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Grasses: Versatile Partners For Uncommon Garden Design

From the dazzling orange leaves of Flame Grass to the feathery purple haze of Switch Grass, ornamental grasses can add a vibrant and colorful dimension to any garden. Nancy J. Ondra shows you how to use grasses on their own or in tandem with perennials, annuals, and shrubs to add visual interest and texture to your outdoor space. Insightful profiles of dozens of varieties of ornamental grasses enlivened by Saxon Holt’s stunning photography will inspire you to create your own dynamic, grass-filled gardens. 

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 1, 2002)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 158017423X

ISBN-13: 978-1580174237

Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Grasses by freelance gardening writer Nancy J. Ondra is a beautiful and practical guide to raising ornamental grasses in one's garden. Filled cover to cover with excellent color photographs by life-long gardener and gardening photographer Saxon Holt of aesthetic and splendid grasses, the profusely illustrated text presents the reader with a wide choice of colored grasses to best accentuate the beauty of one's garden and how to best select choice plants for wet, dry, hot, or shady sites. Highly recommended for personal and professional gardening, horticultural and landscaping reference collections, even non-gardeners will appreciate the dazzling, coffee-table book quality photography of this singularly elegant yet practical guide.

Grasses. They add so much wonderful texture to perennial collections and the landscape. They add terrific movement, catching the smallest breezes, defying the strongest winds and I wanted them in my garden however I knew so little about them. Then along came this terrific book by Nancy J. Ondra with photographs by Saxon Holt. Everything about this book is appealing.I appreciate the way it is laid out in four sections; Getting to Know Grasses, Color Palettes, Seasonal Usage and Selecting for Location. Ms. Ondra is a font of information without overloading your brain and as a Grasses Novice I find that useful. The photography by Mr. Holt is truly beautiful, with most of the photographs taken in combinations with other plant materials so you can get the feel of the various Grasses in the landscape. Section Four (p.94) really helps you get down to the nitty-gritty of making the appropriate selections for various soils and exposures. This is the sort of book to use year in and year out and I think would be useful to professional and advanced gardners as well as beginners. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this volume. Highly recommended!

This book is full of great photos of grasses in gardens, and I find it inspirational. It shows grasses mixed with other common perennials in situations most gardeners could replicate in their own gardens. The author includes growing tips and site preferences for many different species.There are some books you always reach for on a certain type of plant, and this is the one I find myself always reaching for on grasses. I happen to be a Master Gardener who loves ornamental grass gardening.

I borrowed this book from the library. I highly recommend this book for anyone who plans to use a lot of grasses when landscaping. The photos are wonderful and the information about the grasses is very useful. One chapter is titled Color Palettes; it has photos & info about grasses in colors groups such as "golds & bronzes", "cool blues & quiet grays", Dark-leaved & Variegated. The Problem Solver chapter is divided into sections such as "Hot, Dry Sites", Moisture-Lovers, Shade-Lovers, Ground Covers & Low Maintenance. I have a very small yard with little space for grasses so I am not going to purchase this book but I would definitely buy this book if I had more space for landscaping.

After first thumbing through this book at my local Extension, I bought a copy for myself. I enjoyed many hours of reading and studying all of the excellent information, and admiring the beautiful photographs. Guided by the garden designs provided, I created my own ornamental grass garden at our creek not too much different than the cover photo. I also added many featured perennial grasses to my backyard meditation garden--even added the two purple Adirondack chairs shown on Page 79. Having received many positive comments, I have bought copies of this book from for other local avid gardeners. It is the best informational grass book I've found. Karen F

Love this book, wonderful pictures, but --- I find myself looking for a comprehensive chart / list that gives an overview -- so that you can make gardening choices easier ... examples; height, color, cool/warm, best conditions, clump or creep, zones --- well you get the point . . .

I easily own 30+ gardening books, and am always on the look out for something new & special. This one absolutely fits the bill. It is hands down my favorite grasses book, and in the top 5 of design/inspiration books for me. It has so much to offer - the pictures are gorgeous, the grasses showcased offer an incredible array of textures & colors, the descriptions are thorough, different plantings recommended per dry/wet/hot/shaded sites are incredibly helpful. I live in the Rocky Mountain Region & found that it had excellent suggestions for all zones. You'll love it!

I approached gardening from two aspects; what will grow in my 5 acre dryland, sandy Michigan garden and what plants can I use in my handmade papers. Ornamental grasses make for wonderful inclusions in my handmade papers!The book was my first introduction to ornamental grasses some 10-11 years ago. This was the first of many books on grasses that I have bought and store in the small bookshelf above my bedstead. It has become my "go to" book on grasses. When winter comes, the snow blows and I am unable to no longer dig in the dirt this is one of the first books I grab to read and reread and reread.This is the book that first keyed me into the differences between clumping grasses (say yes!) and invasive grasses (a no no!) From this book I learned to mix grasses with certain perennials for year season-round interest, to plant many grasses together for a greater impact, to NOT bother to amend the soil as ornamental grasses actually prefer poorer soil and so on.Using this book as my guide I planted Micanthesis Senthesis around my round hottub deck as a living screen one of the most effective areas I have in my garden and definitely the most commented upon place in my garden.This book gave me an introdution this authors way of gardening and has inspired me to follow her additional writing in both magazines and books.I like a book filled with color photographs of actual gardens, displays, combinations, ideas and inspiration and this book does not disappoint.

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