The Tenth Day of Christmas—Leaping Plants

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords a leaping.  Leaping plants remind me of tall grasses, especially those that shoot up between spring and summer.  Grasses are so versatile.  They provide contrast in both color and form in a garden.  They provide movement when a breeze passes through.  They have the most awesome names!  (Calamagrostis? Helictotrichon?  Schizachyrium???   … Continue reading The Tenth Day of Christmas—Leaping Plants

Feather Reed Grass

This tongue twister Calamagrostis x acutiflora is best referred to as Feather Reed Grass.  On a recent trip to Utah I saw it planted in many landscape designs, in front of homes, schools and businesses.  It’s striking.  The shape is defined, a rectangle.  The colors are divided, tan on top, green below.  Movement is part of the package with ornamental grasses.  Swaying, dipping, billowing, rocking … Continue reading Feather Reed Grass