Grasses, create a meadow


Wild grass swaying with the wind, grasses are easy to maintain and adorned with warm colors in the fall.

All grasses share linear, elongate leaves with parallel veins and clustered inflorescences in spikes or bunches. Perennial and hardy, they often see their aerial part dry out in winter, but the strain, resistant to the cold, provides new shoots as soon as the sun warms the earth. Their appeal comes from the variety of shapes and colors of their leaves (green, blue, golden, blood red, variegated, erect, tortuous, compact balls), and their flowers (vaporous, silky, plume, spikelets) . Flowering usually occurs in early summer and extends late into the season, providing dry bouquets of unparalleled beauty when frosted. The highest species exceed 3 or 4 m such as canes de Provence, miscanthus, bamboo or grass Pampa. Others are to be placed at the edge of the massif, such as sedges and some fescues, which do not exceed 0.30 m in height.

Where to find grasses?

Most garden centers offer grasses in perennial squares, but the choice is usually limited. It is better to go to specialized nurseries:
- The Garden Feather: "The Thil", 76116 Auzouville-sur-Ry. Such. : 02 35 23 00 01.
- Lepage Nurseries: rue des Perrins, 49130 Les Ponts-de-Cé. Such. : 02 41 44 93 55.
- Michel Lumen: "The Coutets", Creysse, 24100 Bergerac. Such. : 05 53 57 62 15.

An easy culture

Gramineae are planted in the fall or early spring depending on the region and climate. Dig a hole two to three times the volume of the clod and reload it with a clay not too clay (if it is the case, mix it organic compost or peat to decompacter). The first year of planting, monitor the moisture of the soil and water at least once a week, more if the weather is very dry. Fertilizer inputs are only useful in poor soils. Otherwise, you may favor the development of the foliage at the expense of flowering. Finally, when the clump has lost its appeal, cut leaves and inflorescences close to the ground with a simple hedge shear. Warning : essential gloves because the leaves are often sharp.