Ornamental grasses zone 9

Ornamental grasses are a perfect accent in any outdoor living space. Their movement, texture, and color add depth to any garden or look great on their own. These plants look good in summer, colorful in fall and provide winter interest. Ornamental grasses are easy to care for and add lots of texture to the landscape. There are many types of ornamental grasses, and they all can provide a unique look for your outdoor living space. Here are a few:


Feather Reed Grass

Feather Reed grass is one of the most popular types of ornamental grasses. It has a columnar growth habit, growing to six feet tall. This type of grass does best in full sun and is one of the earliest grasses to bloom in season.


Switchgrass is a native grass that grows with plumes in the late summer and throughout fall. This grass can grow in full sun or partial shade, and can withstand the heat of summer.

Purple Moorgrass

One of the more colorful options, purple moorgrass shows its beautiful colors in the fall when the temperatures cool down. They are winter hardy and would make a great addition to the landscape for the upcoming season. This type of ornamental grass can grow comfortably in full sun or in partial shade.

Maiden Grass

This ornamental grass can grow tall and simply. The blooms of the Maiden Grass last well into the winter season and can thrive in full or partial sun. These grasses make a perfect backdrop for other plants or can stand alone for a dramatic accent. There are many types and sizes that grow from two to six feet or more.

Ornamental grasses are a great addition to any outdoor living space. They bring texture and depth to any landscape, and there are many types to choose from. These plants add a refreshing touch at almost any time of year, and are easy to care for. Lurvey carries a wide selection to suite your landscaping needs. Whether you’re preparing for fall or looking to take advantage of the last days of summer, ornamental grasses make a great addition to your outdoor living space.

Shade Tolerant Ornamental Grasses and Grass-Like Plants

While most ornamental grasses prefer and do best in full sun locations, there are a number of grasses and grass-like plants that will provide interest to shaded areas n the garden.

Tufted Hair Grass – Deschampsia cespitosa

Height: 2-3 feet.

Width: 2-3 feet.

Bloom: silky green, May-June, maturing to yellow/gold/bronze.

Notes: Dark green clump forming grass. Yellow to bronze fall color. Silky green flower panicles in spring. Best in moist partial shade.

Northern Sea Oats – Chasmanthium latifolium

Height: 2-3 feet.

Width: 2-3 feet.

Bloom: green, June-July, maturing to copper/brown.

Notes: Has bamboo like appearance. Very attractive seed heads in late summer/fall. Will grow in full shade. Reseeds very heavily.

Japanese Forest Grass – Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

Height: 12-18 inches.

Width: 18-24 inches.

Bloom: insignificant green, July-August.

Notes: Elegant arching clumps of lime green foliage. Reddish fall color. Slow growing. Best in part shade.

Fall Blooming Reed Grass – Calamagrostis arundinacea

Height: 3-4 feet.

Width: 2-3 feet.

Bloom: none.

Notes: Upright clump forming grass. Pink flower plumes in late summer early fall. Best in part shade.

Sedges – Carex sp.

Height: 3 inches – 3 feet.

Width: 6-24 inches.

Bloom: Depends on species. Some have attractive bloom June-August.

Notes: Numerous useful species offering interesting foliage coloration. Some are clump forming some spread readily. Tolerant also of moist to wet conditions. Best in part to full shade.

Creeping Lilyturf – Liriope spicata

Height: 6-12 inches.

Width: 18-36 inches.

Bloom: Purple, Aug-Sept.

Cultivars: ‘Royal Pruple’, ‘Big Blue’.

Notes: Mounds of leathery foliage. Aggressive spreader. Flowers followed by black berries. Best in part to full shade.

Greater Wood Rush – Lazula sylvatica

Height: 8-12 inches.

Width: 12-15 inches.

Bloom: Yellow/green, April-May, maturing to chestnut brown.

Notes: Excellent for shaded woodland sites. Soft green foliage.

Sweet Flag – Acorus gramineus

Height: 6-12 inches.

Width: 6-12 inches.

Bloom: insignificant .

Cultivars: ‘Ogon’.

Notes: Colorful, fragrant foliage. Best in part to full shade in moist to wet soils.

