Out to Grass

Over the last few days I have been digging out the contents of one of the Bold Borders, emptying it in preparation for its new guise as a grass border and buying the new contents to fill it, mostly from eBay. Yesterday I laid the pots out in position, and today got everything planted up.

I have to confess to not doing the detailed planning myself, instead adapting a sample border from Roger Grounds’ book ‘Gardening With Ornamental Grasses’ to fit the space. I seem to lack the confidence to build a border from scratch, knowing I have a tendency to just cram in as many as possible of the plants I would like   – this doesn’t bode well for replanning the snowdrop border when the snowdrops have moved house, but I will cross that bridge in due course!

I have allowed for a degree of shade in the grass border, and the chosen grasses graduate in height from the tallest Miscanthus ‘Zebrinus’ in the back right, to the smaller carex at the front and left hand sides. Amongst the evicted contents that fill numerous pots out of view in these photos are a number of allium, and I haven’t yet decided whether to return these to the border to add interest amongst the grasses – any thoughts?

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13 Responses to Out to Grass

  1. Heyjude says:

    I think alliums will look lovely among the grasses.

  2. Donna Donabella says:

    I would wait to see how the grasses grow and fill in and then add back those beautiful alliums.

  3. bcparkison says:

    it will be show worthy.

  4. Anna says:

    Well why not be guided by an expert Cathy 😀 I have drumsticks alliums growing in close vicinity to a grass (name escapes at present) and they make for an attractive combination. If you had any of the bigger flowered ones such as ‘Purple Sensation’, grasses would be excellent at hiding the not so attractive foliage when it goes over and could give you excellent colour contrast as well as drawing in the bees.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s a good point at hiding the foliage, Anna. I have put them back in and I can always hoik them out again if I don’t like the effect…

  5. Cathy says:

    I shall look forward to seeing that bed in the summer Cathy, as you know I love grasses! I agree with Anna, Alliums look lovely among grasses. And if the grasses are the sort that need cutting back late winter, early flowering alliums or other bulbs add spring interest before the grasses start growing new shoots. 😃

    • Cathy says:

      Me too, Cathy – I hope it looks effective there. That’s a good point about the early interest, and Anna ponted out that the grasses could hide the allium’s floppy foliage later on. Definitely a win-win, and I have indeed returned them to the bed

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