Common name: Japanese Silver Grass, Maiden grass
Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis
Miscanthus is a large group of ornamental grasses ranging from a few feet to over 7 or 8 feet tall. Blade colors range from solid green, to green with silver mid-ribs, to variegated forms. Plumes are generally held well above foliage clumps, appearing in late summer to early fall, depending on the variety, and may be cut for fresh or dry arrangements.
Common name: Honeylocust
Botanical name: Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
Honeylocust are prized for their fine-textured leaves that provide a pleasant, dappled shade. Generally with light green leaves; some cultivars have yellow spring growth. Open and spreading crown makes for a fine shade tree. Bark is a greyish-brown and furrowed. sizes range from 25 to 50 feet or more, with a spread generally less than the height. Golden yellow fall color and open winter silhouette provides attractive fall and winter appearance. Deciduous.
Common name: Arrowwood Viburnum
Botanical name: Viburnum dentatum
Arrowwood viburnum is a deciduous shrub, typically growing 5 to 9 feet and wide (though have seen some 10 to 12 feet tall), with an upright, dense, rounded, multi-stemmed habit. Leaves are a bright green, coarsely toothed, and prominently veined. Fall color is variable, depending on source, and ranges from yellow to red (select plants in the fall if the color matters). White flowers appear in clusters May to June, and are followed by fruits ripening to blue-black in late summer and are enjoyed by birds. A durable shrub useful for screens and hedges, and tolerant of the heat and air pollution typical of parking lots. Those with red fall color are lovely planted among larger ornamental grasses, creating a wonderful fall display. 'Chicago Lustre' and 'Autumn Jazz' are commonly available cultivars selected for good fall color.
|Designer: Rick Laughlin||
Grass Ranch 1
Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.