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Zone 8 Ornamental Grasses – Growing Ornamental Grass In Zone 8 Gardens

One of the easiest ways to create gentle sound and movement in the garden is with the use of ornamental grasses. Most of these are very adaptable and easy to grow and maintain, but you must be sure they are suitable for your zone. There are numerous zone 8 ornamental grass varieties from which to choose. The problem will be narrowing down which of these lovely plants will fit in your garden.

Choosing Ornamental Grass for Zone 8

Using ornamental grasses has become something of a rage lately. Their visual impact paired with their ability to fit into many landscape situations has made them a popular garden addition. Zone 8 ornamental grasses may experience temperatures as low as 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -7 C.). Such chilly conditions can be detrimental for the tropical grasses, but there is still a wide variety from which to choose.

Ornamental grasses come in a variety of specifications and types. There are both deciduous and evergreen varieties, drought tolerant and water loving, sun and shade species, as well as numerous sizes. The characteristic of your grass will depend upon where you are situating the plant and what effect you hope to achieve.

Few things are as gorgeous as a mass planting of swaying grasses, but this may be too much in smaller garden situations. The statuesque pampas grass is familiar to many but its massive size of up to 7 feet (2 m.) may not be suitable for every garden. Blood grass is a stunning plant but is deciduous in most areas. The sudden disappearance of foliage in winter might not be the effect you are going for.

Growing ornamental grass in zone 8 takes a bit more consideration than just knowing the hardiness zone, since there are so many from which to choose.

Zone 8 Ornamental Grasses for Shade

After hardiness, the exposure a plant needs is probably the biggest consideration and shady areas are the toughest to find.

  • A shade-loving ornamental grass for zone 8 might be Berkeley sedge. It is a low growing, clumping, deeply green grass.
  • Japanese forest grass is another magnificent shade loving specimen. It has deeply gold foliage perfect for brightening up dim areas.
  • Fiber optic grass is a cute little plant with unique foliage that prefers moist areas.
  • Northern sea oats has rattle-like seed heads which dangle ornamentally from the plant.
  • Purple moor grass likes a bit of sun but tolerates shade.
  • A plant that isn’t a true grass but has the same feel is liriope. This plant comes in green, variegated or purple black. It is an excellent shade plant to decorate along pathways or the borders of beds.

Sunny Zone 8 Ornamental Grass Varieties

Growing ornamental grass in zone 8 sunshine is effortless, but some plants like it dry while others like it moist.

If you want a quirky plant, try corkscrew rush, a sun lover with twisty leaves. This is a moisture lover as are:

  • Vetiver
  • Hairgrass
  • Zebra grass
  • Maiden grass
  • Cordgrass

The list for drought tolerant sun lovers is bigger.

  • Fountain grass is an airy, mounding plant with white plumes. Purple fountain grass has tidy mounding deeply burgundy blades and soft, fuzzy blooms.
  • An erect, colorful plant, little bluestem is a brilliant and tough plant for dry, sunny locations.
  • Blue oat grass has brilliant blue arching foliage with tan colored inflorescences.
  • If you want a lovely annual, purple millet might be your plant. It grows 5 feet (1.5 m) tall in a season with thick tufted flowers.

Almost any color, size, and site can be accommodated with ornamental grasses, making them a perfect addition for the home.

Zone 9 Lawn Grass – Growing Grass In Zone 9 Landscapes

A challenge that many zone 9 homeowners face is finding lawn grasses that grow well year round in the extremely hot summers but also the cooler winters. In coastal areas, zone 9 lawn grass also needs to be able to tolerate salt spray. Don’t despair, though, there are several varieties of grasses for zone 9 lawns that can survive these stressful conditions. Continue reading to learn about growing grass in zone 9.

Growing Grass in Zone 9

Lawn grasses fall into two categories: warm season grasses or cool season grasses. These grasses are placed in these categories based on their active growth period. Warm season grasses usually cannot survive the cool winters of areas in the north. Likewise, cool season grasses usually cannot survive the intensely hot summers of the south.

Zone 9 itself also falls into

two categories of the turf world. These are warm humid areas and warm arid areas. In warm arid areas, maintaining a year-round lawn requires a lot of watering. Instead of lawns, many homeowners choose xeriscape garden beds.

