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Tall grass for buckets: These ornamental grasses are perfect as privacy screens!

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

Design the terrace with ornamental grasses in pots

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

Grasses as a privacy screen, potted plants for patio bamboo

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.

Tall grass for tubs of riding grass with petunias as plant partners

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)

Tall ornamental grasses in the bucket serve as a privacy screen for the terrace

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’

Grasses for tubs as a privacy screen for riding grass

2. Chinese reed (Miscanthus)

Which ornamental grasses for tubs as a privacy screen for the terrace

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’

Chinese reed high varieties Strictus for tubs as privacy screens

3. Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)

Pampas grass for tubs as a privacy screen for the terrace and garden

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.

Location: sunny

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)

Tall grass for tubs, upright growing pampas grass

4. Feather grass, giant feather grass (Stipa gigantea)

Feather grass in the bucket as a privacy screen

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’

Feather grass in the bucket with flowers

5. Switchgrass (Panicum vigantum)

Switchgrass Panicum Northwind in a bucket as a privacy screen

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’

The most beautiful tall grass for buckets of switchgrass

Hibernate ornamental grasses in the bucket

Ornamental grass in the bucket on the terrace

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.