Flag. Part shade; tolerant of wet areas.
calamus ‘Variegatus.’ This popular cultivar has
long narrow leaves with green and creamy white bands. The grass-like foliage
is dramatic in water or around water in pots or tubs. Requires moisture at
all times. Non-invasive. Bruised leaves emit a sweet, citrusy scent.
gramineus ‘Oborozuki.’ Pendulous, sedgelike green
leaves with yellow variegation. Grows best in moist soil. 12”. Part shade.
g. ‘Minimum Aureus.’ Dwarf 2-4” yellow bladed
Sweet Flag is great contrast or edging plant.
ANDROPOGON gerardi 'Indian Warrior' Big Bluestem. Tall
upright green foliage transforms to red then smoky purple beginning
midsummer. Deep purple flowers with bright red-orange pollen. Matures to a
nice 5-6' tall clump, sun.
Grass. Sun or shade.
elatius bulbosum. 12-15"; variegated green grass
with cream colored margins.
Reed Grass. Sun.
donax ‘Peppermint Stick.’ 9-12’; gigantic grass
for dramatic landscape accent; broad leaves are boldly striped creamy-white;
beautiful in tubs or large pots. 18” flower heads appear in fall.
d. 'Golden Chain.' Vibrant gold and green foliage makes a
dramatic display. Small and less aggressive than other varieties. Grows
Grass. 12-18” fine leaf, sod-forming, warm season
native. Delicate pendant seed heads, graceful foliage. 2005 Great Plants
Grass. Sun. 6-8"; dark green leaves; 2-3'
rattlesnake-like spikelets that quake in the slightest breeze; young
spikelets are pale green turning tan at maturity.
Reed Grass. Sun; blooms in summer.
acutiflora ‘Avalanche,’ Variegated Feather Reed Grass.
Each blade has a white center with green margins.
Pink-bronze flowers bloom in June then fade to a tawny brown. Strong
upright habit. Excellent vertical accent for the garden.
x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster.’ 5-6'; deep green
upright foliage; showy, striking feathery flower spikes begin pink then
mature to wheat-color; excellent for drying; can grow in heavy soil.
Designated 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year for it’s outstanding qualities.
a. ‘Overdam.’ White edged leaves in compact
clumps. Pink plumes on 36” stems in summer.
brachytricha, Korean Feather Reed Grass. Large, fluffy,
purplish-red bottlebrush plumes appear in late summer. Thick blades 4'
tall make good clumps. Sun to shade. One of a handful of ornamental grasses
that blooms well in shade.
Shade/part shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil; good for massing, rock
gardens, and shade borders.
buchananii ‘Green Twist.’ Very narrow, olive
green leaves. Upright vase-shaped clump. Great for combination containers.
Reminiscent of the
60’s ‘do! Long, dark green blades with creamy yellow edges slowly spread to
form a 2’ wide mop-like clump.
Fine dark green 6” - 12” leaves with wide white margins. Full to part
shade, and even sun, with plenty of moisture.
Fountains. Clump forming sedge has slender,
elegant leaves with a border of gold. 15”.
dolichostachva ‘Golden Fountains.’ Textured
foliage with gold variegation on the leaf margins. Grows in a symmetrical
fountain-like mound. Long-lived and durable. Tolerates dry conditions. 10”.
Part shade to shade.
elata ‘Bowles Golden,’
Sedge. Bright gold foliage with narrow green
margins; spectacular with blue Hosta or gold edge Hosta; 2-3’.
ciliatomarginata, ‘Treasure Island,’
Sedge. Very low growing, only 3” tall, dramatic
broad foliage with white edges. Excellent groundcover for shade.
Zinger’: Tufts of glaucous blue leaves. Drought
and shade tolerant. 10-20”.
Variegated Japanese Sedge. Bright creamy yellow
stripes in center of leaves, green margins. Leaves are 12-16” tall and arch
gracefully to the ground. Grows best in moist, well drained soil in light
morrowii ‘Ice Dance.’ Compact tufts of ½” wide
dark green leaves with clear white borders. Excellent low maintenance
groundcover. Moderate spread. 12” tall.
muskingamensis ‘Little Midge,’
Miniature Palm Sedge. Fun, tropical looking plant
that looks like tiny palm trees. Excellent, very fine foliage spreads
slowly by rhizomes to form a lovely ground cover. 12-15”.
mukingamensis ‘Oehme.’ Golden variegated leaf
edge, radiating horizontally along stems giving a palm tree effect.