Growing grass in warm humid areas is not as complicated. Some zone 9 lawn grasses may turn yellow or brown if winter temperatures get too long. Because of this, many homeowners overseed the lawn with ryegrass in autumn. Ryegrass, even the perennial variety, will grow as an annual grass in zone 9, meaning it will die out when temperatures become too high. It does keep the lawn consistently green in cool zone 9 winters, though.

Zone 9 Lawn Grass Selections

Below are the common grass varieties for zone 9 and their attributes:

Bermuda grass – Zones 7-10. Fine, coarse texture with thick dense growth. Will turn brown if temperatures drop below 40 F. (4 C.) for an extended period, but greens back up when temperatures rise.

Bahia grass – Zones 7-11. Coarse texture. Thrives in heat. Good resistance to pests and disease.

Centipede grass – Zones 7-10. Low, slow growth habits, requires less mowing. Out competes common lawn weeds, tolerates poor soil, and requires less fertilizer.

St. Augustine grass – Zones 8-10. Deep dense blue-green color. Shade and salt tolerant.

Zoysia grass – Zones 5-10. Slow growing but, once established, has very little weed competition. Fine-medium texture. Salt tolerance. Turns brown/yellow in winter.

Carpetgrass – Zones 8-9. Tolerates salt. Low growing.

Picking the Right Grass

Almost all lawn grasses are classified as either “cool season” (meaning they do better in the North) or “warm season” (better adapted to southern gardens). Our grass information will help you select varieties that will grow well in your climate and under the conditions present in your yard.

A beautiful lawn usually contains a combination of distinct grass types, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. As you evaluate a grass mixture, look at the proportions of the varieties described below to evaluate which mixture will meet your needs and conditions best. Before you make your final decision, check with your local Cooperative Extension Service or local nurseries to find out about varieties adapted to your area.

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Know Your Zone

Northern Zone In the Northern United States and in Canada, where summers are moderate and winters often are cold, cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue are the primary choices.

Southern Zone The Southern Zone, with hot summers and moderate winters, provides a climate where warm-season grasses thrive. St. Augustinegrass, Bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and zoysiagrass are the most common varieties.

Transition Zone This region has hot summers as well as cold winters, making it the most challenging region for lawns: Cool-season grasses struggle in the summer heat, while warm-season types can remain brown as much as half of the year and may be prone to winter damage. Tall fescue is a popular choice in the Transition Zone because it exhibits good tolerance of both cold and heat, and it stays green most of the year. Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and Kentucky bluegrass also are grown in the Transition Zone.

Consider the Site

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Next, think about conditions in your yard. If there are no special challenges, then you should get good results from any of the primary grasses for your region. For difficult sites—those that have deep shade, a lack of water, or salty soils—other species will adapt better to the specific conditions.

Low-Input Areas For an out-of-the-way area that’s hard to supply with water or fertilizer, buffalograss—hardy throughout much of North America—is an excellent choice. Fine-leaf fescues also are good for low-input sites. Centipedegrass is a good choice for low-maintenance sites in the Southeast.

Shaded Sites Fine-leaf fescues are the most tolerant of shady sites. In the South, most varieties of St. Augustine are fairly shade-tolerant (with the exception of the Floratam variety).

High-Traffic Sites In the North, blends of Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass work well for high-traffic areas. In the South, Bermudagrass is preferred for its ability to recover rapidly from wear.

Seed companies often package mixes containing several species or varieties selected for a particular type of site—sunny, shady, dry, or high-traffic, for example. They do the homework of devising the best mixes in the right ratios, and the resulting lawn will perform better than if you’d planted a single species.

Salty-Sites or Sites Using Effluent Water Seashore paspalum is extremely salt-tolerant, making it excellent for sandy coastal sites affected by salt sprays, or where effluent water with high salt levels is used for irritation.

Use the Right Variety

Each grass species is available in several (sometimes a great many) varieties, offering variations in texture, color, and growth rate. Visually, the differences may be subtle, but newer varieties often have unseen advantages. For example, they might better tolerate diseases, pests, or harsh weather. No-name or generic seed, though cheaper, is usually not worth the savings because you might end up with an older variety prone to problems.

To get the best performance from species, such as tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass, use a mix of varieties. Though you can create your own mix, it’s more convenient to use prepackaged mixes, which are formulated for specific regions. Generally, you won’t go too far wrong if you stick to recognized brands and buy seed from reputable garden centers, which tend to stock current varieties.

