If you’re looking to add movement and texture to your landscape or garden, ornamental grasses are a great and low-maintenance option! Whether you want to add height or volume, or create a border around your flower bed, there are lots of sizes and colors to choose from for your sun or shade area.
For a pop of vibrant color, plant Pink Muhly, whose green wispy blades grow fluffy pink plumes that look like cotton candy! It will grow up to 3’ tall and 3’ wide. For a richer look, plant First Knight Fountain grass. It’s deep purple foliage will reach 4 to 5 feet tall. For a true show-stopper, set your garden ablaze with Fire Dragon Miscanthus, whose foliage changes from emerald green to fiery shades of orange and red in late summer. Silver plumes appear atop the grass, giving a stunning “fire and smoke” effect.
Different textures add just as much dimension and visual interest as color. Mexican Feather Grass has super-thin, hair-like blades that dance in the wind, and add an airy, delicate texture to your landscape. It can grow up to 3’ tall and wide and is great for mass plantings. The fluffy plumes of Little Kitten or the golden feathers atop Dwarf Hameln soften up any area, and if you have a large space to fill, Pampas Grass commands attention with its 6′ by 6′ size and stunning white plumes.
You can easily brighten up a shady bed with Everillo Carex, whose lime green foliage grows 1’ high by 2’ wide. The wiry, blue-grey blades of Blue Fescue add color and texture, and Variegated Flax Lily is a great taller option (2’ to 3’), adding contrast with its white and green blades. Mondo or dwarf mondo grass is perfect for deep shade, like underneath trees, and Liriope, a lush, green clumping grass, will grow in full sun or full shade.
Covington’s has these and many more varieties of ornamental grasses to choose from. Click through a small slide-show below for some examples. Check our online inventory here or come by and let our experts help you pick the ones that are just right for your landscape!