Something exciting is happening in the world of conifers!
Something exciting is happening in the world of conifers! Their reputation as old-fashioned, over grown foundation plantings or privacy screens is changing. Exciting introductions that offer new colors, sizes, textures, and forms continue to expand the landscape designer’s palette and provide more options for four-season interest in the garden.
Here at Midwest Groundcovers, we are hearing a lot of buzz about our recently renovated Conifer & Evergreen Display Garden. Due in large part to social media like Instagram, the garden has captured international attention of designers in Europe and Argentina! The “magic” that people are talking about is the modern twist of juxtaposing conifers with ornamental grasses.
Midwest’s garden design consultant, Austin Eischeid - who oversaw the garden renovation in 2018 - selected the grasses primarily as a ground cover (in lieu of mulch) and secondarily for aesthetics. The result is a stunning combination of rigid and bold structural evergreens softened by sweeping drifts of an assortment of grasses. The sunken brick patio, with the unconventional hedge of glowing orange Thuja occidentalis Fire Chief™, welcomes visitors into the garden and elevates the plant material to a height that beckons you to run your hand over the hazy purple seed heads of Eragrostis spectabilis interlaced with the silvery flower spikes and fine chartreuse foliage of Sesleria autumnalis. The grasses have proven very effective as a weed suppressant as the garden has needed weeding only once during the growing season! Over time as the conifers grow to their mature size, the grasses will become less prominent and eventually fade away – adding to the dynamic, ever-changing aspect of the garden.
We invite you to come and see this innovative, low maintenance garden this fall or winter in the hopes that it may inspire you to incorporate a conifer and grass design element in your next landscape installation.