Add the wow factor to your garden this autumn!

In this week’s Successful Garden Design quick tips video we look at different ways to plant grasses effectively in the garden…

Grouping grasses coming up in drifts throughout the other plants is a great way to incorporate grasses into the garden.

Planting grasses this way helps highlight the striking colours of the autumn-flowering, purple Asters, and the burgundy coloured Sedum, providing contrast and softness with texture.

You can also plant in straight rows if your garden has lots of linear elements like hedges and paths. The grasses again act as highlighters to the elements that are already in the garden.

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 25 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    3 replies to "Successful Garden Design Tips – Planting with grasses"

    • David

      Won’t the grasses self seed and give a more flowing effect eventually? Otherwise with a bit more effort the clumps could be split up and planted randomly to give this effect.

      • Rachel Mathews

        Hi David,

        Yes, that’s true with a lot of grass varieties, good point!


      Nice video Rachel and like you, I prefer the grasses to be spread out and there are so many types, some of which actually dont appear to be grasses but shrubs BUT may I recommend the books of Piet Oudorf who is a dutch master with grasses.

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