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17 Top Ornamental Grasses

Give your garden four seasons of interest with low-maintenance ornamental grasses. Here are some of the best varieties.
  • Sandra Jones

    Blue Oatgrass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) Full sun, well-drained soil. To 4' tall. Steel blue color, mounding habit, doesn't spread. Zones 4-9.

  • Wanda Haldane

    Beautiful Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens. Mounded habit won't spread. 4 feet tall, full sun.

  • Bernice Roy

    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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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

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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

Snow-in-Summer-zones 3-7 -Billowing mounds of crystalline white flowers float over snow-in-summer's silvery foliage. It makes a delightful accent to a stone wall, patio, or garden border. Snow-in-summer is able to handle a range of soil types as well

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!

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.

Sweet Autumn Clematis. Zones 4-9. Fast growing- up to 30 ft in a few months (tall and wide). Blooms late summer-early fall. Tolerates most soil and sun conditions.

Cordgrass, Cordgrass An underutilized selection, cordgrass is a spreading prairie grass that thrives in moist or wet soils. As such, it's a good choice for growing along the side of a pond or stream. Name: Spartina pectinata Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist soil Size: To 7 feet tall Zones: 4-7 Plant This Grass Because: It doesn't mind moist, or even wet, soils.