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PHOTOS OF ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
  
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Feather Reed Grass

 

CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora
Feather Reed Grass
Sun or light shade.
Plumes late summer into Fall.
Upright narrow clump with fine texture.
Height 2 to 4 feet.
      
  
   

Striped Weeping Sedge

 

CAREX oshimensis
'Evergold'

Striped Weeping Sedge

Sun or partial shade.
Fine textured ornamental grass.
Green margins with creamy yellow center.
Height 12 to 18 inches.
  
  

Blue fescue adds a nice splash of color as well as a fine texture

 

FESTUCA cinerea
Blue Fescue
Sun or partial shade.
Good border plant along the front of beds.
Height up to 12 inches.
   
  

From Sandy's Garden
A reader asks about transplanting ornamental grass...

Q. What’s the best time to divide and move ornamental grasses? I have fountain grass and zebra grass.
  
A: There is no time like the present! Fountain grass (Pennisetum spp.) and Zebra grass (Miscanthus zebrinus) – as well as most popular ornamental grasses – are warm season grasses. They are best planted, divided and moved in spring. They do not tolerate moving or division as well in the fall.
  

Golden-variegated Japanese Forest Grass

  

HAKONECHLOA macra 'Aureola'
Golden-variegated Japanese Forest Grass
Grows in partial shade to full sun. Leaves are bright yellow with green stripes that change to red in the fall. Grows to 16" tall x 18" wide.
   

Japanese Blood Grass

 

IMPERATA cylindrica
Japanese Blood Grass
Sun to partial shade.
Foliage starts out green and becomes a striking red.
Height 1 to 2 feet.
  
  
  
  
  

Dwarf Maiden Grass

Dwarf Fountain Grass as a facer for Adagio Dwarf Maiden Grass

MISCANTHUS sinensis
‘Adagio’ 
Dwarf Maiden Grass
Grow in full sun. Slightly smaller than regular Maiden Grass. Produces an abundance of narrow tan plumes. Height 4 to 5 feet.
***** Bob gives it a 5-Star rating!
  
  

 

Maiden Grass - MISCANTHUS

 

MISCANTHUS sinensis
'Gracillimus'
Maiden Grass
Best grown in full sun.
Narrow green leaves with white midrib.
Plumes in the Fall.
Height 6 to 7 feet.
   
  
Morning Light ornamental grass

 

MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Morning Light'
Morning Light Maiden Grass
This green-white variegated variety of Miscanthus has a narrower leaf and tighter growing habit than the 'Variegatus' variety shown below. Height 4 to 5 ft.
  

Variegated ornamental grass

Variegated ornamental grass starting new growth in the spring
Clumps should be cut back in early winter to remove brown foliage and make way for spring growth. Here we see the start of new spring growth.

   

MISCANTHUS sinensis
'Variegatus'

Variegated Maiden Grass
Prefers full sun.
Green and white leaf variegation.
Plumes in the Fall.
Height 5 to 6 ft.
This grass will widen and sometimes flop over toward the end of the season, so considering tying it with string to act as a 'belt.' This grass should be divided (split in half) every few years.

   

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Zebra Grass

Zebra grass

 

MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Zebra Grass

Sun to partial shade.
Prefers moist soil.
Wide green leaves with yellow stripes or bands.
Height 5 to 8 feet.
  
  
  

Taiwanese Miscanthus

 

MISCANTHUS transmorrisonensis
Taiwanese miscanthus
Sun.
Height 3 to 4 feet.
Plumes appear mid-summer and grow high above the foliage.
   
   

Switch Grass

 

PANICUM virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Switch Grass
Sun to partial shade.
Open reddish purple panicles appear late summer into fall.
There are several cultivars or varieties.
Height 4 to 6 feet.
  
  
  

 

Fountain Grass

 

PENNISETUM alopecuroides
Fountain Grass
Sun to partial shade.
Dense growing grass with cylindrical plumes mid-summer into Fall.
Height 2 to 4 feet.
  
  

Dwarf Fountain Grass

 

PENNISETUM alopecuroides
'Hamelin'

Dwarf Fountain Grass
Sun.
Compact growing grass.
Plumes appear late summer into Fall.
Height 2 to 3 feet.
   
  

Purple Fountain Grass

 

PENNISETUM setaceum
Purple Fountain Grass
Note: Not winter hardy in Pennsylvania.
Prefers full sun.
Striking purple leaves.
Purplish-pink plumes appear from mid-summer until frost.
Height 3 to 4 feet.
  
   

Excerpt from Sandy's Garden
A reader asks about the hardiness of Red Fountain Grass...

Q. I really like Red Fountain Grass but hate purchasing it every year. I've never seemed to be successful getting the seeds I save from my plants to grow the next year. Is there something I should be doing differently?
  
A. Red fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) is propagated by division rather than from seed. That explains why it is more expensive than many other annuals. Red fountain grass typically sets sterile seed, which is why you have not had any luck getting it to grow. You can dig your plants up in the fall and pot them up in large containers, to try to overwinter them indoors. An unheated attached garage or crawl space where the temperature does not fall below about 40 degrees would be ideal. Cut them back and water them thoroughly before putting them in for the winter. Leave them alone until late April. Then you can pull them out and divide the clumps if needed. Pot the divisions up to get them growing before putting them back in the garden after danger of severe frost has passed.
  

Ribbon Grass

 

PHALARIS arundinaera
Ribbon Grass
Grow in partial shade.
Variegated leaves.
Can become invasive.
Height 2 to 3 feet.
   
  

Ravenna Grass

 

SACCHARUM ravennae
Ravenna grass
Sun.
Also called 'Hardy Pampas Grass.'
Tall upright plumes form in late summer.
Height 12 to 14 feet.
    
  

 

   

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