Grasses have blended into the background for years, but now hundreds of different kinds are available to gardeners. They offer diversity of form, colour and foliage, and many bear attractive ornamental flower and seed heads that can be dried. Grasses enliven plantings with their rustling movement and varying textures, adding extra depth and structure. Dramatic effects can be achieved by planting ornamental grass as individual living sculptures or en-masse in large swathes. Equally, grasses can form an eyecatching display when interplanted with foliage and flowers in beds or containers. In summer, annual grasses hold special appeal, while in autumn and winter the foliage and seed heads of perennial grasses prolong the seasons with colour and interest.
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