I got out yesterday to cut and tease the ornamental grasses around the pond. The first photo below is from last fall; blue oat grass inflorescence on the right and Japanese silver grass on left.
Blue oat grass is my favorite – semi-evergreen, it simply needs a teasing with steel rake to comb out spent shoots. It will green up rapidly, long before the other grasses fill out, and it holds its tall flowers upright until heavy snow falls.
Little bluestem adds a delicate touch to the landscape, its feathery growth moving in the slightest breeze. Fall color is a wonderful bronze.
The Japanese silver grass adds tall vertical interest. Ours has yet to flower in its first three years. Perhaps our season is too short? Still a beautiful addition to the landscape, and like the other grasses, adds movement to the scene.