Ornamental grasses have become an integral part of the garden and offer many possibilities for an interesting garden design. Growing ornamental grasses in pots is a great way to showcase the grasses without fear of them spreading or overgrowing the garden. Furthermore, higher growing varieties are perfect as privacy screens for terraces and balconies. They not only protect against prying eyes, but also shield the street noise and at the same time create a pleasant rustling in the outdoor area. Here we name some of the best tall weeds for pots, which are perfect for natural and inexpensive privacy protection in the garden.
Tall grass for buckets: you have to pay attention to this when choosing
Tall grasses in pots are usually used to screen or optically separate different areas in the garden or on the terrace. If the selected grass fulfills a function of privacy protection, then you have to choose species that grow up quickly and form a dense growth. Some grasses grow wide and are therefore less suitable for this purpose. So you have to pay attention to the ripe width of the ornamental grass and its shape. Because there is nothing worse than whispering leaves that tickle your nose with an evening drink. Fortunately, there are some grasses that are more vertical than spherical in shape; H. they grow in height without overhanging too much.
In order for these ornamental grass species to reach a sufficient height, they need sufficiently large containers and good care. Another tip: You can simply plant varieties that do not grow tall enough in taller pots.
Top 5 of the most beautiful tall grasses for buckets
When looking for tall grass for buckets, the bamboo should not be overlooked. Contrary to popular belief, bamboo belongs to the grass family. How to care for a bamboo in the bucket and which varieties are suitable as a privacy screen, read in this post.
Here we have listed 5 other beautiful ornamental grass species that grow upright and are well suited as privacy screens for gardens, patios and balconies.
1. Riding grass (Calamagrostis)
The riding grass is a popular ornamental grass species for the garden, as it does not grow rampant. It is also well suited for planting in pots and offers good privacy protection with its dense, high clumps. Riding grass grows upright and can reach a height of 180 cm. The bucket should have a minimum volume of 20 liters and have two or three drainage holes.
Location: sunny or partial shade
Substrate: Mixture of sand, compost and garden soil
To water: regularly so that the root ball does not dry out
Height: up to 180 cm
Suitable varieties: ‘Karl Foerster’
2. Chinese reed (Miscanthus)
One of the most beautiful grasses for buckets is the Chinese reed. As a hedge, it offers a good alternative to bamboo, but the grass also thrives in the tub if properly cared for. These grasses form an effective but gentle privacy screen, and when the panicles of flowers appear in high to late summer, the effect is magical. The right bucket should be twice the size of the root ball, i.e. at least 30 liters capacity.
Location: as sunny as possible
Substrate: fresh, slightly moist soil, high-quality potting soil
To water: water regularly
Height: 150 to 180 cm
Suitable varieties: ‘Morning Light’, ‘Federweißer’, ‘Strictus’
3. Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Popular in coastal towns for its salt tolerance, pampas grass can thrive in a variety of soils as long as it can spend plenty of time in the warm sun. The pampas grass is a statue-like plant whose artistic plume flowers are always an eye-catcher and appear almost weightless when they bend and sway in the wind. And the best thing is that the popular ornamental grass can be kept in the bucket without any problems. It is a great option for natural privacy protection on the terrace.
The right pot must have a volume of at least 40 liters and a suitable drainage system. Pampas grass needs a little more care in the tub than in the garden, i.e. fertilize regularly and water a lot during dry periods.
Substrate: high quality potting soil or potting soil
To water: Water regularly during dry periods in summer
Height: 140 to 250 cm
Suitable varieties: ‘Pink Feather’, ‘Evita’, ‘Sunningdale River’ (evergreen)
4. Feather grass, giant feather grass (Stipa gigantea)
The feather grass cuts a particularly good figure on the balcony or terrace. It usually forms dense, rounded clumps, with some species such as the giant feather grass also growing upright. Between July and September the distinctive flower panicles appear in white, silvery or yellowish.
Location: full sun to full sun
Substrate: sandy-dry, nutrient-poor soil, rich in lime
To water: Pour regularly in the bucket
Height: 150 to 200 cm
Suitable varieties: ‘Gold fountain’
5. Switchgrass (Panicum vigantum)
Switchgrass is an ornamental grass that combines filigree flowers with red or yellow colored leaf decorations. Not only does it look very appealing, it requires almost no maintenance. The corn blossoms adorn balconies and terraces from July to September and the upright, pointed blades of grass block the view.
Location: full sun
Substrate: well-drained, nutrient-rich soil, moderately dry to fresh
To water: irrigate thoroughly in the first year, then less often
Height: 170 to 200 cm
Suitable varieties: ‘Northwind’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Dallas Blues’
Hibernate ornamental grasses in the bucket
Grasses are perfect as privacy screens and transform gardens and terraces into a natural oasis. The only downside is that grasses in pots are less hardy. If you have space in a sheltered space such as a greenhouse, garage or basement, you can simply put the containers inside for the winter. It is therefore worth placing the tubs on plant rollers so that they can be moved more easily.