I'm not sure what I like most about ornamental grasses -- there are so many great attributes from which to choose! Let me say this much right away, though: what might surprise the novice most is the variety offered by this group of plants. If you've approached this topic hitherto with the attitude, "Grass is grass," you need an attitude adjustment!
- Different heights
- Different foliage colors
- Different flower heads
- Different seed heads
But I'm not restricting my observations to appearance. Ornamental grasses boast other qualities I value, too. Some of these qualities come under the heading "low-maintenance." Ornamental grasses, generally speaking, do not require a lot of care. But there are also specific attributes about particular types of ornamental grasses that lend even more credence to the low-maintenance claim. For example, some are drought-tolerant, reducing the amount of time you have to fuss over watering in your landscape.
But the specific low-maintenance attribute I wish to focus on today is deer-resistance. Many ornamental grasses share this trait, including golden Hakone grass (picture). Rather than leaving you with that general statement, though, I provide some examples in my article on deer-resistant ornamental grasses. You'll want to check out these plants if you live in deer country, because they are renowned for keeping Bambi and his minions at bay.
Read article: Ornamental Grasses Deer Do Not Eat
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