Love the idea of a
fountain but don’t want to get involved with dreaded
plumbing and wiring?
Then consider creating a
Pampas grass (Cortaderia
selloana) “fountain” in your garden.
Here is how to make your Pampas grass fountain:
create a mounded garden bed where you want your “fountain”
should be at least 8 to 10 feet long by 6 to 8 feet wide by
about 1 foot high.
The center should be somewhat higher than the edges.
A raised garden
island bed would be perfect for this design.
Prepare the soil, then plant 4 or 5 Pampas grass plants on
this raised bed including one at the center.
Leave a generous space between the plants. Pampas
grass grows fast to 8 feet tall in one season and has a
graceful green arching shape – as if it is green “water”
rising up and spilling back down to the earth.
you don’t have the large space required for a Pampas
grass “fountain”, try doing a smaller version with
Deer grass (Muhlenbergia
rigens) or red
Fountain grass (Pennisetum
setaceum). The effect with red Fountain grass
will not be quite the same, however.
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A red-leafed Fringe flower (Lorapetalum
chinense) planted this spring turned crisp as soon as
the summer heat arrived.
This Fall when the weather cools down we are going to
try a Barberry (Berberis
thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ ) for a shrub with deep red
cultivars come in other colors and pygmy sizes, too.
And Barberry is suitable for all desert climates.
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