Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses | The Happy Housie


Victoria Day Weekend.  Also known commonly as “May Long” weekend; the unofficial start to summer.

The roads were packed with people heading out camping or venturing away on weekend holidays.  And the nurseries are full of gardeners excited to spend their weekend in the dirt.

We chose the latter this May long.  There are so many outdoor projects going on around here that it felt great to get a handle on them.  Since we don’t have any major summer holidays planned this year; our goal is to get our yard and deck finished as much as possible so we can actually relax a bit and enjoy our summer at the lake.  Something we haven’t done for several years.

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

To be honest, I’m a little bit obsessed with them.  We are using large grasses 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 researching.

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 lavender or Russian Sage in a seaside garden.  Today I’ve collected some stunning ideas for ways to incorporate ornamental grasses into your garden design…

{PS – I had difficulty finding the correct source for several of the images that I found on Pinterest.  If you know a source I have missed, please kindly let me know.  Thanks!)

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

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

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

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

Smaller Ornamental grass contrast beautifully in this fun landscaped sidewalk garden bed   Via 

You can even put large grasses in pots as a patio screen Via 

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

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

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

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

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

Feather Reed grass works beautifully in this Mediterranean style garden Via Gardenista

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

Beautiful ornamental grasses mixed in a garden bed and in bloom Via

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

Such a breezy and relaxed look, Mexican feather grass looks amazing mass planted  Via 

I’ll be back this week to share some of the spots that we incorporated ornamental grasses into our garden this past weekend.

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