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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are available in a wide array of colors, shapes, textures and sizes. The flowers and subsequent seed heads are equally diverse, ranging from “ho-hum” to truly spectacular.

Each grass species has its own unique form- they may form low compact mounds, tall screens, or densely spreading mats. The foliage colors include various shades of green, blue, and red, as well as variegated

varieties having red, white, or yellow foliage banded with ivory or yellow stripes. In the fall, the spring and summer colors change to hues of red, beige, or brown providing a great winter garden accent.

Ornamental grasses can be used as fillers or specimens, border plants or background plantings, as ground covers or screens, or they can be grown as container plants. Their adaptability and subtle beauty make them perfect companions to flowering plants and other woody ornamentals.

Full sun is best for most ornamental grasses. They are adaptable in many situations and can be used as container plants as well. Although not true grasses, the Carex (sedge) genus is commonly grouped with ornamental grasses, and is quite shade tolerant. Some grasses- such as Acorus, Carex, and Juncus- do well in wet areas, while others- such as Andropogon, Calamagrostis, and Cortaderia- are very drought tolerant.

Acorus ‘Ogon’
Andropogon
Indian Warrior
Lord Snowden’s Big Blue
Bouteloua ‘Blonde Ambition’
Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass)
brachytricha
Karl Foerster
Carex (Sedge)
Amazon Mist
Banana Boat
Blue Zinger
Everest
Evergold
Everillo
Hobb
Ice Dance
testacea
Toffee Twist
Chasmanthium latifolium (Sea Oats)
Cortaderia (Pampas Grass)
selloana
selloana ‘Pumila’
Eragrostis ‘Purple Love’
Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’
Hakonechloa
Aureola
Nicholas
Imperata ‘Red Baron’
Juncus
Blue Arrows
Unicorn
Liriope
Cleopatra
Marc Anthony
New Blue
Variegated
Miscanthus (Maiden Grass)
Adagio
Cabaret
Gold Bar
Gracillimus
Huron Surprise
Little Kitten
Little Zebra
Morning Light
Strictus
Variegatus
Yaku Jima
Mondo
Muhlenbergia (Muhly Grass)
capillaris
Fast Forward
White Cloud
Nassella tenuissima
Panicum (Switch Grass)
Cheyenne Sky
Dallas Blues
Heavy Metal
Hot Rod
Northwind
Ruby Ribbons
Shenandoah
Thundercloud
Pennisetum (Fountain Grass)
alopecuroides
Cassian
Cherry Sparkler (annual grass)
Fireworks (annual grass)
Hameln
Little Bunny
Moundry
Red Head
Rubrum (annual grass)
Tall Tails
Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem)
Standing Ovation
The Blues
Sporobolus (Prairie Dropseed)
heterolepis
Tara
wrightii

 

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