I went to a seminar this past weekend on ornamental grasses, and that has inspired me to write this next post. Some of my favorite landscape plants are ornamental grasses. They give you 11 months of interest with minimal maintenance. What more could you ask for!
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Adagio' tops my list of favorite ornamental grasses. It grows about 3 feet tall and wide. It plumes or "flowers" earlier than most Miscanthus grasses, beginning usually in June.
Another favorite Miscanthus grass is 'Variegatus.' It is a large grass, topping out at 5 to 6 feet tall. The wide foliage is variegated cream and green with pink plumes in October.
Another Muhly grass, Lindheimer's Muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri), is a native grass that is extremely drought tolerant. The gray-green foliage stands about 5 feet tall with tan plumes rising above the narrow foliage in late fall.
Black Fountain Grass 'Moudry' grows about 3 feet tall and wide with very large bronze wheat-like plumes (inflorescence) in September.
A fountain grass new to me is called 'Karley Rose.' It grows about 3 feet tall with pink wheat-like plumes. I just purchased it and have not even had a chance to plant it. I'm excited to see how it does in my garden.
|'Karley Rose' Fountain Grass|
And last, but not least, is Mexican Feathergrass (Nasella tenuissima), an extremely drought- tolerant native grass. It grows about 1 1/2 feet tall and wide, with tan feathery plumes. In sandy soils this grass can reseed readily. Excellent drainage is required.