by Amanda

Our customers can't seem to get enough of Ornamental Grasses, so we figured we would re-post our recent blog for all of you to enjoy! Happy Spring Gardening! It is easy to be allured by the glamour of planting things that will burst with colorful blooms in your garden. Yet, what is a star without her backdrop? Ornamental Grasses provide texture, uniqueness, and beauty that will set off your favorite blooming flowers. Not only a dynamic element to your garden, Ornamental Grasses are extremely easy to grow, maintain, and will provide additional interest by evolving in seasons while the rest of your garden may be resting. When most gardeners think of Ornamental Grasses, the word “plumes” come to mind. Grasses are a great addition to the garden because they produce full, green foliage all season and then wow in the summer to fall with their interesting, feathery plumes. We have quite a few grasses that will do just this. For white plumes, try the Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus or Pampas Grass White Feather. Those looking for pink plumes should plant Pampas Grass Pink Feather, Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum, or Fountain Grass Karley Rose. Other grasses that boast unique plumes are Fountain Grass Hameln, Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, or Monkey Grass. Ornamental Grasses not only work to fill in bare spots in the garden, but can even steal the show with brightly colored, unique foliage. The Variegated Purple Fountain Grass Fireworks is named for its burst of pink color, exploding from upright-growing foliage. This grass will not only add texture to the garden, but will impress with its beautiful show. Maiden Grass Gold Bars is another grass that brings interesting, unique foliage to the garden with its bi-color gold and green leaves. One of the most appealing traits of Ornamental Grasses is their unique evolution throughout the seasons. In early spring they could bring striking foliage, then elegant plumes, followed by a different look when they prepare themselves for winter. A lovely example of this is the Japanese Forest Grass Nicholas; its foliage is a striking green in spring to summer, then in the fall the leaves change to orange/red for a completely different look. Another grass that evolves throughout the seasons is the Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus. It boasts lovely, white plums and green foliage in mid-summer. Come fall, its leaves turn to a lovely bronze/red color. Ornamental Grasses are a hidden gem in the garden; they provide a lovely, full backdrop to set off your garden beauties. Yet, their elegant plumes and unique foliage create their own show when the rest of your garden has retired for the winter. This spring, try planting an Ornamental Grass – you will be surprised at how such little work will provide great texture and dimension to your garden.
  1. All Gold Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa macra All Gold

    All Gold Japanese Forest Grass is a fantastic deer resistant perennial to brighten gardens and container plantings. Feathery spikes of chartreuse foliage emerge in mid-spring, and sh...

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    All Gold Japanese Forest Grass All Gold Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra All Gold
    As low as $17.32 Sale $12.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    All Gold Japanese Forest Grass is a fantastic deer resistant perennial to brighten gardens and container plantings. Feathery spikes of chartreuse foliage emerge in mid-spring, and shift to tawny tones in autumn. Showcase their gentle mounding habit and beautiful texture by planting on a slight slope, in the front of a bed to soften edges, or beneath shrubs or trees. (Hakonechloa macra)
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  2. Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora

    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. A...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. An early bloomer, 'Karl Foerster' is a cool season grass that grows most rapidly in the spring season and produces notably early blooms. It is a clump-forming decorative grass, with an upward architectural growth habit, making it a dramatic specimen plant in garden or meadow. Torch-like plumes are widely used in dried flower arrangements. This sterile variety does not self-sow, is deer resistant, and notably cold hardy. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)
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  3. Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus, Saccharum ravennae Erianthus

    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, ...

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    Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus Hardy Pampas Grass Saccharum ravennae Erianthus
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, adding a layer of color and visual interest. Plant can reach up to 12 feet tall, perfect for creating living fences or adding privacy to the landscape. This cold-hardy, quick-growing grass can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion. (Saccharum ravennae)
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  4. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 fe...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. 'Hameln' is a favorite for birds and resists hungry deer. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border, as well as cut or dried flower arrangements. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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