• Diana Westland

Ornamental Grasses – Go Native

by Diana Westland, Mississauga Master Gardener and BB member/volunteer

I have been interested to see the increase in the amount and variety of ornamental grasses for sale in the local nurseries over the past few years. See Garden Center Magazine - March 2021 - No flower, no problem where this trend is discussed. The reason for the public interest in grasses is due to the striking visual interest these grasses have throughout the year. Grasses are also drought and pest resistant which would be another attraction for the busy homeowner. Sadly, non-native grasses frequently outsell native grasses at many nurseries, a lost opportunity to restore natural ecosystems.