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14 Ornamental Grasses To Add To Your Garden

Ornamental grasses are typically grown as ornamental plants. These are an ethereal group of low-maintenance plants that can be grown in diverse soil and are normally free from insects. Ornamental grasses are also an excellent landscaping plants. They comprise a huge variety of colors ranging from light purple, blue, yellow, white, and baby pink to green.

Ornamental grasses are well received in colder hardiness zones for their resilience to cold atmospheres. In Fall or Winter grasses begin to grow and bloom in Spring or early Summer. They then go dormant during the hot summer. In the Southern region, ornamental grasses are warm-season growers. They flourish during Spring and early Summer, bloom in Fall and the last days of Summer, and are dormant throughout the winter. Almost all ornamental grasses are perennials and they live for two or more years.

Mexican Feather Grass

Mexican Feather Grass
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Mexican Feather Grass is a fine-textured grass we can grow in your garden. This is a popular grass widely used by professionals for landscaping design. Mexican feather grass is loved for its fountain-shaped clumps, fuzzy look, and graceful delicate structure. This grass reveals its silvery green thread-like leaves during late spring which will mesmerize your eyes and will be an asset to your landscape. This grass creates pale green flowers which turn wheat-colored later. It enjoys full sun and these grasses are normally pest free. Mexican feather grasses are rabbit and deer tolerant and need very little care also.

Liriope

Liriope
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Liriope is an evergreen flowering perennial plant. It is also known as monkey grass and lilyturf. Liriope is a tough plant with great features for a beautiful landscape like dense clumps of dark green leaves and spikes of dazzling violet flowers that bloom throughout autumn and resemble lavender. This plant can handle a wide range of climates and it loves sunlight and also adapt to shady areas. Liriope is a low-maintenance plant that needs well-draining soil. Liriope is a wonderful option for placing with shrubs and under trees for a fuzzy effect and can be used as lawn grass too. It is also deer and rabbit resistant and drought tolerant.

Dwarf Pampas Grass

Dwarf Pampas Grass
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Dwarf Pampas Grass is one of the gaudiest ornamental grass with creamy fluffy white flowers on a strong stem. It blooms in mid-summer and is a tough, trouble-free grass. This landscape plant is prized for its charming fall flowers and its silky plumes are an outstanding attraction to landscapes. This perennial grass tolerates wind and moves elegantly in the breeze making them perfect for gardens and pool areas. They will be best in full sun and need dry to medium moisture. Well-drained soil is more suitable and pampas grass is drought tolerant too.

Blue Fescue

Blue Fescue
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Blue Fescue is an evergreen ornamental grass with icy silver-blue leaves and yellow flowers. It is one of the best colorful and eye-catching grass that lasts all year while giving a stunning atmosphere to the landscape. These are appropriate for mass planting or edging borders. Usually, planted near rock gardens around landscapes and in dry waterways. They will sprout in Spring and need full sunlight to help the plant achieve bright blue colors. Apart from its foliage, this plant tolerates cold, humidity, low water, and is deer resistant. Blue Fescue is a cool-season grass, in warmer temperatures, there is a chance that the plant will go dormant through the heat of summer.

Zebra Grass

Zebra Grass
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Zebra grass is a perennial grass that’s very popular due to its unique look. This is a highly versatile plant that can be placed in outdoor spaces or planted on borders. Zebra grasses die back in winter and re-sprout in Spring with a rich gold color. These grasses have long arching leaves and produce silvery-white flowers in late summer.  Zebra grasses need full sun to grow healthy and they tolerate both cold and hot weather.

Feather Reed Grass

Feather Reed Grass
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Feather Reed Grass is a tall, elegant, dramatic ornamental grass used in many landscapes. It grows in dense clumps with narrow green leaves and produces pinkish purple fluffy flowers in the summertime that gradually turn to golden seed at the end of winter. This ornamental grass is low maintenance and is perfect for narrow spaces in the landscape. It is stunning as a background plant.

