9 types Of Ornamental Grasses For Your Garden

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Looking for some ornamental grass for your garden? Then this article might interest you.  We have listed 9 ornamental grasses for you to pick from for your garden.

Ornamental grasses are grown as ornamental plants that is used for aesthetic purpose in the garden and survive colder climates. These grass are used in decorating gardens floors and can survive through fall to winter seasons.

Keep reading to know what these Ornamental grasses are.  

9 Types Of  Ornamental Grasses For Your Garden

Here are 9 types of Ornamental grasses you can choose for your garden.

1. Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass

Purple fountain grasses are plant with deep purple foliage and dusky mauve flower plumes with arching stems. These plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide. These ornamental grasses need partial shade to full sun exposure to grow. These gasses grow upright with an arching habit and thrives in zones 9 to 11.

These grass looks good along slopes, on hedging, or within a container on with other plants combination. These grasses give a soft textured to your garden landscape and remains colorful from summer to winter season. This grass also does not reseed so you won’t need to worry about it coming back the next year.

In warmer regions this ornamental grasses grows all throughout the year.

2. Egyptian Papyrus

Egyptian Papyrus

Egyptian Papyrus is a medium-sized grass that has triangular stems and bushy tassels on its top part reaching up to 12 inches in size. These grasses can grow up to 6 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. The foliage of the grass grows in a arch and thrives in 10 to 11 zone. These grass need medium to full sun to grow and loves growing on water.

When planted in shallow water or on a water feature the plant makes stunning statement. Thee grass plants are great for warmer climates as they grow annually. Uses these grasses to decorate your outdoor space especially your pool area. This plant also blooms showy flowers.

3. Vertigo or Elephant Grass

Vertigo or Elephant Grass

Vertigo or more commonly known as Elephant grass can grow up to 8 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide.These grasses need lots of sunlight to grow and thrives in zone 8 to 11. It grows deep midnight color grasses and has upright bushy stature.

Using stand-alone container to grow this plant for aesthetic or using over landscapes or combining the elephant grasses with your plants in the garden, you can use it any way as per your liking. The nearly dark coloring of the grass contrasts dramatically with bright colors like orange, gold or yellow color flowering plants.

4. Blue Paradise or Little Bluestem

Blue Paradise or Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem are a vertical stature plant with smokey mauve-blue foliage that can grow up to 3 and half feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. The grass grows upright in a vase-shaped form and adds texture to any style landscape in a sophisticated fashion.

You can grow it in mass landscape or along a slope, or in a massed bed. In colder regions these ornamental plants can survive, especially its North American prairie species that also supports infects and wildlife. These plants can be naturalized in open woodland and field settings.

5. Karl Foerster or Feather Reed Grass

Karl Foerster or Feather Reed Grass

Karl Foerster or feather reed grass are feathered bronze flower spikes plant that can survive in multiple seasons. These grasses create texture and movements when planted on landscapes and commonly used for ornamental purposes in public areas.

These plants can grow up to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide and thrive in zones 5 to 9. These grasses prefers partial shade to full sun lighted areas to grow. You can use plant these grasses on curbs or mixed border garden or in mass landscape. The grass plant grows well on moist soil but can tolerate heavy clay soil and heat.

6. Little Zebra or Dwarf Zebra Grass

Little Zebra or Dwarf Zebra Grass

Little Zebra also known as Zebra grass are great ornamental grasses used to decorate home gardens. These grasses have attractive leaves with yellow horizontal patterns over green leaves. These grasses also have showy copper-pink flowers that bloom in mid-summer. The grasses makes great for borders in mixed plant gardens.

It’s a dwarf grass so you can also place it in small spaces for decorative purposes by growing it in containers. These plants are also great for mass planting for hedges or as focal point.

7. New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax are ornamental grasses that created high drama in your garden with its upright spiky leaves and bold architectural structure. These grasses comes in various sizes and colors and make versatile design in any space. These upright grasses prefer partial shade to full sun spaces to grow and can grow up to 12 feet high and 10 feet wide.

These plants thrive in zones 8 to 11and can be used a focal point or to border your garden areas. These ornamental grasses are perfect for all spaces from large landscapes to small urban yards. For best visual effect combine these grasses with soft texture plants with vibrant color flowers to create a contrast.

These grasses can grow nicely in cooler regions as well.

8. Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus

Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus

Dwarf Egyptian papyrus are aquatic African sedge that can grow annually along shallow ponds or marshes or on boggy soil. These grasses grows upright in a graceful vase-shape along with showy flower tufts that gives off an exotic look. These grasses are aesthetically appealing plants that thrives in zones 10 and 11. These plant grows up to 3 feet wide and 1 to 2 feet tall.

Place these grass plant in containers with moist soil and see it become aesthetically pleasing decor for your water feature garden.

9. Blue Mohawk or Soft Rush

Blue Mohawk or Soft Rush

Blue Mohawk or soft rush are ornamental grasses that grows in upright spiky clusters with reed-like blades. These sedge are very versatile and tough and prefers moist soil to grow or in shallow waters like along the stream beds borders or marshes. These grasses blooms cone-like tan flowers as well and perfect for rain gardens or garden areas with boggy or marshy soil.

These grass plant prefers partial shade or full sun to grow and can grow up to 3 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. These grasses thrive in zones 5 to 9.


So which ornamental plants did you pick for your garden? Let us know your preferred ornamental grasses.

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