Even though I see the big clump of Pampas grass every day, it's winter beauty didn't register until yesterday. All around the lake is drab, except for the perky spot of green with creamy white feathers floating above. Pampas grass is can be a great addition to a yard for year-round interest. It grows very fast and can get up to 8 feet high and just as wide, so it's perfect for big, empty spaces. The leaves fall gracefully and are a nice contrast to other plants in the garden. In summer, it sprouts big feathery seed heads that last into the winter.
It’s tough, too. Hardy in zones 7-11, it can thrive on steep banks, in poor soil, and needs no special care. I read that it doesn’t do well in soggy spots, but the one above is right at the edge of the lake. Pampas grass has very thick foliage, so it makes a great privacy screen or windbreak.The downside is the grass clump makes a great home for rodents and reptiles.
It's amazing that something in the yard that I see every day can suddenly catch my interest. Now that the Pampas grass has my attention, I won't overlook it again.