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Ornamental grasses are very well suited to Mediterranean gardens. This diverse group of plants always maintain their form and rarely require any maintenance.
Very typically, these grasses will display dry, rustic, colours such as yellows and oranges. This creates an effect in keeping with the Mediterranean garden aesthetic. Furthermore, many varieties display tones of blue and grey which are also typical for such a theme.
The gentle swaying of grasses on the breeze provides the perfect relaxing atmosphere on a sunny day. Below I have listed 10 amazing grasses, perfect for Mediterranean gardens.
1. Sedge grass
Sedge grass or carex describes a wide group of grasses but normally comes in a small, clump forming variety. This grass typically comes with variegated foliage with tones of yellow and green. These small grasses are very attractive standing out as a brightly coloured ground cover.
Miscanthus has become one of the most favourite and dramatic ornamental garden grasses. These perennial grasses put on new growth every year providing great, seasonal interest. Miscanthus has large and feathery flower heads giving them a rustic look, perfect for Mediterranean gardens.
3. Pampas grass
Pampas grass is so large it is hard to believe it is actually a grass. This grass is loved for its architectural form and seasonal flowering heads. Its fine foliage and form means it fits in well to Mediterranean style gardens.
Deshampsia is very well known for its compact foliage and tall flowering heads. The flowering stalks erupt in sprays of light, yellow seed heads which sway in the breeze. This hardy grass is perfect for Mediterranean borders or dry gravel beds.
5. Festuca ‘Glauca blue’
Festuca ‘Glauca blue’ is an extremely popular and unusual looking garden grass. It forms circular clumps of blue grey foliage and has fine needle like leaves. Both its colour and texture gives it a Mediterranean, rustic look. This grass can be mass planted to create a groundcover carpet of blue.
6. Panicum virgatum
Panicum virgatum is a medium sized grass originating from the prairies of North America. It has erect and busy foliage which has tones of oranges and brown. During the autumn this grass has spectacular colour tones providing the border with a warming feel.
7. Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea is a very impressive grass with a very tall and decorative flower stalks. Commonly known as giant feather grass, it originates from the Eastern Mediterranean. This grass provides plenty of decoration and colour with its golden, oat like flowers.
8. Chinese fountain grass
Chinese fountain grass or 'Pennisetum alopecuroides' is a low growing grass with arching foliage. This grass is well known for its exaggeratingly large flowers and seed heads. Pennisetum is hardy but naturally likes Mediterranean conditions including full sun and drained soil.
9. Blood grass
Although not typically associated with Mediterranean gardens blood grass can be perfect for such garden themes. This striking grass really stands out as a novelty in any border where it is planted. This hardy grass can really provide a tropical feel and looks amazing planted into gravel beds.
10. Arundo donax
Arundo donax is a very large, bamboo like, grass native to the Mediterranean. Technically this grass is a type of reed which explains its common name, 'Spanish reed'. This plant can really add a Mediterranean feel to the garden, especially the variegated variety. However it can be invasive so make sure roots are restricted.
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