Ornamental grasses are a hugely important part of your yard and landscape design! They make excellent fillers, provide your garden with differences in texture, and some of them even smell seriously amazing. This is the Bees and Roses guide to planting, growing, and maintaining ornamental grasses!
Pictured below is one of my favorite varieties of ornamental grass; Reedgrass! Reedgrass looks incredible (even throughout the winter months). Areas of full sun, and decent soil drainage works best for this pretty grass!
It’s simple to see why Fountaingrass was named! The feather-like plumes are known for dancing in the breeze and creating movement throughout your garden.
Switchgrass can grow up to 5 feet tall, and they grow the best in grow zones 4-9. This plant is known for it’s beautiful foliage. It turns an awesome shade of red in the autumn!
The steel-blue coloring of this plant is exactly why it’s named Blue Oatgrass. Oatgrass is great because it stays confined to one area of the garden. It isn’t invasive to your other plants! This grass is another that loves an area of full sun!
Doesn’t this grass look exactly like cattails? Purple Millet is known for its hardiness, appeal to birds of all varieties, and well…color!
This ornamental grass is definitely a spreader. It loves moist soil, tons of sun, and grow zones 4-7. Landscapers and gardeners should expect this plant to get to be about 7 feet tall.
Ravennagrass is a grass that loves to grow tall! Seriously! It can grow up to 12 feet. Full sun is necessary for this plant to thrive, make sure it gets plenty!
I am in love with the look of the leaves on these Northern Sea Oats! This grass looks especially beautiful in late September or early October. Northern Sea Oats DO spready quickly, so it’s often best to plant them in containers to prevent the plant from spreading.
Maiden grass is HUGE! This grass can get to be about 8 feet tall if given plenty of sun and moist soil. Try using this grass to create a living fence! Check out this article for more information on living fences!
Zebragrass is one of the brightest ornamental grasses you can find! The tips of the grass are covered in tiny yellow beads that give the grass a “radiant” look.
**Note Zebragrass is not the red flowers around the base of the container.
Blue Fescue makes for a great living garden edging! This plant can grow to be about a foot tall, and it may require some trimming if you decide to use it as edging.
If you have an area of partial shade that needs a little bit of landscaping love, Hairgrass is just the thing for you! This plant is NOT native to North America, but it does grow extremely well in grow zones 5-9.