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    Blue Oatgrass It's tough to beat blue oatgrass for a low-care plant with steel-blue color. It also has a wonderful mounded habit and won't spread and take over your garden. Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9

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2001: 'Karl Foerster' Feather Reedgrass Fantastic grass for the garden, tends NOT to be invasive as so many other grasses can be.

Little Bluestem One of our all-time favorite grasses, we love little bluestem's bronze-kissed, blue-gray foliage through spring and summer. Then in fall, the blades turn a gorgeous shade of purple-bronze and continue to look good all winter. Name: Schizachyrium scoparium Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-9

Zebragrass -- We love zebragrass because of its bold colour: Each leaf blade features a series of bright yellow bands. The plant really stands out in the landscape! Zebragrass also has a nice upright habit that looks great in the perennial border

Russian Sage Plant Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 4-9

Sedum bursts into bloom at summer's end! The deep red is the perfect autumn hue:

Switchgrass (Panicum spp.) Blooms Shaped like a fountain, this prairie grass delights from summer to winter. Expect soft blue-green foliage in the summer, followed by golden or spicy red tones in the fall and faded colors in the winter. "Grasses are such a natural choice for our prairie landscapes," Charlotte says. Attracts Many butterflies and skippers lay their eggs on native grasses.

Add soft texture to your garden with fountaingrass. More ornamental grasses:

Plant Name: Dahlia selections Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide Grow it with: Create an interesting contrast with spiky, upright liatris. Zones: 5-8 Click here to learn more about dahlia

Top 20 Perennials for Your Garden Russian Sage Suited to larger gardens, this 3-foot-wide by 5-foot-tall perennial creates clouds of blue flowers in late summer. Russian sage likes sun, and is tolerant of drought and heat. Plant it at the back of the bed and give it room to grow.

Maidengrass. One of the most common grasses, maidengrass is big, beautiful, and easy to grow. It offers narrow, arching foliage (many selections are variegated; look for them to add more color to your landscape) and silvery plumes that are enchanting when the light catches them just right. Name: Miscanthus sinensis Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 8 feet tall Zones: 4-9

Adaptable and beautiful, it's easy to see why ornamental grass has become a gardening favorite.

Amsonia A tough, but sadly underused perennial, amsonia produces clusters of sky-blue flowers in late spring. It's not just a one-season wonder, though. In autumn, its foliage turns brilliant shades of gold -- enough to rival many of the trees when they put on their fall finery. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall I want some of this for the front yard!