Bluestem Ornamental Grass

It’s been a very busy spring and early summer, hence no posts for the past six weeks.  Now that the 90 degree summer heat is here in full force, work is scaling back and I have time to write.

I recently planted three ornamental grasses on a local job and I just love them.  They are called “Bluestem”.  The variety I bought at Country Greenery in Swainton is schizachyrium scoparium, known as “Standing Ovation”.  It’s a well deserved moniker.

According to the label it is a “Handsome grass that withstands pounding rain and winds.  Sturdy stems display colors of blues, greens, purples, and pinks.  Fall color is bright red and orange.  Seeds are not only a handsome addition to the landscape but also a great source of food for birds.”  Wow!

The bluestem appears to check all the boxes.  And they grow just 3-4 feet tall, so they don’t overwhelm the flower bed.  They like full sun and produce a beige bloom in late summer.  I can’t wait to return to that flower bed in late September to see the results.

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