WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery the green scene Fall for Grasses R U T H F U R M A N writer are you looking for something to en- hance your fall garden but can't quite decide what to get? Perhaps it's time to consider something dra- matic, stately, or even ethereal — maybe all three. Mention "grasses" and most homeowners think of the green sward that requires mowing and ongo- ing maintenance. But in the realm of herbaceous plants, ornamental grasses offer a range of heights, shapes, and textures that are suitable for any out- door situation — or from a large garden down to a small, courtyard-sized space — or even a contain- er on a balcony. Autumn is a great time to appreci- ate all the attributes of this outstanding group that will provide multi-seasonal interest with relatively little maintenance or pest and disease issues. With the sun hanging lower in the sky at this time of year, ornamental grasses are dramatically lit with sunlight glinting across the blades while shafts catch seed heads dancing in autumnal breezes. The shimmer and movement add excite- ment to the outdoors, and now is the season to enjoy these rugged plants for all they offer. Flowers and seed heads aside, some grasses take on fiery autumnal hues to grace your garden and complement existing plantings. And it's not just for autumn. Grass tussocks can look beau- tiful in the winter, too, when there is little else of interest to adorn the landscape. Placed strategically, grasses will contribute a strong structural element to beds and borders; think of them as punctuation marks in the landscape. They nicely complement seasonal flow- ers, adding color and texture while extending the season of interest. No matter what conditions Grasses dancing in the autumn breeze R U T H F U R M A N 20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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