Posts Tagged ‘ornamental grasses’

Ottawa gardens changing with the seasons

February 27, 2013

We have the pleasure of installing beautiful gardens around the Ottawa area. One of the recommendations I always give my clients is to remember to include winter interest. We usually achieve this by adding ornamental grasses and conifers to the landscape. This year our snow load has been huge so our winter gardens are buried. I thought I would share an example of a changing Ottawa garden from summer to winter. As you can see from the winter picture, the garden is almost completely buried. Mother nature is laughing at my winter interest plan.

Summer garden
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Fall garden
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Winter garden
(picture not taken at the same angle. Unfortunately the snow pile is too large from that direction). You can see the top of the Weeping Norway spruce.
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‘Huron Sunrise’ in Ottawa

December 4, 2012

One of my absolute favourite ornamental grasses is Miscanthus ‘Huron Sunrise’. It looks fabulous in the summer displaying bright green leaves with a silver center. In mid August burgundy tips appear. In the winter you are left with a tall strong grass that adds much needed winter interest to the Ottawa garden.

August picture of ‘Huron Sunrise’.


Here is a shot of the grass in winter that gives you a good idea of its height and strength (November 2012).

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