Easy Landscaping Ideas – Ornamental Grass


Ornamental grasses are an easy way to add
several seasons of color and interest to your landscape. Most grasses are easy to grow and
attract wildlife. Here are some of our favorites. Switch grass is a North American native grass
that features cloud-like seed heads and tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Some varieties
have attractive blue green foliage that turns gold in the autumn. Others, such as Shenandoah
turn burgundy purple in the fall. Wooden grass, also called Miscanthus is a popular grass
for its thin leaf blades and graceful arch and texture. Some varieties have whites or
yellow variegated foliage for extra interest. This species is not native and can be invasive
in some areas, so check local instructions before planting it. Fountain grass is another
beautiful non-native grass that’s commonly planted in landscapes. Typically shorter in
stature than Switch grass or Maiden grass, it features fuzzy seed heads that look like
caterpillars. Fountain grass is deer-resistant, drought tolerant and the seed head attract
birds. Feather reed grass is one of the most prevalent grasses planted in landscapes. It
offers an attractive stiff upright habit and wheat-like seed heads. Karl Foerster is an
award winning variety that you can also find variegated types, such as Avalanche. If you’re
looking for a grass for the shade, try Japanese forest grass. Grow in a round of foot tall,
this wooden plant offers arching dark green leaf blades that have bold, golden yellow
stripes. Some varieties turn in an attractive red purple in the autumn.

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