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Where to buy decorative cereals?
A common question that readers ask me. My answer is: in my opinion. if you find the right variety, it is best to take it from domestic producers.
Unlike Europe, in our native land, the cost of using land is different, and the wages of workers, and electricity ... In short, the costs are much lower, so our producers are able to offer us much more interesting prices! Of course, if they are real producers, and not banal dealers under the proud name "nursery".
Here are the ones I can recommend with peace of mind:
Warm-growing decorative cereals
Dense bushes of graceful grayish-green foliage and brushes of horizontally located inflorescences soaring above them on thin, like wires, peduncles - this is how this warm-growing cereal looks like in summer. Height and width are approximately the same - about 30 cm. Practically maintenance-free.
Boutellois (left) and bukharnik (right)
Warm-growing cereals also include: aconechloa, spikelet, Imperata cylindrica, Chinese miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis), Sello cortaderia, or pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), blue lightning (Molinia caerulea) and others.
Features of ornamental grasses and cereals
Perennial grasses are unpretentious, but they still have some features: not all of them are planted in a permanent place. "Saplings" of some cereals should grow stronger in a small garden bed assigned to them.
Seedlings planted at the germination stage in a permanent place are oppressed by other plants. They can be planted immediately only in open places where there are no other flowers in the neighborhood. But there are unpretentious grasses, and annuals, which are sown directly by seeds in open ground.
15 most unusual decorative cereals
When we talk about ornamental garden plants, cereals are rarely discussed. And yet they deserve a prominent place in the plant composition, and their beauty can compete with any other inhabitant of the garden.
However, in recent years, ornamental cereals are gaining popularity: there are more than 200 different types that can be used in single plantings or combined with other plants. Cereals are used to decorate rockeries and alpine slides, settle them by the pond, frame the edges of flower beds and garden paths with them.
Ornamental cereals in the garden
I propose to take a closer look at decorative cereals, perhaps their spectacular fluffy panicles will also inspire you to create new compositions in the garden and flower beds.
Gray fescue (Festuca glauca)
A perennial cereal in the form of a blue fluffy hemispherical bump up to 40 cm high. Looks very good against the background of stones and reservoirs, while it is a completely independent plant that will not get bored even in single plantings.
Winters calmly without shelter. It grows very strongly and quickly, therefore, once every 2 years, the fescue sod should be divided to renew the plant. Seed reproduction is also possible: sown in spring or before winter. Place 3 seeds in the hole at a distance of about 20 cm from each other.
At this place, many may be surprised, because it is believed that this is a house plant, often even called "indoor bamboo" or "indoor reed". But in fact, this is a cereal, it belongs to the Bluegrass family and is used for planting in tubs and other large containers. In the summer, it is quite possible to decorate the vastness of the garden, open terrace with pots with pogonaterum. In the southern regions, it can winter outdoors.
As a plant in open ground, millet pogonaterum is successfully cultivated in the south of Russia.
Italian Setaria (Setaria italica)
One of the varieties of the setaria is the chumiza known to many, which is grown in some regions as a fodder plant. But many gardeners appreciate it precisely for its decorative effect: the chumiza has large yellowish or green drooping panicles that look great both in an ensemble with other plants and as a solo. The second type of setaria is known to us as mogar or bristle. Its brownish panicles are smaller and grow straight.
Setaria bushes are large, sometimes even higher than 1 m. This decorative cereal loves warmth, sun and fertile soil. Drought tolerant, but more decorative with regular watering. The plant has won the love of designers of dry bouquets, as dried panicles perfectly keep their shape (do not crumble). And in a cut, in a composition with other plants, it will look no less original.
Maned barley (Hordeum jubatum)
They say about him that he is dignified and playful. In my opinion, it is more than self-sufficient in the world not only of cereals, but also of ornamental plants in general.
It is a perennial, but more often it is cultivated as an annual crop because of its property to freeze in winter. Maned barley forms dense bushes up to 50 cm tall with a scattering of shoots, on which inflorescences-spikelets with very long awns are located.
At the time of flowering awns of maned barley pearl green or pink-purple
At the time of flowering, the awns are pearl-green or pink-purple, and when they dry up, they become white. With proper care, maned barley not only does not freeze, but also gives excellent self-seeding. You can get acquainted with this amazing plant in the article Maned barley.
Also known as pampas grass, it forms a spectacular spreading bush topped with a cap of fluffy inflorescences. Stunningly beautiful tall species (under favorable conditions grow up to 3 m) species, but undersized varieties are no less good.
Cortaderia (pampas grass)
The main condition for perfect flowering is a lot of sun. The pampas grass on the coast of the Crimea looks very unusual (Elegant sultans of the pampas grass). But what prevents us from inviting her to our garden?
Bristle bristle (Pennisetum setaceum)
Able to give the flower bed airiness and a festive look: bright drooping panicle inflorescences on long stems are somewhat reminiscent of fireworks.
