I love ornamental grasses. They come in all varieties. And once they're established, they'll do quite well in less than desirable (hot) conditions.
I found this galvanized tub at the antique mall a few weeks ago. It was $9. Sold. Great price.
I brought it home and took a big nail and hammered a bunch of holes in the bottom. (I'm old school.)
And you know me. I don't want to waste potting soil, thus money. So I put shards of broken pots in the bottom. Then as I took the grasses out of their pot, I tossed the pot in the tub.
I didn't use them all because some were bigger than I wanted. Then fill with potting soil.
I put the tallest one in the back center. Then I just arranged the others with no real design.
Some will think: I bet some of those grasses get really high. Well, yes they might. Except I won't let them. I'll use my clippers to keep them at a size I want. Just like you mow your lawn when it's getting high.
See those round steel things underneath? They are from a set of chimes that fell apart due to age and weather. When I finished planting the pot, I decided it would probably be best if it didn't sit flat on the cement. Because I don't want the grasses to sit in water.
So I looked around me and saw the chimes I was getting ready to toss. Ah, perfect. I slipped two of them underneath so the tub could drain properly. Just think outside of the box. I use to use bricks, but hey, use what you have.
If I estimate how much this tub of grasses cost, I include the potted grasses from Lowes, the potting soil, and the galvanized tub. Estimated cost of entire project: Around $25.
Ornamental grasses lend a real "natural" feel to your gardens or patio containers. The birds feel right at home. They can hide in the foliage and find nesting materials.
Next time you're at the garden center, take a look at them.
There is one ornamental grass I don't have that I'm looking for. It is called Muhly Grass, or Muhlenbergia capillaris. It is an ultra-rugged, ultra-tough native grass. I had this in Texas.
Here is a photo I Googled...
In late summer and fall, the grass is topped by enormous plumes of cotton candy pink. It is low maintenance and beautiful. For zones 6-10. I really want this one!