Grave design with grasses: You must pay attention to this when choosing plants

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Graves do not always have to be planted with pansies. You can do it e.g. also beautify with grasses. It depends only on the right varieties.

You can also combine grasses and groundcover

It does not always have to be the typical grave plants. The tomb, with a well-balanced grass plantation, also becomes a place of peace and reflection. Particularly well suited are above all kinds, which differ in the height and structure. This creates a pleasant, peaceful picture. You can even work with different colors. Another plus: most ornamental grasses need little care.

Stylish grave planting with grasses

When grave design with grasses you have basically several options. You can e.g. plant single grassy cones and combine with groundcover, gravel or flowering plants.

The second variant is a complete planting of the grave area with grasses. In this case, it is important that the grasses are different in height.

Ornamental grasses come in many different shapes and colors. The filigree blades of grass and the diverse blossoms provide for a lively, yet tranquil-calm grave design. Many grasses even bloom from summer to fall. But even in winter, there is a nice picture. Namely, when hoarfrost lies on the blades of grass. Important in the selection of grasses is only that you do not select strong proliferating varieties. The grasses should not extend beyond the grave. In addition, winter hardy varieties are generally best for grave planting.

The most beautiful grasses for grave design

Pampas grass:

The tall pampas grass is a dominant variety, which is best seen on a double grave. The perennial can grow up to a meter high and impresses with silvery white or pink flower fronds.

Fescue species:

Also a nice eye-catcher, but lower in growth: the Schwingel species bearskin fescue, Atlasschwingel and Blauschwingel. They grow in a spherical shape and provide several gray-green shades of blue.

Fountain Grass:

The lamp cleaner grass is another attractive grass species. It forms impressive flowers from August to October. These spiky, bright inflorescences are also the names that give the grass.

Reddish grasses:

Reddish grasses are a welcome change when planted with grasses. Here mahogany grass, red love grass and red-green miscanthus impressively come into their own. The miscanthus is available in many other variants. But always pay attention to small varieties, so that the reeds do not disturb the overall design.

Our tip:

After the planting of the grass bushes, soil always remains visible between the plants in the first year. Simply fill in the gaps with bark mulch. This results in a neat picture right from the start.

This is how you look after the grasses properly

Grasses prefer a loose, humus-rich to sandy soil in which they can grow well. Once this is done, further care is limited. After the winter, you only have to remove the dead plant parts and cut back the grass stumps. In spring and summer occasional fertilization makes sense. On the other hand, you only have to water regularly if the summer is very hot and dry.


  • pay attention to hardy varieties when buying
  • plant low and high grasses alternately
  • pay attention to a loose, humusous to sandy bottom
  • cut back and fertilize in spring
  • Watering usually only necessary in midsummer

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