Author(s): Lawrie Metcalf
Ornamental grasses, with their interesting variety of forms and colours, are becoming increasingly attractive to gardeners. New Zealand has an intriguing range of native grasses, many of which are exceptionally fine garden plants, and these are now becoming more widely available through garden centres and specialist native plant nurseries.
The Cultivation of New Zealand Native Grasses is the first comprehensive guide to growing and propagating these useful plants. It sets out the cultural requirements necessary to produce and maintain attractive and healthy plants and how to landscape using grasses for a variety of purposes and situations, and suggests suitable companion plants.
Includes detailed descriptions and cultivation information for over 100 species and cultivars of native grasses. Illustrated with beautiful line drawings and informative photographs, this book is a significant addition to the literature on gardening with New Zealand native plants.
Part 1 Gardening with native grasses: purchasing plants; soils; planting; spacing; mulching; maintenance; propagation; seed; division. Part 2 Landscaping with native grasses: specimen planting; ground-cover; rock gardens; watersides and damp places; shady places; coastal gardens; natural or wild gardens; environmental plantings; containers. Part 3 Associating other plants with native grasses: trees and shrubs; herbaceous plants; ground-cover plants. Part 4 A-Z of native grasses. Part 5 Sources of native grasses.