The Upright Citizen

The Upright Citizen

The Upright Citizen Think vertically with Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, whose architectural, reed-like posture reaches 4 to 5 feet, making it a strong statement when its narrow spikes bleach to a golden straw.

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 He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. Psalm 147:8

  • Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ transforms from a steely blue to a brilliant burgundy in the fall, perfect for front-of-the-border frippery. In summer, Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ arches tall in ribbons of white and green variegation. Later it crowns itself with rosy tassels pretty enough to distract eyes from perennials in their withered late-season condition. The hardworking Nassella tenuissima’s upright green tufts turn to flaxen cascades perfect for softening up stone paths. – WSJ


Reviewed Unto Righteousness | Proverbs 18:2 | Timothy Williams
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(—Ms. Mulrain also noted that because of the breadth in varieties, grasses are a solid answer to questionable corners, be they drought-prone, nutritionally depleted or even dry and shaded. “No matter where in your garden, there is a grass that will do well,” she said. Ornamental grasses that aren’t evergreen require only a yearly haircut with a hedge trimmer, when the garden transitions from winter to spring, advised Neil Lucas, author of “Designing with Grasses” (Timber Press). Establish new plants in spring, and because you spend no time watering, deadheading, feeding or staking, grasses will yield a generous yearlong return, from their early-summer fullness to the sparkle under the first frost. “The best plants do all of the hard work for us.” said Mr. Lucas.