Excellent groundcover for part to full shade. 18-24”
Pennsylvania Sedge. Fine texture and fountaining
habit give this sedge a soft appearance. Great as an underplanting for
bolder shade perennials or on its own as a shade lawn. Height 8-10”.
Sedge. A spectacular new clump-forming sedge with
powder blue leaves up to an inch or more wide. Spreads slowly to form a
wonderfully textured groundcover in moist or average soil. Tolerates dry
shade once established. An early spring haircut makes room for clean new
growth. Great for shade.
siderosticha ’Banana Boat.’
Broad banana-yellow leaves
up to 2” wide with narrow green edges. Plumes of silver flowers. Prefers
s. ‘Island Brocade.’ A very hard, Hosta-like
sedge with strong, golden edges! Vigorous. Super as it travels and mixes in
containers and then spills over the edge.
Sea Oats. Sun/part shade. Native.
latifolium. 30-36”; narrow slightly arching
plants; flowers in late summer; the flat green seed heads hang on slender
stems and persist into winter turning reddish bronze; good for shade garden.
l. ‘River Mist.’ Same as above with variegated
foliage and lovely white flat oat-like seed heads.
selloana ‘Pumilla.’ Showy, medium-sized, silvery
plumes appear in late summer. Wonderful in dried flower arrangements. One
of the most cold hardy Pampas Grasses there is. Height 4-5’.
Hair Grass. Tolerant
of more shade than most grasses. Tufted foliage is topped with very fine,
caespitosa ‘Northern Lights.’ Cream variegated
foliage is tinged purplish-pink, very tall and open panicles appear in mid
summer. Forms medium height clumps of tufted green foliage with very fine
airy panicles. Prefers full sun to part shade and grows to 24”.
‘Shottland.’ Medium height, rounded clumps of
tufted green foliage, tall fine airy panicles bloom mid-summer and sway in
the breeze. Grows 36 to 38 inches tall and wide.
ravennae. 9-12'; arching green leaves with white
stripe down the middle; silvery-gray plumes in fall; lovely fall color; a
Grass. Deep green grass-like blades are topped
with a soft cotton tuft in summer. Perfect for pond’s edge. Prefers water
depth of 1”.
glauca ‘Boulder Blue.’ Some say this is the
bluest of all! Short, compact mounds of metallic blue. Very drought
ovina glauca ‘Elijah Blue.’ 10"; silvery-blue
blades; color holds up well throughout the summer; one of the nicest blues.
Japanese Forest Grass. Partial shade; excellent
with blue Hosta.
macra ‘Albo Striata. For the first time, this
rare, white striped form to the beautiful forest grass is offered. Broad
leaves cascade over rocks and are superb by pathways. Performs best in
partial shade. 1-2’.
macra ‘All Gold.’ Bright golden yellow long
arching bamboo-like leaves. 12-18”.
macra ‘Aureola.’ The Perennial Plant Association
has awarded the title of 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year to
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola.’ This ornamental grass
is native to Honshu Island, Japan. The genus derives its name from
, a region in Japan, and
, the Greek word for grass. Individual blades are
1/2” wide and bright yellow color with very thin green stripes. In the
cooler days of autumn the golden foliage becomes tinged with shades of pink
Hakonechloa's bright gold foliage shines in dark
corners of the garden, and at night. It's cascading blades sway beautifully
in the breeze, creating a soothing, peaceful landscape. Wonderful as a
ground cover, specimen, or in a patio container, Hakonechloa grows 12-18"
tall, prefers partial shade and rich soil.
‘Naomi.’ A new French introduction, leafing out
in spring with billowy, long, slender, pointed foliage of creamy yellow an
soft sage-green. Fall colors is rich purple. Grows 9 to 18 inches tall and
wide. Grow in full shade in moist soil.
m. ‘Nicolas.’ Lovely ornamental grass for the
shade. Solid green foliage in summer with brilliant orange and red fall
color. Perfect in combination containers. Height 8-10”.
m. ‘Stripe it Rich.’ These white-striped golden
leaves create a new spin on the Japanese Forest Grass. Spectacular as a
woodland accent, in containers or along pathways. Height 10-16”.
Blood Grass. Sun/part shade.
cylindrica ‘Red Baron.’ 18"; bold red from mid
blades to tip; color intensifies towards late summer and fall; striking
Sun/part shade. Likes moist soil.
