certain extent, these grasses can also be used to feed the animals grazed.

Some of the varieties of the pampas grass are the albolineata, a small type that grows up to a maximum of two meters only, and the Sunningdale silver, a favorite among many for its colors.