As I was adding some Spring touches to my home this week, I decided to create a live grass centerpiece for my breakfast table. I had admired several images on Pinterest of Wheatgrass in Spring decor. Unfortunately, by the time I thought of it, it was too late to order Wheatgrass seeds, plant them, and wait until my grass grew to a respectable length. Also, I have to confess, that I am more of an immediate gratification kind of girl, so waiting for grass to grow is not my thing. With this in mind, I searched all over town for pots or flats of Wheatgrass, but much to my surprise, I couldn’t find any.
Still, I didn’t want to resort to using faux grass. And anyway, the low-sided galvanized basket I wanted to use for my centerpiece was too large to fill with faux grass as it would be too expensive. After looking around for an alternative, I ultimately chose to buy Mondo Grass (readily available at most nurseries) for $1.80 a 3¼” pot instead of Wheatgrass.
Mondo or Monkey grass is not a true grass, but rather, it is an evergreen perennial ground-cover that only grows 6 to 10 inches tall. It is not as light or bright green as Wheatgrass, but I thought the darker color would make a nice contrast to the bright Spring flowers I intended to plant along with it. An additional benefit of Mondo Grass is that when you dismantle your live grass centerpiece, you can plant the ground-cover in your garden.
To prepare my metal basket for the grass, I lined it with a heavy-duty lawn garbage bag so that water would not rust it or leak out of the bottom. I then thoroughly watered the 12 pots of grass and placed them in the basket. To prevent them from drying out, and to avoid having to remove them from the basket to water them, spritz them with a spray bottle daily.
Initially, I had thought about integrating small pots of Tulips or Daffodils in with the grass, but wanted the flowers to look as if they were growing naturally in the grass. So instead, I “planted” faux Dwarf Narcissus in the soil of the grass pots. If you wanted to use real flowers, you could place Spring cut stems in water-filled flower tubes and insert them in the pots along with the grass (florists will often just give you several of these tubes if you ask).
By using Mondo grass instead of Wheatgrass, you can quickly and easily create a live grass centerpiece that will beautifully decorate your table for the entire Spring season and can also be the focal point of your Easter tablescape.
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