Looks very impressive next to conifers (spruces, junipers, cypress trees).
American pinnate (Pennisetum glaucum)
Another handsome man from the pinnacle family. Ornamental species are decorated with dense panicles (from red to black, depending on the variety) and brownish-purple or bluish leaves.
Millet is thermophilic, but tolerates lower temperatures well. It can be used both in mixborders and in single plantings. I like this kind of cut grains, and the dried plant retains its shape and color perfectly.
American pinnate on the background of a pond
In the notes Ornamental millet and Ornamental millet ripened, it is told about the personal experience of growing Pinnesetum.
Shaggy bristle (Pennisetum villosum)
Not at all like his American counterpart, but no less handsome. This perennial grows strongly and quickly, so it is worth limiting it with something.
The height of the plant can vary from 30 to 60 cm. The leaves are thin and flat, the panicles are spike-shaped (up to 10 cm). Golden spikelets are surrounded by pinnate-hairy bristles, which is why they seem shaggy.
Golden spikelets surrounded by pinnate-hairy bristles
You can see more photos of the hairy pinnacle in the commentary by Lyudmila Uleiskaya.
Forms lush tall bushes up to 2 m high.
Long leaves, playful golden, golden-pink or silvery paniculate inflorescences.
Haretail (Lagurus ovatus)
This cute cereal lives up to its name: its small fluffy inflorescences really look like the tail of a bunny. It can reach a height of just over 50 cm, the spike-shaped inflorescences themselves are about 3-4 cm long.
We are loved by many gardeners not only for elegance, but also for high decorative qualities in dry compositions. It can grow in partial shade, which makes it possible to plant in places where other decorative grasses cannot grow.
A very original annual cereal with inflorescences in the form of an unusually large dark brown loose spike with round grains. The leaves are wide, dark green, their size also gives some unusualness to the plant.
It is used both in group plantings and singly, as a background for other crops. Suitable for spectacular winter compositions. Sorghum tolerates cold well and is undemanding to the soil.
In our market you will find seeds of various ornamental cereals and you will surely find a suitable plant for yourself.
Beautiful feather grass (Stipa pulcherrima)
Loved by many: they are happy to plant it in mixborders or in curtains on the lawn.
The feather grass is beautiful
Unusual pubescence from a distance looks like the finest crystal threads enveloping the plant.
It grows no more than 80 cm in height, and long thin awns reach a length of 50 cm.
Evergreen Sheep (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
It is often confused with gray fescue. The color and somewhat similar shape are confusing, but the sheep's tussocks are much higher and more spreading.
Agree that such a cereal looks great in flower beds.
Sheep in the flowerbed
It goes well with stones and wood chips, bark.
Hasmantium broadleaf (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Despite the apparent simplicity, it looks very original with many plants and in single plantings. The inflorescences of this cereal are flattened and located in the same plane. They hang from the stem like outlandish forged earrings.
With good humidity and sufficient sunlight, it grows about 1.2 m in height.
Hasmantium single landing
It begins to bloom in autumn, September or October.
The brightness of this cereal will not leave indifferent even the most picky gardener. The leaves are thin, with bright red tips.
By autumn, it reaches the peak of decorativeness and is almost completely painted in crimson tones.
Imperata variety 'Red Baron'
An example of how to place cereals in a rockery can be seen in the article Rockery: Choosing a Location. How best to arrange them on the lawn is described in article 12 of the rules for placing plants in flower beds. Be sure to check out other interesting articles on cereals:
- They never go out of style: decorative cereals
- Fashion trend: cereals and other ornamental plants for a country garden
- Grasses: timeless, out of season
- These unexpected cereals: beautiful and edible too
- Warm and cold growing decorative grains for your garden
- Decorative grains on your site - a modern look
If you plant decorative cereals in the garden, it will not be gray and boring even in the sad autumn season. Unpretentious panicles grow until frost, and even dry they retain their decorative effect. They will add a special charm to a country house, a chalet-style house, and a cottage in a modern modern style. Do you have decorative cereals in your garden?
Types of plants and cereals
Cereals, like all other plants, have their own characteristics, which must be familiarized with before proceeding with planting. They are annual and perennial, thermophilic and frost-resistant, short, tall and medium.
After getting acquainted with the appearance of the plant, it is necessary to study all its aspects in order for the cultivation to be productive. In addition, these features are a kind of recommendation that allows you to make the right composition.
Advice! Low-growing varieties are suitable for decorating carpet flower beds or decorating borders. In contrast, tall views that make up a hedge can hide an unsightly fence from view.
Let's consider the most popular types:
No less interesting in landscape design are glyceria, spreading boron, maned barley and ornamental millet. Each plant has a spectacular appearance and can decorate a flower bed both in combination with various flowers, or independently.
Advice! For inexperienced gardeners, it is better to start decorating the site with the most unpretentious annual plants that do not require special skills, knowledge and complex care.