I’ve grown ornamental grasses for years but it’s only in the last few that I’ve really started to appreciate their strength and power in the perennial garden. Maybe it’s me becoming a more mature gardener and perhaps it’s just another way of looking at the garden. Whatever it is, here are some of the great grasses I’ve grown.
- Arundo donax is one of the plants I wished I could grow. I managed to get it through one winter (once) with a heavy cover of mulch but the second winter did it in. Sigh… Like most plants, if you give it what it wants, it can become a bit of a weed so be aware of this if you live in an area where it thrives.
- Carex isn’t really a grass but for this page, “close counts” Here’s what you need to know to grow it succesfully.
- Japanese blood grass You can grow this in the north if you follow one simple rule. Ignore this one though, and you’ll have dead plants in the spring.
- Northern Pampas Grass — Saccharum ravennae is tall (and imho ugly flowering) and it’s not like the Southern named plant.
- Hakonechloa — here’s how to grow it and pronounce it. It’s a delightful shady plant that thrives on decent soil.
- Miscanthus is one of the most popular of ornamental grasses and here’s how to grow and propagate it.
- Molinia or purple moor grass is a grass for the damp garden.
- Pampas Grass: Be Careful Because It Can Bite Back This lovely Southern blooming grass is ubiquitous from the Carolinas southward and is much envied by northern gardeners (until they try to prune it)
- Panicum is an excellent ornamental grass with multiple excellent varieties. (just don’t buy them from seed as they don’t come true)
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