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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' /Feather Reed Grass. Zone 3. Blade 3-4' tall, bloom 5-7.5' tall. Blooms June through July.

Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')

Purple Fountaingrass A favorite of gardeners everywhere because of its burgundy-red foliage all season long, this tender perennial is often used in container gardens. Name: Pennisetum setaceum 'Purpureum' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 9-10 (grown as an annual in cooler climates) Plant This Grass Because: It offers rich, deep purple color.

(Fountain Grass) Pennisetum ‘Fireworks‘ is a refreshing new look to an old time favorite ornamental grass! ‘Fireworks‘ is the first variegated purple fountain grass. Each leaf includes various shades of pink, burgundy and purple with a little white thrown in for contrast.

Mexican Feather Grass 12-18" Zone 6. Borderline hardy in zone 5 but always self seeds if flowers are not cut off.

Elijah Blue Fescue (Front) 12" Zone 4. Needs dividing every few years. Feather Reed Grass (Behind) 60" Zone 3. Food for birds

Calamagrostis 'Karl Forester' a fabulous ornamental grass!

Aesclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed and grasses, Nasella tenuissima and Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' weaving through the sunsteps by the ruin at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Finally found a red grass hardy to zone 4 - 'Cheyenne Sky' red switch grass.

Container Flower Gardening Ideas: A = Fountain Grass B = Portulaca

Great mixed container 1. Daphne (Daphne houtteana, USDA Zones 6-9)2. Hebe (Hebe anomala Nana Purpurea, USDA Zones 7-10)3. Sizzling Pink fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense Sizzling Pink, USDA Zones 7-9)4. Big Red hens & chicks (Sempervivum Big Red, USDA Zone 4)5. Fuldaglut stonecrop (Sedum spurium Fuldaglut, USDA Zones 4-8)6. Green Spice coral bells (Heuchera Green Spice, USDA Zones 3-8)7. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, USDA Zones 5-9)

Moira McQuarrie's winning entry in Fine Gardening's fantastic foliage contest. Fabulous!