Thursday, January 22, 2009
Grasses for dry ground
Well summer is well and truly here. This week we have had temperatures soaring up to 40 c and the garden and people are really feeling it. To add to that many including myself have gone back to work. So we look at the gardens in our drought ridden country with their lack of water and cringe a little......well i do. But some of the plants are thriving, and the crepe myrtles are starting to come out.
One type of plant which flowers and grows beautifully in this climate are the Poas, and grassy plants. In my garden I have several, including Lomandra longifolia Tanika which is seen above hiding between the Iris's and the Crepe Myrtle, also a lovely Australian poa, called Poa Labillardieri ( think that's how you spell it) which is a real keeper and hows beautiful feathery flowers. Its a smokey grey colour and I've planted it in between the Callistemons up the back and they love it there, they told me!! This is what it looks like
and finally another liovely blue grey grass which has got to be one of my all time favourites, and now i've got a job i'm going to buy a whole lot of it so I can have a mass planting of it out the front of my garden.
Blue fescue, or Festuca glauca. The truth is I absolutely love this stuff. The colour the texture and enmass its just beautiful, and .......
....... at the risk of sounding like a broken record( showing my age there!) its drought proof.
And the beauty of these plants beside the fact they are beautiful, is they grow with very little attention and you can cut them back about once a year and they'll come right back.
Remember......all comments are good comments and if you want a Culture sheet about any of these plants let me know and I'll be happy to send it to you.