Grasses and the rock garden

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Lori S.
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Here's a good one for the slightly larger rock garden... Festuca scoparia 'Pic Carlit' (again, shown here not in a rock garden but bear with me).  

F. scoparia (syn. F. gautieri) is also known as bearskin fescue, and is native to the Pyrenees.  The blades are very narrow and stiff... rather prickly for weeding around, actually.  (Makes a nice cushion, Trond, but not one you'd like to sit on!  ;))  In bloom, the heads are held all at the same height for a very orderly appearance.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Skulski wrote:

Here's a good one for the slightly larger rock garden... Festuca scoparia 'Pic Carlit' (again, shown here not in a rock garden but bear with me).  

F. scoparia (syn. F. gautieri) is also known as bearskin fescue.  The blades are very narrow and stiff... rather prickly for weeding around, actually.  (Makes a nice cushion, Trond, but not one you'd like to sit on!)  In bloom, the heads are held all at the same height for a very orderly appearance.

Lori, rather nice tussocks but I have learnt :-\ ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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Alas my fargesia looks dead this winter...it is now 8 feet high and 15 years old..always turns a little brown in winter but it looks completely shiveled at the moment...hopefully it is resprout from the base.

I have Helictotrichon sempervirens and Carex elata 'Bowles Gold' in my rockery (Can't post pics as I am not home at the moment)

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

RickR
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Lori, is Festuca scoparia evergreen?  And, [but] it looks so soft in the photo...
How big would you say those are in the foliage stage?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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No, it's not evergreen here, Rick.  It does look soft and nonthreatening in the photo but that's deceptive!  The blades are very thin and stiff and prickly!  The bigger of my 2 plants has got to ~10" (25cm) diameter since being planted in 2004.  (The picture is from 2007.)

Oops, I guess I should add how tall it gets... the mounds of foliage stand about 6"-8" tall.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Skulski wrote:

No, it's not evergreen here, Rick.  It does look soft and nonthreatening in the photo but that's deceptive!  The blades are very thin and stiff and prickly!  The bigger of my 2 plants has got to ~10" (25cm) diameter since being planted in 2004.  (The picture is from 2007.)

Oops, I guess I should add how tall it gets... the mounds of foliage stand about 6"-8" tall.

that's a nice short one, Lori! Did you get it as seed or a plant? Do the blades dry and stay in place in fall?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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I bought a couple of plants from a local garden center that had an alpine section (supplied by Beaver Creek, I suspect, but not sure).
The blades turn dry and tan in winter but are replaced in late spring.  The only maintenance it needs/gets is that I cut the flower stems off after they dry.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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I tend to like grasses best when they turn brown (or those that aren't green to start with!)  ;D green gets tiresome in mid-summer...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Yeah, because summer is so loooonnng here, right?   ;D ;D ;D

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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Skulski wrote:

Yeah, because summer is so loooonnng here, right?   ;D ;D ;D

That's it--just overwhelmed by all that growing season, lol.. I just have an overall preference for non-green plants-blue, white, black, red, brown..of course the occasional  bright green sets them off nicely ;)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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