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Cool-Season Grasses

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Cool-season grasses are generally adapted to northern climates, where they grow vigorously in spring and fall and may turn brown in very hot summers. They are often sold as a blend of several varieties of the same species, such as several varieties of Kentucky bluegrass, or as a mixture of two or more different species such as Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue. Growing blends or mixtures is a good idea—if one doesn’t grow well or is destroyed by disease, chances are that the others will take over and flourish.

The most common cool-season grasses include fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue. The new varieties of Kentucky bluegrass, unlike the old standards, are quite disease-resistant, keep their fine-textured looks without a lot of feeding, and have some drought tolerance. Fine fescue includes several grasses—chewings fescue, hard fescue, and creeping red fescue—that are often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass as they thrive in shade and drought. Perennial ryegrass is a main component of cool-season grass mixes. It germinates quickly and wears well.

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Kentucky Bluegrass

  • Texture: Medium
  • Germination time: Slow
  • Shade tolerance: Fair
  • Drought resistance: Fair
  • Traffic resistance: Good
  • Optimum height: 2 to 3-1/2 inches
  • Pros: Fills in bare spots on its own, tolerates harsh winters
  • Cons: Intolerant of shade, prone to thatch, languishes in heat, favorite food of grubs

Fine-leaf Fescue

  • Texture: Fine
  • Germination time: Medium-slow
  • Shade tolerance: Good
  • Drought resistance: Excellent
  • Traffic resistance: Fair
  • Optimum height: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches
  • Pros: Needs little maintenance, tolerates drought and shade
  • Cons: Loses color in drought; may spread undesirably

Tall Fescue

  • Texture: Medium coarse
  • Germination time: Medium-slow
  • Shade tolerance: Good
  • Drought resistance: Good
  • Traffic resistance: Excellent
  • Optimum height: 2 to 3-1/2 inches
  • Pros: Not prone to thatch, tolerant of drought and heat, good pest tolerance
  • Cons: Doesn’t spread into bare areas, may appear clumpy

Perennial Ryegrass

  • Texture: Fine-coarse
  • Germination time: Fast
  • Shade tolerance: Fair
  • Drought resistance: Good
  • Traffic resistance: Excellent
  • Optimum height: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches
  • Pros: Tolerates traffice well, germinates and establishes quickly
  • Cons: Doesn’t fill in bare spots on its own, poor tolerance of temperature extremes

Warm-Season Grasses

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Warm-season grasses love heat and are well-suited to the hot summers of the South and Southwest. In areas with little summer rain, they will go dormant without supplemental water. With a few exceptions, warm-season grasses are not very cold-tolerant, and most undergo winter dormancy. Many varieties are unavailable as seed and must be planted as sprigs or sod.

Zoysia is the most winter hardy of the southern grasses and is sometimes grown up to Zone 7. It stays brown all winter in cold-winter areas, however, and is slow to green up in spring. It’s a dense grass that’s somewhat tolerant of shade and grows best in the upper South. Bermuda grass is suited to Florida and the Gulf Coast and thrives when it gets abundant water. St. Augustine grass is a coarse grass, adapted to the humid coastal areas of the South. It is not tolerant of freezing weather or much shade but stands up to sun and high traffic. Bermuda grass is common to the mild-winter West Coast and southern regions.


  • Texture: Fine-coarse
  • Germination time: Slow—use plugs or sod
  • Shade tolerance: Poor
  • Drought resistance: Excellent
  • Traffic resistance: Excellent
  • Optimum height: 1 to 2 inches
  • Pros: Vigorous spreader, quickly recovers from wear, hybrid types are fine textured and less coarse
  • Cons: Intolerant of shade, prone to thatch, invades beds, may be too agressive

St. Augustinegrass

  • Texture: Coarse
  • Germination time: Slow—use plugs or sod
  • Shade tolerance: Fair
  • Drought resistance: Poor
  • Traffic resistance: Fair
  • Optimum height: 2 to 3 inches
  • Pros: Requires moderate maintenance, reasonably tolerant of shade
  • Cons: Susceptible to chinch bugs, does not survive dry summers without supplemental watering, poor cold tolerance, susceptible to disease


