It’s the season when ornamental grasses are doing their best to be the stars of the landscape. The current trend of naturalistic and meadow-like plantings are perfect for ornamental grasses, but so are hedges.
In this garden, designed by Mien Ruys who considered to be the mother of the current naturalistic planting movement, a Miscanthus hedge sits next to one that is traditional, clipped and evergreen. The possibilities are evident.
Many grasses can be planted as hedging both tall and short. They can stand independently or be used as low edging. Below, two types of grasses, a Pennisetum and a Miscanthus, are used by Belgian design firm Archi-Verde as free-standing hedges. It would be refreshing to use grasses as the ‘outline’ in a parterre instead of the traditional evergreen edging much in the same way the Victorians used annuals to create highly patterned effects.
Grass hedges can add color or be designed to be a textural through-line in a garden much like any other linear element. At his own property in New York state, photographer Larry Lederman, has created a bright yellow hedge of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aurea’.
Image via New York Social Diary
The best part about these hedges is that they need very, very little in the way of maintenance. Cut them down once a year and divide them every few years. A low maintenance hedge? Now that’s something to consider.