Collaboration Profile Series - Piet Oudolf

Our 2018-2019 Catalog of Grasses focuses on collaborations within and outside the green industry. In this post, we continue our collaboration profile series with influential Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf.

Piet Oudolf with John Hoffman

Oudolf is a leading figure in the “New Perennial” movement, and his projects have helped fuel the popularity of grasses. With a vast and intimate knowledge of plants, Oudolf selects each plant he uses with care and precision. Our customers will benefit from his expertise as we work with him to bring new grasses to the U.S. market. It starts with the introduction of Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’, a Switchgrass selected from his garden.

Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’ is destined to be a classic. Oudolf discovered this delightful selection of our native species in a nursery plot in Hummelo, Netherlands. It bears flowering spikes with soft gray color at the top, followed by splendid, purple seed heads. With a manageable height of 4’, its narrow, upright habit make it perfect for a range of landscape applications. It has the same toughness and adaptability you’ll find in other Switchgrass cultivars. We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers one of Piet’s picks with Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’.

According to Oudolf, the collaboration with Hoffman Nursery made sense:

“I wanted to bring some of my favorite grasses to the U.S. market. Hoffman Nursery’s production expertise and familiarity with the plants made this collaboration a natural fit. When designers and nurseries work together, our clients and their customers get better plants.”

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