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Landscaping Using Ornamental and Decorative Grasses

If you want your landscaping to be different from everyone on the block try planting different styles of grasses. The landscaping in the front yard can be the type that forms clumps instead of the grass that must be cut, while the back yard and garden landscaping you may want to incorporate some taller versions of decorative grass.

Planting tall ornamental grasses in a group or in a row can create a privacy screen from neighbors, air conditioning units, trash cans or something else you want to hide. Some of the tall grasses include the big blue-stem with beautiful flowers and blue-grey leaves and can range in height from four feet to seven feet tall; pampas grass has tall pink flowers and will range from six to fifteen feet tall and the giant reed grass can range between fourteen and twenty feet tall and has leaves that are three inches across. Ornamental grasses need to be cut back in the spring which means you will lose that privacy screen while it grows back.

These beautiful landscaping plants bring texture to most flower beds. By using two or three varieties of miscanthus or some fountain grass will give this effect to hydrangea and lavender. Mounded grasses will complement the plants that have creative textures and the vertical grasses supplement the plants that are more rounded. A lot of your hardscapes can become inviting and warm when you use ornamental grasses around them. Some decorative grasses do not bloom so they will not attract bees and would be good to plant around a swimming pool.

You can also grow these grasses in decorative containers and place them on patios, balconies, decks, or even on a high-rise rooftop garden. With so many different shapes, sizes and colors of containers you can have an entire container garden of just ornamental and decorative grasses in all different species. You can mix and match the grass colors and sizes to coordinate with the sizes and colors of your containers. Do not limit the ornamental grasses just in your landscaping; you can also highlight a regular landscaping by placing some of these containers filled with these grasses to enhance an existing landscaped area.

If you plant the same decorative grass inter-mingled among some of your flowering plants it can help tie your entire garden together. If your flowers are the tall version you may think about using a blue fescue which is a clump forming grass; a tall feather reed grass works better with the lower blooming flowers and will also look nice in a vegetable garden. You do not want a grass that will run because they spread too much and will eventually look very weedy.

These clumping or low grasses make good borders around flower beds because they are small but you will need to plant close together so it will resemble a border. Ornamental grasses will stand out at the end of the season when most of the perennials and annuals look tired and worn out. Some grasses such as big blue-stem and switch-grass have a fall leaf color that is very beautiful; some grasses will have colorful seed heads.

You can attract the birds to the garden with decorative and ornamental grasses in the landscaping. The birds find shelter in some of the larger grasses, the blades of some the leaves are good for constructing nests, and the seeds that these grasses produce are enjoyable to the birds. Just remember to plant the native grasses for your area. The low growing and clumping or mounded grasses make excellent ground covers; they smother out weeds while creating the textures for the landscape. Try adding some decorative grasses to your flower garden or front lawn as part of your next landscaping project.

Steep Hill Landscaping – Things You Ought to Know

Beautiful landscaping is always praiseworthy as it is an indispensable part of the interior and outdoor decoration of a housing complex. Most people show their eagerness to decorate the adjoining garden in the perfect way. Although, for those residing in hilly regions may find it a bit difficult to landscape the garden, proper arrangement/availability of tools and equipments makes it extremely easy and convenient to decorate the garden of a house on the top of the hills. If a house is situated at the foot of the hills and a man desires that his adjacent backyard of the house be as beautiful as the natural garden/forest, he must follow some basic points.

While starting the hillside landscaping project, one should check whether the walling system is in place. Basically, during rainy seasons, rain and landslide can occur in the hilly region and the rain water rolling down the slopes would dash against the house. Therefore weak walls should be reinforced and made strong. The way to the hill should be well maintained and the low height steps or slopes should be constructed or rebuilt to ensure safety and prevention from the erosion of soil.

Now the next step starts with the tree plantation. Proper care is required while planting trees on the terrace of the house and surrounding area. Junipers are really good to see and ideal for the decoration of landscape of the house on hillsides. Japanese Pachysandra plants also provide the maximum coverage to the steep steps in a way to scale up the hill. However, if the slopes or steps are low in height, one can start planting creepers like Phlox trees which act as ground coverage. Sun rays would not directly fall on the slopes, and they would be cool, thus increasing the longevity. Also, people would feel comfortable while climbing the hills.

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor garden lighting has become fashionable for big gardens as well as for small patios. A lighted garden at night takes on another dimension. To light your garden you need landscape lights. These can be put into trees, bushes and edges as well as lawns, in decking and on walls. This will give a spectacular makeover to your garden.

Putting landscape lighting fixtures in the different parts your garden, will allow you to make use of a part of your property that you work hard to make beautiful. In the pond as in other areas, your garden will be enhanced by landscape lighting. Moreover, pond, paths and steps are areas where it is better to have light fixtures for safety reasons.

Landscape lighting will also help to make these parts of your property more inviting to your guests. In addition, lighting the outside of you property can act as a good deterrent to intruders. It can be a means of making your home more secure. Modern exterior lights are easy to install, so don’t let the thought it may be difficult put you off.

Landscape lighting fixtures can be plugged into the mains via a plug and play system using low voltage lighting. There is no need for an electrician to install them, almost anybody can do it. You may also wish to choose to install solar landscape lights.

Exterior lighting fixtures come in a number of different styles – mural, lantern, column, and pedestal. There are also landscape lights that are fitted to a chain or installed on a bracket. Some of them are more traditional, and create a Victorian atmosphere. Others are more modern. Some serve to create atmosphere, others are more festive. Some exterior lights are used to simply light the way to the house or the porch.

Landscape lights that combine decoration and security can be installed in the garden. These will switch on automatically, activated by a movement sensor. To light the garden you can also use LED floodlights, which are very bright lights, usually mounted on a bracket on the wall of the house or any other strong support.

The choice is vast and depends on the intended purpose of the exterior lighting. Thanks to the Internet you will have easy access to every type of landscape lighting fixtures from the comfort of your own home, so you will have no difficulty in finding the landscape lighting that you are looking for.