What is a monocot? Well, in its basic terms, a monocot is any plant that germinates from seed and produces one seedling leaf. Examples are corn, lilies, tulips, palm trees, and all of the grasses we typically use for home lawns. Monocots share space with dicots in the major group of plants called angiosperms, also known as the flowering plant group. Dicots germinate with two seedling leaves and are often called broadleafed plants.
Monocot Meadow's main goal is to display the wide range of ornamental grasses, bulbs, and other similar "one-seedling leaf" plants that can be used in the landscape. Monocots can be used in the landscape for a multitude of reasons:
- to replace water-loving lawns
- to provide interesting foliage shapes and textures
- to introduce unusual colors which provide variety and beauty to the garden
- to induce movement, as many ornamental grasses sway graciously with the wind
Monocot Meadow was first a 3,000 square foot lawn that required frequent watering, fertilizers, and mowing. Construction began in 2009 with the removal of the lawn, the change of the irrigation system from spray heads to micro-sprays, and the building of mounds and paths. The first planting day occurred on March 19th, 2011. Signage identifies the scientific and common names of each monocot. This garden also features approximately 10 different varieties of New Zealand flax. For a dowloadable guide, click here.
Also, keep your eyes out for the planting of our two art features: a praying mantis and an outdoor double bed.