UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Ornamental Grasses

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Objective and Design

The Ornamental Grasses garden was planted out in October of 2013. It was the first garden to be officially planted because deer do not normally bother grasses and it was before the deer fence went up. In one year, the grasses were flourishing.

Grasses were desired as one of the planned themed gardens because they are gaining such popularity in home gardens. They tend to be virtually pest-free, are low maintenance plants and include cool season and warm season varieties. Many are drought-tolerant, which is a huge benefit for our area, plus they are beautiful year round. Grasses are so varied in size, texture and appearance that the only problem planting this garden was which grasses to choose. The choices came down to what thrives in El Dorado County and included such things as low-growing Festuca idahoensis 'Siskiyou Blue' (Fescue) to the much larger Stipa gigantea (Giant Feather Grass). Probably the grass planted that to date has done the best is Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond Ambition' PP #22,048 (Blue Grama, Mosquito Grass).

Goals for this garden are teaching the public that grasses can be as beautiful as other perennials, are appropriate plants for our area and how to care for and maintain grasses year round.

Ornamental Grasses Plant Lists

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Here is a complete plant list for our Ornamental Grasses Garden

 

What's New!

The grasses are strutting their stuff and showing off their fall colors. Now is the time to come visit and see these "easy plants" at their finest.

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly) and Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond Ambition' (Blue Grama)
Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly) and Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond Ambition' (Blue Grama)

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond Ambition' (Blue Grama)
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blond Ambition' (Blue Grama)

Imperata cylinarica 'Rubra', Japanese Blood Grass
Imperata cylinarica 'Rubra', Japanese Blood Grass

Chasmanthium latifolium (Sea Oats)
Chasmanthium latifolium (Sea Oats)

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