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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ornamental Grass: The Garden Seductress

Today I was out picking up a couple of annuals for a container planting and I was seduced by a some ornamental grass. Has this ever happened to you?

When I walk past ornamental grass I cannot not touch it. I stood there fondling a pot of Toffee Twist Sedge to the point that it got sorta creepy. "I can't stop touching it" I was thinking.

I finally walked to the cashier with my plant but I couldn't stop thinking about that sedge - I had to go back and get it. I also bought a few small fiber optic grasses because I thought they looked fabulous with the Toffee Twist Sedge.

No other plant seduces me like the ornamental grasses do. There is something about the way they feel in my hand, like the long hair of a beautiful doll that you can't walk by without touching. And there is something about the way they move with the wind, like the seemingly effortless moves of a beautiful ballerina. And there is something about the way every blade of grass is perfectly juxtaposed to every other blade of grass, like a great hair cut.

When I planted the bronze sedge with the fiber optic grass, I added 2 pretty yellow/orange Dahlia's and they actually detracted from the beauty of the arrangement. They seem to dilute that softness that is so attractive with the grasses.

I think I'd love to have a sitting area where I am surrounded by all kinds of ornamental grasses. They would be so close to me that, no matter where I sit, I could always reach out and touch at least one of them. And every time the wind blows, I could hear that soft rustling of grass in my ear.

Do you have a plant that seduces you? I'm not talking about a plant that you like or just think is pretty. I'm talking about a plant that, when you walk by it you feel that chemical attraction that feels different from any other plant.


  1. Heather's GardenMay 14, 2008 at 7:15 AM

    Oh yes, herbs. All kinds, all types, I just gotta have herbs. I keep the herb barrel within reach of a seating area and I'm not the only one who will reach out and brush the herbs. I also put a large lemon grass in the barrel and love to stare at it in particular, so I know exactly what you mean.

  2. OMG so pretty!! Nick is obsessed with grasses too. I like them a lot, but I can't say I have a chemical attraction to them...

  3. Grasses are great, but after moving a lot of them around at my old job I just have to warn you to watch out or you can get some nasty cuts if you stroke them the wrong way!

    Is it just me or does that sound wrong?????

  4. Rosemary, lavender, and mint are impossible for me to pass by without touching them.