A grass-like plant with heavily spiraled 24”
stems. Tiny yellowish-green to tan flowers appear in compact clusters in
summer. Prefers very wet soil.
Large spiraling foliage, resembling giant
corkscrews twisting and turning creating a dramatic effect. Reaches 18 to
24 inches tall and wide. Prefers very moist to wet conditions in full sun
to part shade. Cut back in late winter early spring.
e. spiralis. Dark green leaves curl like a
corkscrew; prefers a moist area; great conversation piece.
‘Frenzy.’ Variegated Corkscrew Rush. A variegated
corkscrew rush, more compact, reaching only 6 to 8 inches tall and wide.
Leaves are tightly curled and loosen with maturity. Yellow and green
variegation with pink stripes. Perfect to mix in containers.
Leaf Rush. A short grass-like plant with
interesting late summer seedheads. Perfect for water’s edge.
‘Lovesick Blues.’ Spiky steel blue leaves radiate
from a central crown. Forms a weeping, rounded mound. Moisture loving. Can
be grown as a shallow water plant. Grow in full sun to part shade in moist
soil. Deer resistant. Native cultivar.
or Maiden Grass. Sun; good cut flower.
sinensis ‘Adagio.’ At last, a really superb dwarf
maiden grass; flowers emerge pink, becoming white; 2’, 4’ in bloom.
Designated a Missouri Botanical Garden “Plant of Merit” for its outstanding
s. ‘Autumn Light.’ Good yellow fall color. Very
hardy and vigorous. 3-4’.
s. ‘Cabaret.’ Very wide, ribbon like foliage with
a creamy-white center. 9’.
s. ‘Cosmopolitan.’ 3-4’. Very upright plant with
wide striped leaves. Some consider this the best variegated Miscanthus.
s. ‘Dixieland.’ Compact plant with varietated
foliage and pink tinged plumes. 4’.
s. ‘Flamingo.’ An early flowering variety with
reddish/white pendulous blooms that move in the slightest breeze. Flowers
face upwards and then droop gracefully. Grows to 5 feet tall and 3 ft
wide. Grow in full sun in average soil.
s. ‘Far East,’ ‘Ferner Osten,’
Maiden Grass. Reddish flowers in fall top dark
foliage with bright silver midrib. Compact grower to 5’.
S. ‘Gold Bar.’ The
best dwarf, horizontally variegated grass available. Twice the variegation
of ‘Little Zebra’. Short and quick to clump up, reaching only 16”-20”
tall. Erect and strong habit.
s. ‘Gracillimus.’ 4-5'; upright, arching stalks
with feathery creamy flowers in September; a graceful beauty; moisture
s. ‘Huron Sunrise.’ Most profuse blooming of any
Miscanthus we grow. Martin Quinn from Canada has been working with
ornamental grasses for over 25 years had has made this first rate selection.
Foliage is a medium width with a natural silver line (midrib). The
outstanding characteristic is the burgundy/red inflorescences in late August
and early September. Upright arching form. Good winter interest. Holds
leaves during the winter. Excellent large flowers! Foliage is between 4-5’,
5-6’ in flower. Sun.
s. ‘Little Dot,’ ‘Punktchen.’ Narrow leaves with
checkered foliage. Tall plumes. 3’.
s. ‘Little Kitten’: A true compact Miscanthus!
Fine green foliage with pink flowers. 36”.
s. ‘Little Zebra.’ Green leaves with horizontal
yellow bands. Coloring holds all season. Flowers reliably in late summer
with red-purple plumes. 36”.
s. ‘Morning Light.’ 4'; arching leaves are edged
with silver; red-bronze plumes give a striking effect; drought tolerant.
‘Nippon.’ Excellent dwarf with slender foliage
well separated from flowers. Blooms late June into fall. 4-5’.
s. ‘Strictus.’ 6-8'; blades have a distinctive
gold horizontal band; stiff and upright; a striking specimen.
Thick gold bands are prevalent on the wide blades of this grass the moment
they emerge from the ground. This small, clumping mound is an outstanding
specimen for the front of a border. Compact, reaching only 2’-4’ tall and
s. ‘Variegatus.’ 6-7'; graceful upright clumps;
silvery green foliage edged pure white; pinkish panicles in mid-summer
fading to tan; drought tolerant; lovely in winter.
OPHIOPOGON, Mondo Grass. Best in part shade.
