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4 Great Grasses for your Garden

Ornamental grasses add texture, color and unique interest to the garden.  Large, upright blades in contrasting variegated shades give an unexpected modern touch to a perennial border.  The soft sound of wispy pink and white plumes rustling in the wind brings a touch of peaceful serenity to the landscape.  Here are a few of our favorite ornamental grasses:

Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ A fine texture and compact growth habit make this grass very effective when planted in masses or in small gardens.  2’ Tall with plumes – Full sun – Blooms in July – Deer resistant

Muhly Grass

Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris
One of the most popular grasses in the fall because of its pink cotton candy plumes. Dramatic when planted in masses.  3’-4’ Tall with plumes – Full Sun – Blooms in September – Drought tolerant – Native

Cosmopolitan Maiden Grass

Cosmopolitan Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’
A very showy variegated variety with wide leaves with a dark center and a creamy white margin. Coppery red plumes appear in fall.  7’-9’ Tall with plumes – Full Sun – Blooms early-mid fall – Deer resistant

Blood Brothers Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Blood Brothers'

Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’
An upright perennial grass that is becoming a favorite because of its outstanding foliage color, which starts out green blue then matures to blood red through the autumn season.  48-60” Tall – Full Sun – Blooms Summer to Fall – Deer Resistant