In a Vase on Monday: Spotlight on Muhly

The muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is now in its blooming glory, so I thought it might be nice to try to capture its beauty in a vase this Monday. I know that the best way to see muhly grass is when it is backlighted by the sun. Photographing it inside just doesn’t do it justice, so I asked my Arranger, after she put the finishing touches on the arrangement, to hold it up out in the garden for the photo.


She added a few blooms of a pink Encore azalea and sprigs from ‘Sunshine’ ligustrum.


The Muhly grass blooms on this clump are as pretty as I can remember.


My thanks go to Cathy Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Please visit her and see what she and others are sharing from their gardens this week.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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23 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Spotlight on Muhly

  1. It is indeed extremely pretty! I have never seen anything like it.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    So pretty – the Arranger did a fabulous job!


  3. Cathy says:

    Fabulous! I have a new Muhly grass which is struggling to produce just one flower, so I hope it will be as glorious as this one day!


  4. HesterLeyNel says:

    Beautiful plant and the Arranger is very talented – that is a great combination that she put together.


  5. Christina says:

    This is my favourite case so far, really stunning combination. I tried this lovely grass here sadly with no success, but if I find it again I will try again; it would be worth the effort.

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  6. A Study in Pink 😀 The arranger is a genius, and love all your pictures!


  7. Susi Lovell says:

    Great flowing effect – like a river – of the azalea. Love it!


  8. Cathy says:

    My goodness, that grass is pretty – and the azalea is a great match for it. Thanks for sharing


  9. Elizabeth says:

    I took note of your muhly grass last year and found one for my garden this year! Only one tiny branch bloomed this year. I’m afraid it won’t survive a pittsburgh winter – so I’m thinking i will bring it inside and try to overwinter it. Do you cut it back after it blooms?


  10. pbmgarden says:

    Excellent idea to experiment with pink muhly in an arrangement.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Susie. I had tried on several occasions this year and last to use muhly. Only when I decided to try to photograph it outside with the sun in back did it turn out to be presentable.


  11. Wow, what a great grass. Fantastic vase!


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