Pink Muhly Grass

Pink Muhly Grass
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Pink Muhly Grass is a show-stopping ornamental grass also known as cotton candy grass. In late summer the airy pink plumes dance in the breeze, throughout fall with colorful flowers. The splendid ornamental grass adds shades and texture to the landscape. Pink Muhly Grass is graceful for rock gardens, borders, cottage gardens, and coastal gardens. This is also a marvelous choice for meadows. This grass prefers warm and dry climates and requires well-draining soil. Pink Muhly Grass needs direct sunlight and the grass requires at least several hours of sunlight each day.

Blue Oat Grass

Blue Oats Grass
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Blue Oat Grass is a showy ornamental grass that brings extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscapes. Its distinctive blue foliage will enhance the look of your garden. This perennial ornamental plant can be planted as ground cover grass. The blue leaves with clumps and mounds of spikey grass resemble the water fountain. Most people prefer to plant this grass as a mass planting which will change the entire look of the garden. This plant will be more elegant in a cottage garden. Also, plant it in a rock garden and it will be eye-catching with a soft blue hue among the brown and ash.

Maiden Grass

Maiden Grass
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Maiden grass is a wonderful ornamental grass in a landscape that is worth growing for its stylish arching stems. An alluring clumping grass with fine-textured, silver-green foliage that turns golden bronze after winter. These grasses will have flowers above the foliage from the end of the summer to early fall. Mass planting or ground cover will make the landscape more elegant. Maiden grass enjoys bright sunlight and likes warm weather. These grass are tolerant of excessive moisture and droughts.

Japanese Forest Grass

Japanese Forest Grass
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Japanese Forest Grass is an attractive variegated ornamental grass and slow-growing perennial plant. Its leaves are arching with green, bright yellow shades. These are eye-catching for their foliage. This ornamental grass is a long-lived plant that requires little maintenance. Japanese Forest Grasses are effective ground covers and can be planted on long paths, around trees.

Egyptian Papyrus

Egyptian Papyrus
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Egyptian Papyrus is a large wetland plant. Papyrus we’re used as paper, woven, food, and fragrance. These plants favor a moist, warm environment and don’t require much maintenance. These plants prefer full sunlight and grow only in wet swampy areas, around the ponds. This plant can be grown in containers or a water garden.

Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem Grass
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Big Bluestem grass is a warm-season grass apt for a dry environment. Planting big bluestem has become an important step for soil erosion. This grass adds different colors to the landscape year-round – bright green in the spring, bluish-green in the summer, and copper red in the fall. If the plant is flowering it will become purple or yellow spikelets. Planting this grass in your open property line will be more elegant but it needs full sun. It is adaptable to a range of soil conditions and it is also drought tolerant.

Black Mondo Grass

Black Mondo Grass
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Black Mondo Grass is a flowering perennial that makes a stunning border or pathway in gardens. This is a clumping dense, purple-black foliage that creates dark lavender flowers in the summer season. It is also an amazing container plant. Its beautiful grassy leaves remain black throughout the season. Black Mondo needs moist, well-drained soil. These plants usually die back in winter and regrow in spring. Mass planting is also a good option for this grass.

Festuca Glauca

Festuca Glauca
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Festuca Glauca is a dwarf ornamental grass with bright silver-blue leaves. This plant is a short-lived plant and low-growing semi-evergreen grass. This plant always retains its blue hue throughout the summer. This is a perfect selection for borders, edges, mass planting as a ground cover, and in rock gardens. Blue Festuca tolerates cold, warmth, poor soil, and low water.

To Sum It Up

Ornamental grasses give so much charm to the landscape when compared to other plants. They sway easily in the slight breeze which will add movement to your garden, not to mention, these grasses are easy to care for. You will be amazed at the wide variety of colors, textures, and different sizes that are valued in the home landscape. Ornamental grasses usually have a clumping habit and tend to be sizeable. Choose the fine grasses which will decorate your garden with striking colors.

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