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Ornamental Grasses-Top 5

Ornamental Grasses-Top 5

I'll never forget my first perennial garden. The colors went together well, but the border was flat and boring until I added a few Ornamental Grasses. That was  just the ticket giving height, motion, and late season color to my border. Ornamental grasses provide 4 seasons of interest in addition to being drought & deer proof. These easy to grow low maintenance perennials provide an attractive solution in any landscape - even as replacement to traditional grass lawns!
What's in it for you?    Screen out undesirable views such as utility boxes. Add a strong vertical accent to a perennial garden. Use as a low growing hedge for privacy or as a foundation planting.  Use in container plantings. 

Our Top 5 All-Time Favorite Ornamental Grasses

Calamagrostis Karl Foerster - Feather Reed Grass - (Sun) (Zone 5-8)  
Feather Reed grass is widely adaptable to a range of soils including clay and is both drought & deer proof. The slightest breeze sets this grass in motion.  Unlike other ornamental grasses which often bloom later, feather reed grass begins to bloom in June and continues until frost. The growth habit is erect which makes Calamagrostis work well in narrow spaces.
Pair with:  Sedum Autumn Joy, Coneflowers, Daylilies, Knock Out Rose
Pennisetum Karley Rose - Oriental Fountain Grass (Sun) (Zone 5-9)
This is a must-have!  Sensational near waterside, spectacular in beds and borders, and stunning as a long blooming hedge plant
The longest blooming of all Pennisetums provides over 5 months of colorful rose-purple plumes throughout summer & into fall.
Pair with: Purple flowering Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Sedum Autumn Joy, Shrubs, mix with other Ornamental Grasses
Festuca Boulder Blue - Fescue Grass (Sun) Zone 4-9)
This sensational low growing blue ornamental grass offers 4- seasons interest  Fescue can take heat & humidity. Ideal for edging a pathway or in front of the perennial border.  Stunning when combined with orange flowering Coneflowers!
Pair with:  Knock Out Roses, Gaillardia Oranges & Lemons, Orange flowering Coneflowers
Cortaderia Pumila - Dwarf Pampas Grass   (Sun) (Zone 5-9)
Northern gardeners love this cold hardy pampas grass with extra large fluffy flowers heads! At only 5' tall it makes enough of a statement without being overpowering.
Pair with:  Knock Out Roses, Burning Bush, Buddleia    
Hakonechloa macra Aureola   Hokone Grass (Shade) (Zone 5-9)
We find that a moist, humus-rich well drained soil in a partial shaded site makes Hakone grass very happy.  Vibrant yellow striped leaves will add a bright glow in any shade garden.
Pair with:  Hostas, Hydrangeas, Hellebores, Heucheras