Especially when they look so good!
Look at these fabulous specimens at Joy Creek Nursery.
This one is growing in a neighbor’s garden. If you look close you can see two other tall grasses in the distance.
In my garden I’m currently in love with the Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'). This is the only Miscanthus in the garden since I dug up and gave away the huge flopping clumps that used to anchor a corner of the front garden.
From the kitchen window I can watch the burgundy tinted blooms sway in the breeze while I am doing the dishes.
The Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass) is blooming too, although it is a little less showy.
If you’ve ever wondered which one would win in a fight between Blood Grass (Imperata) and Hakonechloa I can attest to the Hakonechloa being more of a thug. The Blood Grass is loosing the fight for space.
The Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is another fall favorite of mine. All summer is has a bamboo quality and then in the fall these lovely blooms take over.
Unfortunately I lost the name of this grass. (late breaking update! Turns out this probably isn't a grass after all but a sedge... some species of carex according to Joseph of Greensparrow Gardens...I never have been able to keep them straight!)
But it’s pine-cone-like blooms are charming, and as you can see in the last two images from yesterdays post, very successful propagators!