Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses

So, as I headed to the nursery to choose the plants that will finish off some new beds in our natural landscape; I was drawn again to the simple relaxed style of lush ornamental grasses. Whether mass planted as a hedge; grouped together with complimentary plants; or used as a large specimen plant in the lawn or garden, grasses are often overlooked as a beautiful landscape plant.

Long and short ornamental grass outside.

To be honest, I’m a little bit obsessed with them. We are using large ornamental grass to create an informal hedge in front of the new fence (which I can’t wait to share with you on Thursday!). And before I went out shopping for the right grasses to create an informal hedge; I spent some time doing my research.

Ornamental grasses come in a wide variety of sizes, varieties, and colours. They mix perfectly with shrubs like hydrangeas in a cottage style garden; or blended with sweet smelling lavender or Russian Sage in a dreamy seaside garden. Today I’ve collected some stunning ideas for ways to incorporate tall or short ornamental grasses into your garden design…

Ornamental grass on the pathway to a house.

I love this bright and airy mix of Morning Light Grass & Blushing Bride Hydrangea on a sweet pea gravel walkway Via Country Living Mag

A large house with lots of windows and light tall ornamental grass on the pathway.

What a gorgeous home and setting! I love this mix of Feather Reed Grass and Russian Sage

A brick path with green and purple grass beside it.

You can use smaller ornamental grass as accents in a rock garden; they provide beautiful contrast to mounded plantings

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Small lush green ornamental grass with white flower bushes behind the grass.

A mass planting of miscanthus and hydrangea makes a beautiful edging bed

A sidewalk ornamental grass display.

Smaller ornamental grass contrast beautifully in this fun exquisite landscaped sidewalk garden bed

Large pots on an outdoor deck with large grass growing in the pots.

You can even put large ornamental grass in pots as a patio screen

A lot of tall very green ornamental grass together growing beside a lawn.

Or use them massed together in a lawn as a striking feature (Miscanthus Grass variety)

A hedge of hydrangea and tall grass.

I love this informal hedge with a mix of tall grasses (miscanthus variety) and Hydrangea (I believe it is Limelight Hydrangea)

Tall grass in front of a hedge of trees.

Tall grasses are also a brilliant transformative way to disguise a bare or sparse cedar hedge

Rock work on the path towards a house with ornamental grass with the rock.

Ditch the regular grass altogether, and create a pretty and unique entry garden full of river rock and ornamental grasses

Large grass used as a hedge beside a house.

Tall Pampas Grasses are easily massed and used as an informal hedge or screen

Purple flowers and grass garden beside a house.

Feather Reed grass works beautifully in this stylish Mediterranean style garden

Blooming large grass with a wooden bench in front of it.

A mix of grasses create an interesting dynamic border to the lawn and a full bloom Pampas Grass definitely creates a dramatic showing in the yard

A countryside house with a small grass garden in front of it.

Beautiful ornamental grasses mixed in a garden bed and in bloom

Path lights and green ornamental grass beside a walkway.

A cute little pathway lined with small river rock, modern lanterns, and landscape grasses

Clumps of green grass together in a garden.

Such a breezy and relaxed look, Mexican feather grass creates a bold backdrop when planted en mass

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