Ornamental grasses are clearly one of the latest garden trends. These delicate plants give each garden a special charm, regardless of whether it is laid out in a minimalist style or rather playful and natural. Most plants of this type are perennials at the same time, and are perennials. These are generally robust and easy to maintain and not only give the garden a refined structure, but also some fresh color accents in gold, brown, red or even violet. One of the most popular ornamental grasses in Germany is definitely Panicum virgatum – the millet. It was not for nothing that this was chosen by the Federation of German Perennial Gardeners for Perennials of 2020. Below you will learn more about the remarkable perennial and how you should really take care of it in your own garden.
Create structure in the garden with the majestic millet
Caring for the millet properly
You don’t necessarily have to have a green thumb to bring the millet into your garden. Because this perennial is very easy to care for. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should consider if you want to get more of the beauty of your stalks. For example, you should plant them in a loamy or sandy soil that is alkaline to slightly acidic.
If the soil is also rich in humus and nutrients, you hardly need to fertilize the perennial later. A sunny, sheltered place in the garden, where there is no waterlogging, would be ideal for the millet. This is most important later in winter, because the ornamental grass is completely hardy, but quite sensitive to winter waterlogging. His nest, however, reacts with putrefaction and mold and in most cases this leads to the spoilage of the plant.
Delicate stalks with delicate contours
Frost, on the other hand, hardly affects the millet. The perennial can withstand temperatures down to – 28 degrees Celsius in many cases. To help the plant hibernate, you can tie your stalks into a braid with a rope before the first winter frost. If you have the ornamental grass in the bucket, you should cover it with fleece or foil, so that the roots of the plant do not freeze to death.
Planted in the ground, the millet is generally in good hands in winter
When and how do you cut the millet?
The perennial develops its delicate flowers between July and September. However, their maximum color splendor is reached in late summer and early autumn. The stalks turn golden yellow in some varieties, red or violet in others and others remain subtly brownish. Whether your millet looks really nice or not depends largely on the right cutting. You shouldn’t do this until early spring. Make sure that there are no new shoots yet. Otherwise you can injure them with scissors and cause brown spots on the ornamental grass. Never cut back the perennials in autumn or winter. The withered stalks are extremely important, not only for the winter of the plant itself, but also for many beneficial insects in the garden, which find a refuge in winter that is essential for survival.
The real beauty of these ornamental grasses is in the straws themselves
The best partners for the millet
No matter how gorgeous and elegant decorative glasses look, standing alone in the garden can look rather boring. Find the right plants that match and create a real garden paradise with a unique charm. As a support, you should always remember that in spring and early summer, millet is rather green and low and only later becomes high and colored. Therefore, you should ideally combine these with late bloomers. The best partners for this are rather higher garden plants such as the October margarites and the candelabrum honorary award. In terms of color, these also match the perennial of the year perfectly. You can also plant other garden favorites such as upholstery phlox, asters, girl’s eye and echinacea next to the millet.
With the right partner plants, the perennial comes into its own even more intensely
Take care of your millet with love and patience and it will thank you with its beautiful structure and soft colors in late summer and autumn. Invite the perennial of 2020 to your garden and trust the experience of many expert perennial gardeners and botanists.
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