May I run this by you...is there a better option out there

cadillactasteAugust 10, 2014

We're removing the forsythia this fall...I have a water fountain I wanted to incorporate in or around the gazebo area. But, contemplating maybe plant some high grasses and put a water fountain in the area the shrub is.

Not sure if it's the best way to go for that specific location. Being wintertime the fountain would not be running and the grass not a feature during that time.

Contemplated also a lavender twist...or a weeping larch for the area the shrub is located.

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cadillactaste

This would be the fountain I wish to add...thinking high grasses behind it. But, worry about winter interest. Being the front of our home. This area gets full afternoon sun.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:13PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I always disliked ornamental grasses. They planted all the beds at mall with them. They are pretty when they bloom the first year and then they got ratty looking. Very unattractive.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:19PM
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stu2900

I hardly ever say anything on this forum, but I just want to say that I have several ornamental grasses and absolutely love them! Mine have never looked ratty looking and are mostly carefree. All we ever do is cut them back the 1st of April. The grasses come in a lot of different sizes, colors and textures. I'm sure you would find something that will work for your site.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 6:54PM
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cadillactaste

Zackey...I imagine that it being a mall...maintenance for their outer areas are lacking.

Sjt...Thanks for taking the time to respond...and the tip as to when best to cut back...my husband has always admired ornamental grasses...I only worry about winter interest. But that is short lived when everyone hibernates around here at the lake.

This post was edited by cadillactaste on Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 19:20

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 6:59PM
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rosiew(8 GA)

sjt gave the approximate cutting back date for her area. It's certainly not universal. Try to do it just as the first new growth emerges at the latest.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 8:42PM
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cadillactaste

Good point Rosie! I hadn't thought of that...thanks for bringing to my attention.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:06AM
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