ornamental grasses, sedges
The colour encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, cat-tails and selected bamboos

By Rick Darke


Published in 1999 by Timber Press, colour, hardcover, 325 pages


Price $A89.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 0881924644 or ISBN 9780881924640


[Note: some of the plants described in this book are serious weeds (some noxious) in Australia]

This encyclopedia by a distinguished American horticulturist is an authoritative and beautifully illustrated reference on ornamental grasses. The author explores the unique aesthetics of grasses and suggests ways of maximising these qualities in the garden. He advocates studying grasses in their native habitat to learn their cultural needs, and to recognise natural patterns that can be emulated in landscape designs. At the heart of the book is the illustrated alphabetical encyclopedia - many of the most important plants are illustrated in more than one season. The book is an invaluable tool for landscape architects, garden designers, nursery professionals, and home gardeners who seek to extend their knowledge of these beautiful and useful plants.


Table of contents




Chapter 1 The beauty of grasses

Chapter 2 The families of grasses and their relatives

Chapter 3 The names of grasses

Chapter 4 Learning from grasses in native habitats

Chapter 5 Designing with grasses

Chapter 6 Growing and maintaining grasses

Chapter 7 Encyclopedia of grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, cat-tails and selected bamboos (pages 131-300)



Nursery sources

USDA hardiness zone map

European hardiness zone map

Index of common names

Index of botanical names