Purple fountain grass (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is one of the most common types of perennial grasses found in lawns worldwide. Purple fountain grass grows well in warm climates and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Its flowers are white or pink with a single petal, which opens when pollinated by bees. They have a sweet fragrance and taste like strawberries.
The plant’s name comes from its color: it is commonly known as “purple” because of the many shades of purple that can be seen in its foliage. However, there are other colors such as greenish-blue, yellowish-green, brownish-red and even black. The plant is native to Europe and Asia.
What Is Permanently Attached To My Lawn?
When you walk through your yard, you may see a few plants that are permanently attached to the ground. These include:
Lawn grass – A type of annual grass that grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It forms dense clumps and needs regular mowing in order to keep it from becoming overgrown.
Bluegrass – A type of acid-loving, sterile grass that grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It is considered a weed by many because it easily spreads into other people’s lawns.
Carex – A sedge that grows up to 8 inches tall and spreads rapidly. Also known as the ‘aluminum plant’ because its leaves resemble the metal when they are rolled up.
Lolium – A type of grass that spreads by seed. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has a flattened stem that produces a powder that can cause a rash in humans.
Other Types Of Grass
Zoysia – A type of grass that grows in thick mats, which makes it popular for putting greens.
Perennial rye-grass – Grows between the cracks of sidewalks and driveways. It is also edible.
Fescue – A type of grass that is common in lawns. It is also a popular food for cattle and sheep.
Bentgrass – A type of grass used on golf courses because it is easy to cut and always looks tidy.
Carpetgrass – A type of creeping grass that forms a dense mat. It is usually green, but also appears in white, yellow, and purple hues. It is sometimes used to make rugs.
How To Cut Purple Fountain Grass
Most gardeners use a lawn mower or weed whacker to cut the grass. These are often run over small sections of the lawn, which allows the grass to be trimmed evenly all over.
These tools should not be used on creeping plants or flowers, as this can damage or even kill them. For these plants, it is better to use scissors or clippers. This allows you to make more precise cuts and shape the plant as you desire.
How To Keep Purple Fountain Grass Away From Other Plants
Most gardeners surround smaller plants with a raised bed filled with soil and gravel. This keeps the grass away from the plant and helps water drain away from the area. It also makes it easier to move heavy items such as bags of soil and large potted plants.
It’s A Jungle Out There
Some gardeners allow grass to grow all the way up to the edge of their property, but this makes it more difficult to mow and maintain your yard. Instead, you can dig a shallow trench along the property line and plant low-growing plants such as clover or thyme. This helps keep the grass from growing into your neighbor’s yard.
A variation of this technique is to build a raised bed that sits on the edge of your property. This can be made from wood or stone and filled with soil. The height of the raised bed should be at least a foot taller than the tallest plants in your yard.
Edging stones can be used to keep plants such as Hosta and bulbs in place.
You could also plant creeping flowers or small fruit trees close to the edge of your property. These plants are easy to maintain and they discourage the grass from growing into your yard. Flowers such as the Snow-in-Summer flower and the Mandarin Jasmine vine can be trained onto trellises to provide a visual barrier.
Some gardeners install a weed barrier over an area where they don’t want the grass to grow. The barrier is usually made from landscape fabric or netting and laid out over the ground. It is held in place by stones or soil on the edges.
This stops the grass from growing, but allows water and sunlight through.
You could also pave the area around your property to create a path or build a patio. This stops the grass from growing and makes the area easier to maintain. It also prevents weeds from growing in these sunny, dry areas.
Of course, you could always just jump in and start digging! Whether you plant something in the ground or not, the most important thing is to have fun creating a space that is all your own.
Fun Facts About Purple Fountain Grass
The purple fountain grass grows in the wild in the Eastern United States. It has soft, bluish-green leaves which turn bright purple in the autumn. The stems of the plant turn red as they age.
The flowers are purplish-red and grow on tall stalks. They usually bloom from April to August, but this can vary depending on where you live.
This plant is also known as the Eastern Purple Coneflower and Echinacea purpurea.
The leaves, flowers and roots of this plant have been used by Native Americans for thousands of years. It has become one of the most popular herbs in North America. It has been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions from cancer to syphilis.
While some studies have shown that this plant can stimulate the immune system, it is not effective for treating any medical conditions.
It was given its current name by the famous Swedish botanist, Carl von Linne. He and his students were the first people to classify plants according to modern scientific methods. This system is still used today and plants are known by two names: the first one is its current, popular name, the second is the name given to it by its classifier.
For example, we now know that the” purple cone flower” is scientifically known as Echinacea purpurea.
The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word for hedgehog. It refers to the spiny center cone of the flower, which resembles the spines on a hedgehog.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Ornamental grasses (2006) by JK Pittcock – and Landscape Architecture Oklahoma State University
100 Garden Tips and Timesavers by DH Trinklein – Flowers and houseplants, 2006 – mospace.umsystem.edu
Root and shoot growth of ‘Coral Beauty’cotoneaster and Leyland cypress produced in porous and nonporous containers by W Chandoha – 2005 – books.google.com