Ornamental Grasses

One of the most interesting and beautiful garden trends is the introduction of ornamental grasses to the home garden design.

Ornamental grasses are an environmentally responsible way to add colour, texture and interest to your landscape planting – providing food and a habitat for birds and wildlife.

Available in perennial and annual varieties, grasses thrive in an assortment of soil conditions, are drought tolerant and low maintenance.

Ornamental grasses are ideal for foundation planting, stabalizing soil on slopes and hill-sides, container planting and dried arrangements.

Choose from a huge variety of sizes, forms and colours to suit your garden design then sit-back and watch the wind gently move across your yard.


Common Name    Category  
Botanical Name   Light Requirements  
Zone  


  
Avalanche Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche')
White-striped foliage flushed with pink and cream-coloured flowers make an accent for the garden.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
Black-purple foliage remains evergreen where hardy. Ideal in rock gardens or mixed borders.
Height & Width: 25cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Zone: Zone 6

  
Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue')
Small mounds of tufted blue-gray, finely textured grass. Use as ground cover or edging.
Height & Width: 20cm T x 46cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Blue Lyme Grass (Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune')
Bright blue grass tolerates heat, humidity, salt and drought. Use in gardens or for naturalizing.
Height & Width: 61cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
Powder-blue foliage is ideal in the mixed garden or as edging. Graceful flower stems add interest.
Height & Width: 60cm T x 40cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Frost Grass (Spodiopogon sibiricus)
Bold foliage ages to a reddish-purple in fall. Bamboo-like appearance. Suitable for water's edge.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .9m W
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Giant Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus floridulus 'Giganteus')
Showy, whisk like white plumes late in the season. Use for accent, borders and textural contrast.
Height & Width: 3.7m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4

  
Golden Variegated Sweet Flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon')
An attractive dwarf, rush-like plant with gold and green leaves. Suitable for damp sunny borders.
Height & Width: 0.5- 1 ft T x 0.5-1 ft W
Light Requirements: Sun or Part Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Green Panda Bamboo (Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda')
Short, clumping bamboo grows quickly to form a fountain shape. Creates an excellent hedge.
Height & Width: 2.4m T x 1.5m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5/6

  
Heavy Metal Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')
Blue foliage with clouds of flowers is great for perennial or meadow gardens. Bright yellow in fall.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x .9m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5