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Ornamental Grasses are some of the most important — and often underappreciated — features of any landscape, whether it be a native meadow or a formal perennial garden. These grasses provide height, structure, and year-long interest in the landscape and are an absolute ease to grow. What’s more, for many of us with long, snowy winters — they’re often the only glimpse of our once-green garden we get during the colder months.
There are some varieties that look more dazzling than others with a bit of frost or snow on their tips. Some of our favorite varieties for winter interest are:
This monumental grass can reach heights of up to 10’ and creates easy, year-long privacy with tall stems and showy plumes. The fluffy plumes look fantastic with a dusting of frost or snow and these grasses keep their fullness and structure throughout the entirety of the winter months.
Miscanthus is a versatile grass that turns from a silvery green in the warmer months to a rich, dramatic burgundy come winter. This favorite of birds offers up shelter and habitat during the winter months and looks effortlessly elegant in snow and ice.
Feather Reed Grass.
Feather Reed Grass (of which Karl Foerster is the most widely known) grows to be up to 6’ tall and is a strong vertical grower, making it another great option for privacy planting. The feathery bronze plumes keep their color throughout the colder months and add interest to the landscape by swaying in the winter breeze.
How to Choose the Best Ornamental Grasses for Your Landscape
Grasses that are left up to add structure and interest in the winter months should be cut back to the ground in the very early spring, once the ground starts to warm and the snow melts.
If we haven’t convinced you yet, here are some of our favorite examples of how elegant Ornamental Grasses can look in the winter garden. Enjoy!
Do you plant Ornamental Grasses in your landscape for winter interest? Please share your experiences in the comments below.
Switchgrass Northwind is an extremely-hardy, native grass that thrives in any sunny spot. Gorgeous, steel-blue leaf blades change to a golden yellow in the autumn months, making it t...
'Royal Purple' Liriope, also known as Lily Turf or Monkey Grass, is a tough groundcover with beautiful, spiked purple blooms. Very showy for a grass, the blooms are followed by clust...
Fast growing Shenandoah is one of the all-time favorite ornamental grasses. A hybrid from our native grass. (Panicum virgatum)...
Add bright color and texture to your shade garden with gorgeous 'Ice Dance' Sedge. This ornamental grass is an evergreen, with showy white edges lining each moss-green blade. Deer-re...