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CHOOSING ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

When choosing a grass for your landscape, it is important to know the hardiness zone and maximum  size of the
variety.  If you want perennial grasses that continue to grow each year, they must be rated as Zone 7 or a lower
number.  Many beautiful plants are only Zone 8 or Zone 9 and can be treated as annuals.  The height of grasses is
an important consideration when making a purchase.  Are all of the other plants in your landscape under 18 inches
tall?  This may not be the place for an ornamental grass that grows to be 8 feet tall.  Will a grass that is 3 feet tall
when purchased grow to be 7 feet in the fall, blocking the view of oncoming traffic when you leave your driveway?
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"All You've Imagined"

Using Ornamental Grasses in gardens and in landscaping has gained popularity in the last 10 years.  Their graceful
beauty, various forms, colors and textures make them popular with many landscapers and home owners.  

Ornamental Grasses are very adaptable and grow in many soil types and environments.  They thrive from the seashore to
the mountaintops and every place in between.  They have very few insect or disease problems, low nutrient requirements,
little maintenance once they are established, and fast growth.  Many grasses have more than one season interest.
Variety
Height
Zone
Bloom Color
Light
Acorus 'Variegatus'
1'
4
gold
Moist Shade
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
5'
5
gold
Sun
Calamagrostis 'Overdam'
3'
5
pink
Sun
Carex 'Evergold'
1'
6
gold
Shade
Carex 'Ice Dance'
1'
6
variegated
Shade
Cortaderia, selloana
8'
8
white
Sun
Erianthus, ravennae
10'
6
bronze
Sun
Festuca 'Elijah Blue'
1'
4
a blue grass
Sun
Miscanthus 'Adagio'
2'
6
bronze
Sun
Miscanthus 'Caberet'
5'
5
gold
Sun
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
7'
6
bronze
Sun
Miscanthus 'Morning Light'
4'
5
silver
Sun
Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'
5'
5
red leaves in fall
Sun
Miscanthus 'Strictus'
6'
5
gold
Sun
Miscanthus 'Variegatus'
6'
6
gold
Sun
Muhlenbergia, capillaris
4'
7
pink
Sun
Ophiopogon, japonicus
1'
7
blue berries
Shade
Panicum 'Cloud Nine'
6'
4
a blue grass
Sun
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
2'
6
gold
Sun
Pennisetum 'Little Bunny'
1'
6
gold
Sun
Pennisetum 'Moudry'
3'
6
black
Sun
Pennisetum 'Rubrum'
4'
9
red
Sun
Phalaris, picta
2'
4
gold
Sun
Schizacharium 'The Blues'
4'
5
a blue grass
Sun
Sorghastrum 'Sioux Blue'
3'
5
a blue grass
Shade
When planting your ornamental grasses, it is suggested that you plant three or more together for the boldest appearance.  Most
grasses prefer full sun and well-drained soil.  As with planting any other perennial, add soil conditioners or organic matter to the soil
when planting for best performance.  Dividing can be done when originally transplanting from the container, as well as over the years
for a neat appearance.  A slow release fertilizer that is high in nitrogen is best to maintain thick green foliage.  Water the plants
regularly, but avoid watering extremes.  Over watering can cause rot, while too little watering will result in desiccation.