‘Ebony Knight’.’ A grass like perennial with
dense, purplish black foliage. Evergreen. Black berries are produced
amoung the foliage. Slow grower, to 6 inches tall. Spreads. Grow in full
sun to part shade.
p. (nigrescens) ‘Niger,’
Mondo Grass. Distinctive, very purple dark
ORYZOPSIS (ACHNATHERUM) hymenoides.
Rice Grass. Cool
season clumper is an excellent choice for hot dry sites in sandy or average,
well-drained full sun conditions. Historically important American food
grain makes an impressive fine textured 2’ tall grass feature with its showy
open panicles in spring.
Grass: sun; flowers late summer.
Switch Grass. What we’ve all been waiting for, a
hardy red bladed grass. Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative
containers and gardens where it’s deep crimson foliage makes a dynamite
specimen, or when planted en masse a dazzling display. Measuring in at 2’
before blooming, ‘Cheyenne Sky’ forms a tight, vase shaped clump of
blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer. Matching
ruby red flower panicles top the colorful foliage. Measures 3’ in flower.
v. 'Dust Devil.' Has all the great characteristics of the
taller varieties, but only 4'. Tips of the blue-green foliage become flushed
with a hint of deep purplish red in fall. Wine purple flower panicles. Forms
a strictly upright, dense clump.
v. ‘Prairie Sky’: 5’; strongly upright, unusually
durable ornamental grass; remarkable powder-blue foliage turns yellow in
fall; airy clouds of flowers remain throughout winter; thrives in any soil.
Found in a Wisconsin meadow. Much better than ‘Heavy Metal’.
v. ‘Shenandoah’: US native with bright red foliage
starting in June. Grows in clumps to 3’ tall in full sun. In the late summer
and early fall, red long lasting flowers bloom above the foliage.
Grass. Sun, large showy flowers appear in
early summer and persist through fall. Great mounding habit.
alopecuroides. 3-4'; clumps of narrow, graceful
arching leaves; dark rose flowers; foliage turns golden-brown in fall;
attractive seed heads.
Fountain Grass. 18-24"; dwarf form of fountain
grass; pearly white flowers.
a. 'Burgundy Bunny.' A great miniature Fountain Grass that
shows some red color in summer followed by all-over blazing red color in the
fall until frost. Perfect in containers, front of the border, or as a low
grass ground cover. Fluffy cream flowers appear in summer. Grows 12-16" tall
a. 'Desert Plains.' Green leaves form an upright vase that
transforms to shades of deep red, orange and gold in late summer and fall.
Showy 5" long, tan bottlebrush plumes arch above the foliage. Improved
habit, flowering performance, and fall color compared to 'Hameln.' Grows to
a. ‘Red Head.’ Deep burgundy buds and young
plumes sets this Fountain Grass apart. Blooms early than other cultivars.
‘Little Bunny.’ A really dwarf form of the
spieces that grows 18” tall with 2” flower heads.
‘Little Honey.’ A variegated sport of P. ‘Little
Bunny’ with tiny narrow leaves and miniature flower heads resembling
orientale ‘Karly Rose.’ Deep green blades erupt
into intense smoky rose-purple flowers. Long blooming.
setaceum ‘Rubrum’, Purple Fountain Grass. Deep
red foliage topped by dramatic purple/red plumes. Not hardy.
s. ‘Fireworks’, Variegated Purple Fountain Grass.
Burgundy center is flanked by hot pink margins. Height
24”. A refreshing look to an old time favorite!
Grass. Sun/partial shade; blooms early summer.
arundinaceae ‘Strawberries and Cream’: 18-24";
striped green and white blades that is flushed with pink in cool weather.
PLEIOBLASTUS fortunei variegate,
Variegated Bamboo. Variegated white foliage on
1-2’ plant. Sun or shade. Excellent ground cover.
Blue Stem. Sun; variety of leaf colors, blue and
green hues turning a striking bright red in fall; seed heads are fluffy
silvery, white; tolerant of dry soils; 2-3’.
scoparium ‘Prairie Blues.’ A very blue selection
of the species.
Large grasses for water’s edge. Summer blooming.
Large 4-5’ handsome erect stems.
Rush. Exotic 4-6’ stems with horizontal white
stripes. Remove plain green stems to ensure variegated form.
Drop Seed. 2’ narrow-leafed, fragrant native
grass. Incredibly attractive in bloom and seed. 2003 GreatPlants