Grasses   -     By: Nancy J. Ondra
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From spring green to winter gold, the drama of grasses is non-stop. Easy-to-grow, long-lived, and low-maintenance, these perennials come in varied colors and textures -- the striking yellow-and-green ostrich plumes of Zebra Grass, the fine-textured leaves of Blue Oat Grass, Flame Grass's dazzling red-orange leaves, Fountain Grass's coppery brushes, the rich brown nuggets of Northern Sea Oats, and the feathery purple haze of Switch Grass.

Here is a complete introduction to using ornamental grasses in combination with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and other garden plants. Beautiful full-color photos by award-winning photographer Saxon Holt illuminate plans for 24 grass-featured gardens, complete with identification and growing guide and landscape plans for all North American hardiness zones. Paperback, 143 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 158017423X
ISBN-13: 9781580174237

Publisher's Description

From the dazzling orange leaves of Flame Grass to the feathery purple haze of Switch Grass, ornamental grasses can add a vibrant and colorful dimension to any garden. Nancy J. Ondra shows you how to use grasses on their own or in tandem with perennials, annuals, and shrubs to add visual interest and texture to your outdoor space. Insightful profiles of dozens of varieties of ornamental grasses enlivened by Saxon Holt’s stunning photography will inspire you to create your own dynamic, grass-filled gardens. 

Author Bio

Nancy J. Ondra, author of Container Theme Gardens, is a garden writer and editor as well as the former owner and operator of a small rare-plant nursery. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), Five-Plant Gardens, The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at

Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.

Editorial Reviews

“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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