  • Texture: Medium
  • Germination time: Slow—use plugs or sprigs
  • Shade tolerance: Fair
  • Drought resistance: Good
  • Traffic resistance: Good
  • Optimum height: 1 to 2 inches
  • Pros: Effective at choking out weeds, somewhat tolerant of shade, drought tolerant
  • Cons: Long domancy, requires annual dethatching or scalping, slow to establish and recover from wear, not well-suited to winter overseeding, turns brown in winter


  • Texture: Fine
  • Germination time: Medium—use plugs
  • Shade tolerance: Poor
  • Drought resistance: Excellent
  • Traffic resistance: Poor
  • Optimum height: 2 inches
  • Pros: Tolerates climatic extremes, requires little fertilizer, pest control, or mowing, tolerates alkaline soil, native to areas of North America
  • Cons: Does not tolerate traffic well, slow to re-establish, goes dormant in winter and mid-summer (if not irrigated)


  • Texture: Medium-coarse
  • Germination time: Medium—use plugs or sod
  • Shade tolerance: Good
  • Drought resistance: Good
  • Traffic resistance: Poor
  • Optimum height: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches
  • Pros: Needs little maintenance, invites few pests of disease problems, grows slowly for reduced mowing
  • Cons: Recovers slowly from wear, is easily injured by freezing weather

Sod, Seed, and Sprigs

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New lawns can be established by sod or seed (or sprigs or plugs, if seed is not an option). Sod is the quickest way to establish your lawn, but it’s also more expensive than the alternatives. Further, you are limited to the varieties that local sod growers have chosen to plant. One situation may demand sod: steep slopes. Slopes are prone to erosion, and heavy rains can wash away seed; sod will stay put.

Seed saves you money up front, and you may find a wider selection of varieties in garden centers. However, lawn planted from seed may take a year to develop a thick stand, and you may find yourself reseeding areas that didn’t establish well. Also, weeds may be problematic until the young grass thickens.

Many warm-season varieties aren’t available from seed, so they are sold as sprigs (stolons) or plugs. These are planted in the soil and gradually spread until they’ve filled in to form a solid lawn. Sprigs are sold by the bushel from garden centers; plugs are sold by the tray.

Discover the many types of ornamental grass and how they differ from one another. You’ll never look at grass the same way again.

There are more than 10,000 grass species in the world out of over 1 million plant species. Grass is also one of the oldest living organisms ever discovered. The oldest is said to be 200,000 years and is a type of seagrass found in the Mediterranean Sea.

Grasslands cover over 20 percent of the Earth’s vegetation and are found mostly in temperate and tropical habitats. When it comes to typical lawns, on the other hand, about six grass plants can grow per square inch so that’s about millions of grass plants for an average lawn.

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Aurea (Carex elata)

This grass is also called the Bowles’ Golden Sedge and grows up to 18 inches tall and three feet in width. It is resistant to deer and wet conditions and it has shiny yellow blades and fine green edges that elegantly reach towards the ground. Its hair-like, iridescent foliage is one reason it looks so good with flowering bulbs or perennials. When you see it, you won’t wonder why it has won so many international awards.

Blaufuchs (Festuca glauca)

Some people call this grass Blue Fox and it will definitely catch your attention. The dwarf grass has bluish-silver foliage and upright flower blooms in the summer. These blooms start out the same color as the foliage but turn to light tan as they age. It is a low-maintenance, drought-resistant grass that likes full sun but doesn’t require a lot of water.

Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

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With narrow steel-blue leaves and growing in round clumps, the Blue Oat grass is a semi-evergreen that is low-maintenance and starts out in early to mid summer as small spikelets that are straw-colored. The winner of several international awards, this type of grass does great in full sun and dry soils that have good drainage.

Cosmopolitan (Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus)

Also called Maiden Grass, this type of grass has variegated foliage consisting of green blades and creamy white margins. It grows up to eight feet high and can get as wide as five feet and as it matures, it turns into a more silver color that is quite striking.

Elijah Blue (Festuca glauca)

Also called the Blue Fescue, this grass consists of two parts: a low-growing mound of dense, bright silver-blue foliage and upright flower plumes on long stems that start out the same color as the foliage, then turn to tan as the grass matures. The grass looks great as borders or edging, and it grows to 12 inches high and 12 inches wide. It is deer-resistant and requires very little water to remain looking good.

