Easy Ornamental Grasses

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.