Summer Gardening News

by on July 17, 2010

Top Picks for Ornamental Grasses

Your garden is visually stunning, but does it have movement and sound?

Ornamental grasses—with their rustling plumes that wave in the breeze—bring those important elements to your garden. Check out these popular varieties:

Big bluestemBig bluestem
(Andropogon gerardii)

  • Full sun. Very drought-tolerant. Does well in almost any soil, as long as it’s well drained.
  • Zones 2 to 7.
  • Blue-green leaves turn shades of yellow or bronze in autumn.
  • Up to 7 feet tall.
  • Blue fescue Blue fescue
    (Festuca glauca)

  • Full sun, well-drained soil.
  • Zones 4 to 7.
  • Color depends on cultivar.
  • Up to 12 inches tall.
  • Blue oat grass Blue oat grass
    (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

  • Full sun, well-drained soil. Tolerates drought. Does well in almost any soil, as long as it’s well drained.
  • Zones 4 to 9.
  • Mound of gray-blue leaves with golden-brown plumes.
  • Up to 5 feet tall.
  • The New Reel Mower Everyone is Talking About

    Momentum Reel Mower If you love the idea of mowing in an eco-friendly way but refuse to buy a reel mower because they’re clunky, heavy, and ineffective, you’re not alone. For years, we’ve felt the same way.

    But it turns out there’s a new reel mower in town, and it’s nothing like the old-fashioned kind we cursed during childhood chores. The Momentum reel mower from Fiskars (the same folks who make those nifty hand tools with bright orange handles) requires 30 percent less force to push than standard reel mowers, and the blade doesn’t need annual sharpening.

    The Momentum also has twice as much power to cut through weeds, small twigs, and dense grass — the stuff that clogs other reel mowers. It has such a smooth feel that we’ve even found ourselves fighting other family members to take over lawn-mowing chores.

    Say Goodbye to Ugly Rain Barrels

    Rain Barrel Urn We all like the idea of conserving water in our gardens. But let’s be honest—making an ugly, old rain barrel blend in with our gorgeous gardens is not so easy to do.

    The 50-gallon Rain Barrel Urn from Clean Air Gardening won’t stand out like a sore thumb in your garden because it’s more than just a rain barrel—it’s a planter, too, so it looks right at home in your garden.

    The barrel is all one piece—the top does not come off—making it safe for kids, pets, and other backyard visitors. This handy system has a screen at the top to keep debris out, a spigot at the bottom, and a hook on the side for your garden hose. How’s that for tidy?

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