Read any garden magazine or other relevant media and you will be inundated with blooms in hues covering the colour spectrum left to right. I reckon it’s fantastic what nature can achieve (perhaps some times with a “little” help from humans). Having said that I realise that bold colour is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s perhaps not always befitting either such as in, for example, sleek minimalistic gardens. If there was nothing going on but green, I’m sure in some instances there would be no objection. Which if fine with me as I love lush green.
Where I am it’s early autumn. A time when tall (and other) grasses are showing themselves from their best side. As can be seen in these photos. The greenery is quite majestic. Remember, however, that grasses are off to a slow start in the beginning of the growing season. It’s probably a good idea to complement them with other plants. Evergreens are worth considering if you like green all year round.
Do you like what you see in these pics? You may or may not know what plants you are looking at. I will here presume that you would like to find out more. In the foreground is a sea of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra). The tree is an Alemanchier lamarckii, a small multistem deciduous tree. Behind is a wall of willow-leaved sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius). Where I am it’s too cold for them to bloom, so the sunflower never shows. Which is OK as it looks great anyway. Further behind grows ‘Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus‘. Again, where I live it’s too cold for this slender grass so no flower-head will appear. The grass makes up for the lack by being just gloriously, elegantly green. If you happen to live in a milder region, the flowers will be very soft white/purplish which is not too offensive a colour.
These plants are highly trendy as we speak. If a sleek, modern garden is what you are after, they come highly recommended. Always think right plant in the right spot though.