A new, undemanding plant is finding its way into our apartments. Interior designers, shopkeepers, and influencers are just as addicted to the easy-care, delicate, feathery decorative plant as wedding planners and photographers. Everyone seems to agree on pampas grass. The fluffy ornamental grass, also known in botanical circles under Cortaderia selloana, is primarily native to South America. Its natural habitat extends from southern California, and the plant also feels at home in New Zealand. In fact, its wild growth even had to be curbed in some regions there because the grass multiplied too much. In nature, pampas grass occurs in various shades of neutral colors, from silvery gray to light beige to spike-colored gold.
Why Pampas Grass Is so Popular for Decoration
Pampas grass is there as a decorative element, but also not. The dried ornamental grass is by no means a statement piece in the home interior; rather, it sets skilfully small accents through its restraint. It is made to last and only really blossoms when neglected. Unlike roses fading or fig trees that require intensive maintenance, stalks of pampas grass are uncomplicated and versatile.
They bring a natural element into the room, similar to a floral arrangement, but are neutral enough to adapt to almost any color palette and interior style. Ornamental grass such as dried Cortaderia selloana has a soft but structure-rich quality that sensitive flowers and plants often do not have. That is why it gives a room a calm and calming structure, the plant-grown Kashmir blanket, so to speak.
It is both fluffy and has a visible texture, and soft and yet architectural in character. As a natural material, it also creates a connection between the interior and the exterior. The ornamental grass conjures up a feeling of lightness, comfort, and peace of mind that everyone somehow longs for. Reason enough to plant the wonderfully uncomplicated grass outside the windows.
Pampas Grass in The Garden and On the Terrace
Instead of buying dried pampas grass, it is also a great alternative to plant the ornamental grass yourself in the garden in front of and behind the house. Despite its South American origins, the plant also grows in Europe and grows up to 3.00 m in German regions. It is also winter hardy. It grows best in full sun and dry soil – unlike the very similar-looking reeds with which pampas grass is sometimes confused.
Pampas grass also likes it when there is space around it. Although it can also be planted in a planter, it will not be as high as if it were grown freely with sufficient room to spread all around. The female stalks form soft, silvery-white panicles. The panicles of the male plant are a bit more stubborn and often turn silvery-gray with pink nuances. If you bring the tender grass into your garden, you can not only create a magical privacy screen.
In modern gardens with stricter lines, the dynamic plant is also a perfect soft focus that sets just as chic accents outdoors as it does inside as dried decorative grass. And if you have Cortaderia selloana in your garden anyway, you have an almost endless source of homemade dry ornamental grass for decorating your interior. However, there are a few things to consider.
Dry the Pampas Grass Yourself to Decorate
– It is best not to use the freshly planted pampas grass from the garden directly. The bigger and older the plant, the faster it will recover from the cut. That is why you should give your pampas grass sufficient time to adapt to the substrate, location, and climatic conditions in the garden before you use your stalks.
– You should also be careful when cutting because the plant has sharp edges, like roses’ thorns.
– After the grass stalks have been cut, they must be hung upside down on a thread. So they should be allowed to dry for at least 3 weeks.
– Before the stalks are used for decorative purposes, they should be sprayed with a sealing spray for plants, clear lacquer, or just hairspray. This makes them last longer.
– If you want to set color accents, you can also spray your dried pampas grass with colored varnish beforehand. To match the texture of the plant, natural pastel tones are particularly recommended. But also strong colors like a rich purple or fuchsia can – for example, in combination with some natural stalks – be a chic splash of color.