Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses are a large family of beautiful perennial plants that add texture, color and movement to the garden. Ornamental grasses, like conifers and other evergreens, also provide interest in the fall and winter landscape, especially when backlit by morning or afternoon sun. When the flowers of summer are only a memory, you’ll find delight looking out on frosted ornamental grass spikes in the early light of a cold winter’s day.

Miscanthus

Adagio

Adagio

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clays present in much of the St. Louis area. Prefers moist soils. Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity.

  • Zone: 5 to 9 
  • Height: 3.00 to 4.00 ft
  • Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 ft
  • Type: Ornamental grass 

Maiden

Maiden

This is a gorgeous wide grass that produces very unique curled seed heads. Grow it where you'll enjoy the effects of graceful foliage when green or golden at summer's end. Perfect for back of the border or for contrast against patches of green groundcover and sheared lawn. Ideal for wild gardens and dry streambeds, where it blends nicely with the soft hues of warm-colored stone. Enjoy these great tufts as they ripple and sway with the breezes of autumn.

  • Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 6-8'tall
  • Width: 3-5'wide 
  • Bloom: Late Summer 

Morning Light

Morning Light

What an absolutely beautiful silvergrass. The cultivar 'Morning Light' forms dense clumps of long thin blades that gracefully arch so low they sometimes touch the ground. These are pale green with razor thin white midribs that shimmer in the morning light. In the late summer to fall plants produce many tall, upright stems topped with feathery, red-hued silvery-white plumes that soften and curl as they dry. These stand above the foliage and remain attractive throughout winter.

  • Height: 5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m 
  • Width : 3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m 
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall 

Pennisetom

Hamlin

Hamlin

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in too much shade. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear. May be grown from seed and self-seeds in optimum growing conditions but cultivars do not come true from seed. 

  • Zone: 5 to 9 
  • Height: 1.5 to 2.5 ft
  • Spread: 1.50 to 2.50 ft
  • Type: Ornamental grass  
  • Bloom Time: August to October 

Blue Elijuah Fescue

Blue Elijuah Fescue

Blue Fescue is the best small ornamental grass. Its silver-blue coloring and fine texture is appreciated in both Asian gardens and the drought-resistant landscape. Most often planted near rock gardens, around landscape boulders and in dry streambeds. Does equally well as a formal edging plant or in a mass for groundcover effect.

  • Zone: 4-9
  • Light needs: Full Sun
  • Blooms: Late Summer