Impressionism in a Meadow Garden

Today we’re visiting TJ Mrazik’s garden in Worcester, Pennsylvania.

My home garden has won four Blue Ribbon awards from my state horticultural society. It is a naturalistic, meadow-style garden with soft color palettes and hues made up predominately of cool- and warm-season ornamental grasses intermingled with wildflowers. It supports native pollinators and wildlife. Always changing and maturing, the garden is interesting all four season of the year.

The photos are from late summer, fall, and early winter. They demonstrate the blending of soft palette, subtle hues, texture, and movement of a naturalistic, meadow-style garden. It is almost like an impressionistic painting.

Matured little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium, Zones 3–9), Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha, Zones 4–9), morning light miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Zones 4–9), and tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, Zones 4–8) comprise a lovely winter show.

close up of pink and orange ornamental grassesPink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris, Zones 6–9), little bluestem, Amsonia (Zones 5–8), and ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass put on a fall show of evolving colors.

Panicles in front of pink ornamental grassPanicles of Korean feather reed grass stand tall amid a show of pink muhly grass and little bluestem.

close up of ornamental grass and fine textured perennialLate summer: Amsonia hubrichtii, ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ (Zones 4–10), and little bluestem

another close up of pink ornamental grassLate fall: confluence of pink muhly grass, little bluestem, and ‘Goldtau’ tufted hair grass


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