Managing native grasses, rushes and sedges

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Pampas and jubata grass are considered invasive plants, particularly in coastal areas of California; you might not want to plant them unless you are willing to put the effort into managing them responsibly.

Today I’d like to share information on three more restrained grasses and grass-like plants that we have growing in the Master Gardener demonstration garden along Mill Creek at the corner of Main Street and Fairway just west of downtown Visalia. They are good choices for Madera’s Three Sisters Garden as well.

While these plants do need to be trimmed back and divided every few years, they are not considered invasive, are easy to care for and can be wonderful in our Central Valley gardens. From ground covers to dramatic accent plants, most grasses are easy to grow and are usually disease- and pest-free.

Ornamental grasses have been gaining popularity over the past several years. Often used in native plant gardens along with succulents and cacti, they are now being included in garden designs that showcase many flowering plants as well. The grasses create softness and movement within the garden...

 

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