French garden diary - April 2019

How do your tall grasses grow? Cathy Thompson gives her tips for creating elegant textures using tall grasses

What does the April garden mean to you? If I am not enjoying tulips, daffodils and early-flowering Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, I am usually rushing to finish the jobs I did not quite complete in February/March, because it was too wet to walk on borders. And, as early as possible, I have to lift, divide or cut back ornamental grasses.

Grasses generally fall into two groups. The first group are those coming from warmer, Mediterranean climates. They include some of the prettiest, most delicate grasses, often used in public parks displays: feathery little Stipa capillata and ...

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