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  


  
Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Sunrise')
Green leaves with a silver centre welcome burgundy flowers in August. Beautiful in mass plantings.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron')
Green foliage varies to burgundy-red at tip. Colour intensifies with age. Use in borders, gardens.
Height & Width: 61cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Sun/Part Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold')
Cascading golden foliage is slow-spreading. Delicate and airy pink flowers mature to creamy white.
Height & Width: 46cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Shade
Zone: Zone 5

  
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')
Red-bronze flower spikes in midsummer dry to a golden buff colour. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 60cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun or Part Shade
Zone: Zone 4

  
Little Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecurioides 'Little Bunny')
Soft-textured foliage and arching, greenish-white flower plumes. Use as ground cover or borders.
Height & Width: 30cm T x 30cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus')
Slender green leaves and a graceful, arching form. Orange fall colour. Silver plumes in late summer.
Height & Width: 1.8m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5

  
Mist Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Airy clouds of flowers above mounds of glossy foliage. Tidy habit. Drought and heat tolerant.
Height & Width: 91cm T x 91cm W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 6

  
Northern Sea Oats Spangle Grass (Chasmanthium latifolium/Uniola latifolia)
Flat green spikelets on slender stems hang like dangling jewels. Green flowers change red-bronze.
Height & Width: .9m T x .6m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun or Part Shade
Zone: Zone 3

  
Plume Grass Hardy Pampas Grass (Erianthus ravennae/Saccharum ravennae)
Dramatic flower plumes accent foliage with bronze fall colour. Striking appearance even in winter.
Height & Width: 3.7m T x 1.8m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 5/6

  
Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus')
Fold-banded foliage. Coppery flower plumes are beautiful cut or dried.
Height & Width: 1.5m T x 1.2m W
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Zone: Zone 4