Ornamental Grass Basics

Ornamental grasses bring an elegant touch to autumn gardens and home decor. Discover the benefits of these fall favourites — and get easy-care tips.

Ornamental grass arrangement

Easy to Plant

Once planted, grasses make few demands on their owners. These low-maintenance beauties can be planted almost anytime during the growing season and usually prefer full sun or partial shade. Consider grouping several clusters together against a dark background for contrast.

Simple to Maintain

In the spring, remove last year’s foliage before new growth starts. In spring and late summer, grasses benefit from a slow-release fertilizer. Some species can be invasive, depending on your climate.

Colourful in Winter

Grasses come in a surprising array of colours, from purples and golds to brilliant variegated stripes. As the weather chills, they often fade to attractive amber and warm brown tones that look beautiful even in the snow.


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