Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fescues often self-seed

Ornamental fine fescues like ‘Elijah Blue’, are strong bunch grasses, but they often self-seed. Look closely in between the green plant in the center of the photo (Festuca valisacia ‘Glaucantha’ and the blue fescue on the right. Many new plants … Continue reading

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Chartreuse Grasses

Yellow is a cool color in grasses! It brightens up a shady corner and makes a good contrast with the many shades of green in other plants. Spring is often when yellow grasses are showiest, some fade to green as … Continue reading

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Feather reedgrass foliage variation

Feather reedgrass is the most popular landscape grass. It’s so pretty and well behaved, no seeding and stiff and upright. The other members of Calamagrostis are not as well known, shown here are ‘Avalanche’, far right, then ‘Overdam’, and in … Continue reading

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Grasses that flowered in April 2012

What a beautiful early spring we have had this year! March was as warm as a normal May and many plants grew early and leafed out several weeks ahead of schedule. The mild winter meant little snow and many grasses … Continue reading

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A New Look in the Grass Collection

Early this spring, two of the lilac enclosure hedges were removed from the north side of the Arboretum’s Grass Collection. This will allow placement of two new beds for the National Grass Trials program. The Arboretum is one of 12 … Continue reading

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