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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No longer relegated to back-of-the-border backdrops for showy perennials or space-filling solutions for inconsequential garden areas, ornamental grasses are moving front and center as befits their versatile, adaptable, and irresistible nature. From their burnished glow when backlit by a setting sun to the textural richness they bring to a mixed border, grasses offer much in the way of gardening excitement and distinction yet require little maintenance in return. After succinctly covering the cultural basics of grass gardening, Ondra concentrates her efforts on extolling their multifaceted design distinctions. For every garden element, from borders, pathways, and containers to location challenges such as shade, slopes and screening, Ondra's capsule "designer's choices" offer brief but essential descriptions to aid in plant selection and planning considerations, and quick-reference lists highlight grasses that work well in such diverse conditions as hot-and-dry sites and low-and-wet bogs. Supported by Saxon Holt's captivating color photographs, Ondra elevates grasses from garden understudies to starring roles. Carol Haggas
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“Looking for handsome foliage, fascinating flowers and eye-catching fall color? Try Grasses…”

—Publishers Weekly

 

"Supported by Saxon Holt's captivating color photographs, Ondra [Nancy] elevates grasses from garden understudies to starring roles.” —Booklist

 

“Grasses…one of the year’s best new garden guides.” —Country Living Gardener

 

“Beginning and advanced gardeners alike will find this book full of inspiration and advice on how to get the most from ornamental grasses.” —Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Love ornamental grasses but don’t know how to work them into your garden?  This book offers design possibilities…” —Houston Chronicle

 

"Plenty of photos of the many grass choices can help you focus on varieties that mesh with your interests." – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

“Illustrated with spectacular photos by Saxon Holt, Grasses focuses on design themes in landscapes throughout the seasons.” —Indianapolis Star

 

" If your vision of grasses is limited to the wheat fields of Kansas, this book on ornamental grasses is sure to expand your horizons—and may even inspire you…" – Hartford Courant

 

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They add so much wonderful texture to perennial collections and the landscape.
Lorenzo Moog
Grasses by freelance gardening writer Nancy J. Ondra is a beautiful and practical guide to raising ornamental grasses in one's garden.
Midwest Book Review
If you want to learn about how to use grasses in your garden, this IS the book to choose.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Grasses by freelance gardening writer Nancy J. Ondra is a beautiful and practical guide to raising ornamental grasses in one's garden. Filled cover to cover with excellent color photographs by life-long gardener and gardening photographer Saxon Holt of aesthetic and splendid grasses, the profusely illustrated text presents the reader with a wide choice of colored grasses to best accentuate the beauty of one's garden and how to best select choice plants for wet, dry, hot, or shady sites. Highly recommended for personal and professional gardening, horticultural and landscaping reference collections, even non-gardeners will appreciate the dazzling, coffee-table book quality photography of this singularly elegant yet practical guide.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Moog on March 11, 2007
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Grasses. They add so much wonderful texture to perennial collections and the landscape. They add terrific movement, catching the smallest breezes, defying the strongest winds and I wanted them in my garden however I knew so little about them. Then along came this terrific book by Nancy J. Ondra with photographs by Saxon Holt. Everything about this book is appealing.
I appreciate the way it is laid out in four sections; Getting to Know Grasses, Color Palettes, Seasonal Usage and Selecting for Location. Ms. Ondra is a font of information without overloading your brain and as a Grasses Novice I find that useful. The photography by Mr. Holt is truly beautiful, with most of the photographs taken in combinations with other plant materials so you can get the feel of the various Grasses in the landscape. Section Four (p.94) really helps you get down to the nitty-gritty of making the appropriate selections for various soils and exposures. This is the sort of book to use year in and year out and I think would be useful to professional and advanced gardners as well as beginners. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this volume. Highly recommended!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Northeast Gardener on July 17, 2008
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This book is full of great photos of grasses in gardens, and I find it inspirational. It shows grasses mixed with other common perennials in situations most gardeners could replicate in their own gardens. The author includes growing tips and site preferences for many different species.
There are some books you always reach for on a certain type of plant, and this is the one I find myself always reaching for on grasses. I happen to be a Master Gardener who loves ornamental grass gardening.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TZK on November 20, 2009
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I borrowed this book from the library. I highly recommend this book for anyone who plans to use a lot of grasses when landscaping. The photos are wonderful and the information about the grasses is very useful. One chapter is titled Color Palettes; it has photos & info about grasses in colors groups such as "golds & bronzes", "cool blues & quiet grays", Dark-leaved & Variegated. The Problem Solver chapter is divided into sections such as "Hot, Dry Sites", Moisture-Lovers, Shade-Lovers, Ground Covers & Low Maintenance. I have a very small yard with little space for grasses so I am not going to purchase this book but I would definitely buy this book if I had more space for landscaping.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fox on October 1, 2007
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Love this book, wonderful pictures, but --- I find myself looking for a comprehensive chart / list that gives an overview -- so that you can make gardening choices easier ... examples; height, color, cool/warm, best conditions, clump or creep, zones --- well you get the point . . .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kris_eve on March 6, 2011
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I easily own 30+ gardening books, and am always on the look out for something new & special. This one absolutely fits the bill. It is hands down my favorite grasses book, and in the top 5 of design/inspiration books for me. It has so much to offer - the pictures are gorgeous, the grasses showcased offer an incredible array of textures & colors, the descriptions are thorough, different plantings recommended per dry/wet/hot/shaded sites are incredibly helpful. I live in the Rocky Mountain Region & found that it had excellent suggestions for all zones. You'll love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SueWayne on September 1, 2012
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After first thumbing through this book at my local Extension, I bought a copy for myself. I enjoyed many hours of reading and studying all of the excellent information, and admiring the beautiful photographs. Guided by the garden designs provided, I created my own ornamental grass garden at our creek not too much different than the cover photo. I also added many featured perennial grasses to my backyard meditation garden--even added the two purple Adirondack chairs shown on Page 79. Having received many positive comments, I have bought copies of this book from Amazon for other local avid gardeners. It is the best informational grass book I've found. Karen F
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By handpapermaker on August 18, 2011
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I approached gardening from two aspects; what will grow in my 5 acre dryland, sandy Michigan garden and what plants can I use in my handmade papers. Ornamental grasses make for wonderful inclusions in my handmade papers!

The book was my first introduction to ornamental grasses some 10-11 years ago. This was the first of many books on grasses that I have bought and store in the small bookshelf above my bedstead. It has become my "go to" book on grasses. When winter comes, the snow blows and I am unable to no longer dig in the dirt this is one of the first books I grab to read and reread and reread.

This is the book that first keyed me into the differences between clumping grasses (say yes!) and invasive grasses (a no no!) From this book I learned to mix grasses with certain perennials for year season-round interest, to plant many grasses together for a greater impact, to NOT bother to amend the soil as ornamental grasses actually prefer poorer soil and so on.

Using this book as my guide I planted Micanthesis Senthesis around my round hottub deck as a living screen one of the most effective areas I have in my garden and definitely the most commented upon place in my garden.

This book gave me an introdution this authors way of gardening and has inspired me to follow her additional writing in both magazines and books.

I like a book filled with color photographs of actual gardens, displays, combinations, ideas and inspiration and this book does not disappoint.
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