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Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Oktoberfest'
If you can only have one medium to large grass in your garden it should be ‘Oktoberfest’. The color this grass displays is superior to other forms. Compared to older Miscanthus like ‘Gracillimus’, this selection blooms much earlier (making it better for northern climates where the growing season is shorter) and has much improved fall color. It also develops its beautiful fall color earlier in the season. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed. Miscanthus will tolerate poor quality soil and acidic soils. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0" Sarter Height: 6.0-7.0' Spread: 3.0-4.0' Form: Clumping...
Grass Miscanthus Sinenis 'Encore'
Common Name: Ornamental grass This grass was selected for its flowering performance earlier in the season. Encore is a perfect choice for northern climates, where the growing season is shorter. Since it blooms so early, this ornamental grass has a chance for an encore performance, shooting up a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes before frost hits. The flowers turn to a creamy tan color with age. This perennial forms a tall, upright clump of dark green leaves with white midribs. Miscanthus is great for addding winter interest in the garden. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0" Starter Plant...
Grass Calamagrostis brachytricha
Common name: Korean Feather Reed Grass This Asian native is the opposite of its European counterparts: it is a warm season grass that blooms from late summer through early fall. Perhaps best of all, this grass is shade tolerant, a rare trait for a large flowering grass. This species occurs naturally in moist, deciduous woodlands and therefore is adapted to grow and bloom in partial shade. It also grows very well in full sun where the habit will be tighter and the flowering will be more profuse. This grass forms an upright arching clump of ½” wide, glossy green leaves. Late in the season, fluffy...
Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Sunrise'
Common Name: Ornamental grass The most profusely blooming Miscanthus. Though the green leaves with silver mid-ribs form beautiful clumps, the most outstanding feature of this new cultivar is its flowers. In late summer, a profusion of full, burgundy plumes sweep the sky. The plant maintains its graceful form throughout winter, providing tremendous winter interest. Hardy to zone 4, this variety is great for northern climates. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can...
Grass Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat'
Common name: Broad-Leaf Sedge The one inch wide leaves are bright lemon or banana yellow with narrow, green margins and stripes. This is an outstanding accent plant for brightening up shady gardens or pathways and is also striking in containers. Native to mountain woodlands, 'Banana Boat' slowly creeps by rhizomes to form a dense mass of bold-textured foliage. It is a long-lived, durable sedge for the woodland garden. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0" Starter Plant Height: 6.0-10.0" Spread: 12.0-15.0" Hardy: 5,6,7,8,9 Form: clump Light requirements: Full Shade - Partial Shade
Grass Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'
Common name: Red Switch Grass Measuring in at just 3ft (2ft before blooming), 'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer. Proven Winners Variety. By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse. Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing...
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Twilight Zone'
Common name: Little Bluestem Grass This Schizachyrium is very different from other Schizachyrium. Most Schizachyriums t color up in fall, ‘Twilight Zone’ possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over the whole plant beginning in midsummer. It retains these eerily beautiful tones through fall when brighter purple highlights appear on the flower stems. The attractive foliage forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump that is about half as wide as it is tall. This grass would be stunning in combination with silver foliage plants like Silver Mound Artemisia in a sunny, hot, dry spot in the landscape. Schizachyrium is...
Hakonechloa Grass 'Aureola'
Common name: Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass, Ornamental Grass An intriguing grass for the shade which is perfect for the formal Japanese garden. Variegated but nearly all yellow, the leaf blades have narrow green stripes, mostly near the margins. Perhaps its most fascinating attribute is the cascading habit in which most of the leaves arch in the same direction, appearing much like a golden waterfall. Plant this grass where it will cascade down slopes, drape over rocks, crawl over the edges of walls, at the front of the garden, or even in containers. Though this grass does spread by rhizomes, it is...
Hakonechloa Grass 'All Gold'
Common name: Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass, Ornamental Grass A brilliant grass that absolutely glows in the shade! This all-gold version of H. macra is brighter in color than Hak. m. 'Aureola', has a more upright habit, and is reportedly a more vigorous grower. It tends to be more chartreuse in heavier shade, and brighter gold in more sun. Though this grass does spread by rhizomes, it is a slow grower and will not rapidly overtake its neighbors. Plant it where it can cascade down slopes, drape over rocks, crawl over the edges of walls, at the front of the garden, or even in containers. Hakonechloa is grown...
