Quality time is spent in the garden just looking. Looking and thinking about what needs to be added or subtracted to make the space more enjoyable to the eye. All of the aspects of a plant’s habit are studied and assessed, bloom time and color, leaf shape, size and texture, season of interest. Something often overlooked is the height. Verticality.
The eye travels along the plantings of similar stature in sort of a lazy trance. What is ofttimes needed is a tall element to break up the monotony. It can be a piece of statuary, stakes or a living, breathing bit of botanical brilliance, like the practically perfect feather reed grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.
Named for the German writer and plantsman, this workhorse of a grass is the selected vertical feature in several of the beds in the Fairegarden. Easily divided, the small sections will grow tall and flower within a couple of years. The clumps also offer movement as the spent flower heads react to the least breeze with the grace of Baryshnikov.
Height and beauty, thou name art Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.