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Great Combinations with Ornamental Grasses

Think beyond the classic combos to make grasses more than just fall accents

Fine Gardening - Issue 142

Ornamental grasses are classic autumn stars, and they’re usually combined with other great fall bloomers, such as Joe Pye weeds (Eupatorium spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–11), black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11), and sedums (Sedum spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11). These combos are popular for good reasons: They’re simple, stunning, and no-fail. But with a little imagination and a slightly broader palette of plants, you can make your grasses stars all season long. They’ll still come into their own as the days cool, as you’ll see in these combos, but instead of fading into the background for most of the season, they’ll sail through the earlier months of spring and summer as dynamic, productive parts of your garden tableau.

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