Last week, as my husband and I were pulling out our local Home Depot’s parking lot – I saw what looked like mini Christmas trees throughout the parking lot islands.
I grabbed my cell phone and took a picture of these funny-shaped plants.
Do you want to know what they are?
Those cone-shaped plants are in reality badly-pruned ‘Regal Mist’ (Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’) ornamental grasses.
Although they are badly pruned, they did get some things right.
– For example, Regal Mist is a great plant for parking lot islands.
– In addition, they were pruned at the right time of year.
Just not the right way…
Regal Mist should be prune back to 4 – 6 inches in height, straight across.
Believe it or not, pruning them the correct way is easier then making them cone-shaped.
Once the warmer temperatures of spring arrive, these beautiful ornamental grasses will leaf out again.
Once fall arrives, they will produce burgundy plumes…
In winter, the plumes will fade and become straw colored.
The Regal Mist, below, weren’t pruned the right way either.
They resemble rounded balls and weren’t cut back enough. But, they look much better then the mini Christmas tree shaped ones. Don’t you think?
Do you grow Regal Mist?
I love these grasses and have planted them in many areas, including along golf courses, churches and other common areas.
They are also great for the home landscape as well.
I especially like that they have to be pruned only once a year.