I’m sure you’ve seen this gorgeous and fluffy grass floating around all over your favorite social media accounts and wondered how to recreate this look for yourself. Me too! So much so that when we built our house last year I forced my husband to plant some. Not only to add a textural element to our landscaping but to use indoors as well. It blooms from September through February so its the perfect fall foliage staple.
Where to Find It
Wondering where to find Pampas? Well you could plant some like us and wait for it to bloom, you could forage for it (in a safe location of course) or buy it online. Literally, googling dried Pampas grass will instantly provide a thousand links.
Purchasing / Foraging Tips
Make sure you are selecting reeds that are tall and strong with plumes that are full and fluffy. You can even shift your focus on using vendors who pre-treat them for minimal shedding. You are bound to loose some fullness if they aren’t pre-treated so keep that in mind for shipping. Also, be sure to pick out your vase first and consider its measurements when purchasing. When foraging or cutting them yourself be sure to wear gloves. Pampas Grass can actually cut you if you aren’t careful. Like mentioned above, before cutting consider your vase measurements and cut then accordingly.
Photo by: Lindsey La Rue
Care / Conditioning Tips
Although Pampas Grass is dried and generally low maintenance it sheds like crazy when it’s not conditioned properly. Follow these expert tips to maximize the life of those beautiful stems!
- Before bringing them into your home give them a good shake to get rid of excess shedding.
- Consider hanging them upside down for 2 weeks if they are fresh from the garden to allow them to dry.
- Arrange the Pampas Grass reeds in your vase, delicately styling the plume until you’ve achieved the desired effect.
- Once you’ve styled your arrangement to perfection, grab a high hold hairspray and give them a generous misting. This will ensure the strands stay put and this helps to keep shedding at bay.
- Re-spray every 6 months and keep your grass around for up to 3 years!
You can also remove strands in sections from the bottom of each plume to use in smaller vases or arrangements. Just make sure you remove strands evenly from all sides to maintain the integrity of your Pampas.
My favorite way to incorporate Pampas into home décor is adding either single reeds or a few reeds to taller vases to create a simple, yet striking focal point. I just love the light and airy minimal feel it provides.
Let me know below if you found this post helpful! I can’t wait to see your creations. If you’d like us to share, tag us at @wrightandco on Instagram!