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Impressionism in a Meadow Garden

The elegant beauty of grasses

close up of pink and orange ornamental grasses

Today we’re visiting TJ Mrazik’s garden in Worcester, Pennsylvania.

My home garden has won four Blue Ribbon awards from my state horticultural society. It is a naturalistic, meadow-style garden with soft color palettes and hues made up predominately of cool- and warm-season ornamental grasses intermingled with wildflowers. It supports native pollinators and wildlife. Always changing and maturing, the garden is interesting all four season of the year.

The photos are from late summer, fall, and early winter. They demonstrate the blending of soft palette, subtle hues, texture, and movement of a naturalistic, meadow-style garden. It is almost like an impressionistic painting.

close up of fluffy ornamental grassesMatured little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium, Zones 3–9), Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha, Zones 4–9), morning light miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Zones 4–9), and tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, Zones 4–8) comprise a lovely winter show.

close up of pink and orange ornamental grassesPink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 6–9), little bluestem, Amsonia (Zones 5–8), and ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass put on a fall show of evolving colors.

Panicles in front of pink ornamental grassPanicles of Korean feather reed grass stand tall amid a show of pink muhly grass and little bluestem.

close up of ornamental grass and fine textured perennialLate summer: Amsonia hubrichtii, ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ (Zones 4–10), and little bluestem

another close up of pink ornamental grassLate fall: confluence of pink muhly grass, little bluestem, and ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass


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    simplesue 02/14/2024

    Your naturalistic, meadow-style garden is so pretty and wild and so much like something you'd see in a painting. Nice seeing the textures and colors of plants next to each other and of all seasons Winter! Very pretty!

  2. perennialgrdnr_z4b 02/14/2024

    Great photos of close-up combinations that do give the impressionistic sense of a meadow. I would really like to see wider views of your garden, and how these closeups all work together to form the bigger picture. Thanks for sharing your lovely garden.

  3. btucker9675 02/14/2024

    Your awards are well deserved - this is a lovely meadow garden. I have added more and more grasses over the years and find them to be favorites in my garden.

  4. [email protected] 02/14/2024

    The grasses are wonderful! But, it does take space to make it work. I like to use them on banks or hillsides that can be seen from a distance. The Muhly is stunning when in bloom yet hard to convince clients on before the bloom. It takes a full year for it to settle in and make any kind of statement. After its bloom, clients tend to forgive its meagre start. I loved seeing your garden and agree, I would like to see some broader views.

  5. JaySifford 02/15/2024

    Really lovely.

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