Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass

Give nature a blanket in winter

and you’ll see habitat everywhere you look Dried leaves as blankets I freely admit I’m not neat or tidy, or organized.  But I like beauty and that usually requires some tidiness or organization. For most suburbanites the fall tidy up means a clearing of dead leaves.  But imagine if we treated our bodies the same… Continue reading Give nature a blanket in winter

Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium 2 – 3’H x 12″ Warm season grass.  Green to blue green leaves turn red/bronze in the fall.  And is a standout during winter.  With a fibrous root system, for Colorado its best grown in clay soils.  Will tolerate light shade and is drought tolerant.  Up to 7500ft host plant… Continue reading Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem

Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass

I’m looking for a shorter grass that will create movement all summer.   And nothing moves like Foxtail Barley. Imagine these shiny seed heads on a mound the sunlight hits in the late afternoon. Hordeum Jubatum is a grass used extensively at roadsides.  The reason they are not used in landscapes is their great ability to… Continue reading Foxtail Barley instead of Mexican Feather Grass