I’ve never liked the more contemporary grasses of years past, they had a weird structure that was so unnatural and hard to work into a design.

But these images show exactly how I love grasses to be incorporated in a design. It’s soft and organic yet looks planned.  Adding structural hedging, like a clipped cedar or dwarf korean lilac helps to ground the perennials and adds a strong foundation year round.

fountain terrace perennials

grasses and perennials around cloud pruned boxwood

When it comes to planting grasses, I strongly suggest going small with plugs or the smallest size containers from the nursery, versus splurging on larger size pots. The key to the natural, filled- in look is to interject these grasses throughout the design so it gives the illusion of coverage versus seeing each individual plant.

guest house grasses and boxwood

I love to spec feather reed grass as shown in this image under tree clumps as an easy going, low maintenance ground cover that transitions beautiful to the lawn.

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Grasses in the past have been considered modern but I like how this look leans more towards traditional english landscaping but with an contemporary edge.

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terrace seating and grasses

upper pool planting and view

Grass is considered low maintenance because as it seeds it will further cover the garden, you may have to pull and divide some of the perennial so it doesn’t overcome everything but it is a great weed suppressor, and is great for winter interest. Just trim back all the perennials in early spring, it doesn’t get much easier than that.

images from pinterest