Everest (Carex oshimensis)

Also called Japanese Sedge, this grass gets up to 18 inches high and has beautiful narrow, glossy, dark green leaves with edges that are silver-white in color. It is vigorous, it is easy to grow, and its color contrasts beautifully with many bulb plants and even perennials. It grows year-round and it looks beautiful in shady areas that you wish to add some oomph to.

Flamingo (Miscanthus sinensis)

Another type of Maiden grass, it flowers early and has plumes that start out rose-pink and turn to silver-white as it ages. It grows up to six feet high and five feet wide and it makes a beautiful accent plant, hedge, or border.

Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum)

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The Foxtail Barley has arching, elegant leaves and flower spikes that resemble feathers that are colored green, pale pink, or purple, then turn light tan as the grass matures. It blooms from late spring to mid summer and it lasts a long time in dried or fresh arrangements. It grows up to two feet tall and looks great in borders or beds, not to mention in mass plantings and meadows.

Frosted Curls (Carex comans)

Also called New Zealand Hair Sedge, this grass can soften any landscape due to its pale silver-green grass-like leaves and its year-round aspect. The grass gets up to 18 inches tall, it does well in bright sun or partial shade, and it makes a great accent, border, or plant for your container.

Ghana (Miscanthus sinensis)

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The reddish-brown plumes on this grass make it very unique and with its height of up to six feet, it can soften any landscape. The grass goes from reddish-brown to silver-white as it matures and even the leaves change from bright green to burgundy, then to a golden-yellow when fall hits so it is truly a very colorful grass.

Golden Oats (Stipa gigantean)

Also called Giant Needle Grass, this grass has arching, greenish-grey leaves that contain flower spikes rising four feet above the foliage. Growing up to six feet tall, the grass has won several international awards and with its silvery spikelets, it looks amazing swaying in the breeze, especially at sunset.

Hanse Herms (Panicum virgatum)

Also known as Switch grass, this grass consists of upright, compact foliage that is steely blue in color with red-tinged tips. They eventually turn dark red and then burgundy-red, which it remains through the winter. The grass is deer-resistant, it is virtually free of diseases and pests, and it looks great alongside ponds and streams. They also look good when planted in masses and they can tolerate both wet and dry soil.

Himalaya Fairy Grass (Miscanthus nepalensis)

As its name implies, this grass is native to the Himalayas and grows up to five feet high and four feet in width. It makes a graceful accent plant and has plumes that are silky and creamy in late summer. The rest of the time, it has leaves that are lush and green and it is so attractive that it makes a great focal point for any garden. It is rabbit- and deer-resistant and it does best in full sun. It is also very attractive to birds and looks beautiful in cottage gardens and in prairies.

Karl Foerster (Calamagrostis x acutiflora)

Also called Feather Reed Grass, this type of grass can grow up to six feet high and has flower plumes that are feathery and stand upright. The plumes are usually tan in color and make the grass sway when there’s a breeze, contributing to its elegance. It has won international awards and is deer- and rabbit-resistant. The grass requires little maintenance and looks beautiful as borders or even as a specimen plant.

Karley Rose (Pennisetum orientale)

Also called Oriental Fountain Grass, it has long, slender branches with fuzzy rose-purple flowers. With deep green foliage to complement its flowers, the Karley Rose grows up to three feet tall and blooms from early summer into fall. It is a versatile grass that looks great wherever it is planted.

Little Kitten (Miscanthus sinensis)

A type of Maiden grass, it is perfect for small gardens. It grows only to three feet high and it has fine-textured foliage and narrow green leaves and it turns to many shades of brown in the Fall. It looks beautiful in cottage or city gardens, hedges, prairies, and even containers.

Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

Also known as Gracillimus, it has an abundance of flower plumes in flushed purple and it shows off best in late summer. It grows up to six feet tall, prefers full sun, and is deer- and rabbit-resistant. Moreover, the birds love it and as it ages, it turns a more silver color, making it truly eye-catching.

Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus)

Growing only one foot high and 15 inches in width, the Mondo grass consists of arching, dark-green leaves and tiny lilac flowers that emerge in summer only to turn to blueberry-like fruits later on. It is a tough, durable plant that is perfect for edges and groundcovers and it is virtually disease-free. It does best in full sun or partial shade and turns dense and soft with age.

Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea)

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Also known as Purple Moor Grass, it is a very graceful plant with thread-like leaves that start out green, mature to purplish-brown, then turn a golden tan. The grass mixes great with nearly any perennial and it forms a dense clump that grows up to eight feet high. It is also low-maintenance and prefers full sun and light shade.

New Zealand Wind Grass (Anemanthele lessoniana)

Fast-growing and very sturdy, this grass consists of arching, dark green leaves that turn into various shades of gold, copper, and bronze as it ages. The winner of several international awards, the grass is low-maintenance and can last all year long.

Nicolas (Hakonechloa macra)

Also called Hakone Grass, it consists of elegant, arching blades in colors of green to start with and then colors such as gold, red, and orange once it starts to mature. It does well in partial shade and grows up to 16 inches in height. The Nicolas loves shady, moist conditions and makes great groundcovers, accent plants, and container plants.

Northwind (Panicum virgatum)

Known as Switch grass, it grows up to six feet in height and consists of dense, upright blades of foliage that are olive green to blue-green in color. As it ages, it turns to spikelets that resemble golden flowers until the fall, when both the leaves and the spikelets turn tan. It prefers full sun or partial shade and it looks great in gardens or when planted alongside streams and ponds.

Ornamental Onion (Allium giganteum)

With long spikes and round, onion-like blooms sitting on top, the balls are made with tiny, purple-lilac flowers that can be as wide as six inches. The plant grows to six feet high and blooms in late spring to early summer. The winner of several international awards, the grass is beautiful in borders, beds, and even in vases or containers.

Prairie Fire (Carex testacea)

Also known as Speckled Sedge, this grass has leaves that are olive-green and accented in bright orange. It is a great accent plant, it is low-maintenance, and it has brown spikes that droop gracefully with age. The grass grows up to two feet tall, is generally disease-free, and is a perfect complement to other plants, gravel, or even mulch.

Pumila (Cortaderia selloana)

Native to South America, this compact grass does well in medium-sized gardens. It consists of narrow, greenish-grey leaves and from late summer to mid winter, the leaves are topped with very large plumes that are silky and creamy-white in color. The grass tolerates almost any type of soil and it can grow up to six feet tall and four feet wide.

Quaking Grass (Briza media)

This grass is entertaining and unique. It starts out green with tints of purple, then fades to a tan color as it ages. With flat spikelets that resemble puffy oats and leaves that are soft and deep green in color, it requires very little care, is drought-tolerant, and is perfect when dried and used in fresh or dried arrangements. It also looks great in cottage gardens and in meadows or other naturalized areas.

Red Baron (Imperata cylindrica)

Also known as Japanese Blood Grass, it stands upright and starts out with bright green blades and turns cranberry-red on top in the summer. The grass grows up to 18 inches high and once it’s established, it is drought-tolerant. It is also deer-resistant and very low-maintenance.

Rubrum (Pennisetum setaceum)

Also called Purple Fountain Grass, it has both graceful movement and beautiful color. With rich deep-red foliage and plumes that are crimson and arch gracefully, the Rubrum prefers full sun or partial shade and is the perfect specimen plant. It is ignored by deer and it grows to five feet tall and up to four feet in width. If planted en masse, it provides a very dramatic effect because of its striking colors.

Silver Feather Grass (Stipa barbata)

With upright foliage that is slender and arches upwards, this grass is a shimmery silver color and is one of the showiest mid summer grasses available. It grows to three feet tall and three feet wide and it is virtually free of diseases and pests. It is a low-maintenance grass that looks great in beds, borders, and even in containers.

Strictus (Miscanthus sinensis)

Also called the Porcupine Grass, it is striking with its arching leaves with soft yellow rings around them. The leaves come in colors that include pale brown, subtle pink, and silver, depending on the age of the grass, and it grows up to eight feet tall, making it quite unique.

Zebrinus (Miscanthus sinensis)

Also known as Zebra Grass, it has soft yellow rings around its green foliage and its colors include buff silver, pinkish-copper, and rich gold, depending on its age. It can grow up to seven feet tall and up to six feet in width, meaning that you have to give it a lot of room to grow after you plant it.

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