For the past twenty years Michael has lived in the Netherlands where he, writes, designs and gardens. His ﬁrst two books, written jointly with Piet Oudolf, revealed how to use ornamental grasses and other perennials in the new naturalistic gardens, a popular trend across Europe.
Ornamental grasses are a core component of a designer’s planting palette, that excel when planted in association with a diverse range of other plants. Their impact is universal and we need to know just how to control and used their bold, often dominant, presence in our designs. As powerful design features they can be highly effective, but they can also be disruptive and overpowering if not handled with care.
On this course Michael focuses on the best grasses for a wide range of different growing conditions and situations and learn how to exploit the unique qualities of this large and diverse group of plants with plentiful examples of specific grasses and inspiring designs.
On completing this course you will be able to use grasses confidently and sensitively within your landscape designs and detailed planting schemes. You will be able to bring contrast and focus to your designs through their bold visual characteristics and to make a link with the natural world through their associations with the countryside beyond the garden fence.