Ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses are versatile, hardy and spectacular, bringing movement, texture and drama to gardens of all styles, nearly all year round. They can be woven through borders, used as a focal point, scattered through gravel gardens and planted in containers. Easy to grow, low maintenance and available in many beautiful shapes, sizes and styles, they are ideal for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.


Oramental grasses have long, narrow, strappy leaves, often forming dense clumps. The feathery flower heads appear in summer and autumn. The stems, foliage and seedheads often last well, providing structure well into winter.


Most grasses like a sunny, open spot in a fertile, moist but well drained soil. They grow well in large containers.


In shade, most grasses fail to flower and eventually weaken. They will not tolerate waterlogged or excessively dry soils 

Did you know?

Over the past decade, ornamental grasses have seen a dramatic rise in popularity, mainly due to the development of prairie-style planting, pioneered by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.

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