Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Add Japanese forest grass to your garden

Japanese forest grass is pretty, easy to grow and it can brighten up a partially shaded spot in your garden. Since it doesn't get very large, plant it in two's or three's amongst slightly taller wispy perennials like foamflower or heuchera for a gentle look.

Japanese forest grass comes in several colors-red, green, varietgated, or gold. If the plant gets too much shade it turns a really lovely lime green (although it won't get very full). Experiment with it in pots-I think it looks great with some old-timey traditional annuals like petunias, or big fat geraniums and/or dahlias. Grasses are a great filler for an area you don't know what to do with but you know you want something and they'll go with just about anything.

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