Grass Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'
Common name: Tufted Hair grass Show stopper alert! A smaller scale grass that's perfect for containers or filling spaces in the front of the garden. Thin green leaves have narrow creamy white margins with the variegation taking on very subtle pink-blush tone in cooler temperatures. Light green seed heads pop up slightly above the foliage and age to tan. Best in full sun but tolerates light shade. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0" Potted Plant Height: 12.0 Inches Spread: 16.0-18.0 Inches Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun) Attributes: Decorative Foliage/year...
Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
Common Name: Feather Reed Grass, Ornamental Grass Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long. 'Karl Foerster' provides a great backdrop for lower growing, flowering perennials throughout the year. It is also useful for screening purposes and will not reseed. A good choice for heavy clay soils. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 3.0” potted plant. Height: 5.0' Spread: 24.0" Flower Description: Golden, wheat-like seed appear mid-summer and...
Panicum virgatum 'Blue Fountain'
Common name: Red Switch Grass This blue Panicum bucks the horticulture trend of shrinking plants by towering around 7’ tall. Even with its considerable height, this grass stays very upright, supporting its late summer heavy flowering performance. Greenish tan flower panicles are held on the top two thirds of the plant and look like they burst out of the clump like water in a fountain. Its attractive blue-green leaves are very wide and strappy. This durable grass will tolerate drought, heat, and wind once established. Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in...
Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens ( Blue Oat grass)
Common name: Blue Oat graa Blue Oat grass looks like a miniature water fountain, with its densely packed leaves gently spraying upward and arching back downward at the tips. This species displays spiky, blue-gray foliage that will draw your attention all season long. In early summer, small, tan seed heads appear on tall stems held well above the foliage. In mild climates, this grass is evergreen; it is semi-evergreen in colder zones. Blue Oat Grass adds a wonderful coarse element to rock gardens, coastal gardens, or dry hillsides. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.0inch Starter Height: 24"-30" Spread: 24"-30"' Hardy:...
Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Star'
Common Name: Ornamental grass Compared to the older cultivar 'Silberfeder', 'Huron Star' is similar but with a few notable improvements such as a stronger and more upright habit, purple flowering stems, and brighter fall color. The green leaves have a narrow white midrib and form an upright vase-like clump. In late summer, large coppery seed heads turn into fluffy creamy tan panicles which are carried atop purple stems well above the foliage. In fall, the foliage turns colorful shades of red, orange, burgundy, and gold. This is a very tall ornamental grass that is suitable en masse as a backdrop in the...
Grass Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'
Common name: Switch Grass Neither rain nor wind will knock this solid grass down! ‘Apache Rose’ has a dense, upright, columnar habit with grey-green leaves. In the fall, the tips of the leaves are flushed with a hint of rosy-red. While other green-leaved Switch Grass typically have cream or tan inflorescences, ‘Apache Rose’ has unique rose-colored flower panicles—a welcome color in the fall garden. Proven Winners Variety. Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are...
Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Puppy Love'
Common name: Fountain Grass Puppy Love has a graceful, arching habit, medium to dark green foliage with burgundy accents. The darker red inflorescences begin to show color in late summer and continues until frost. Since this is not a sterile variety, make sure to deadhead seed heads so they don't seed around. Size: 2.0" Starter plant Height: 30-36" Spread: 30-36" Light requirement: Full sun Hardy Zone: 5,6,7,8,9 Form: Clumping
Grass Calamagrostis 'Avalanche'
Common name: Feather Reed grass A stunning variegated form of 'Karl Foerster'. This selection has deep green leaves with a wide white stripe down the center. The variegation remains distinctively appealing throughout the growing season. This is the perfect plant to use as a screen or backdrop in your garden due to its distinctly upright and clumping habit. This grass produces a very nice rustling sound in mid to late summer, when the wind blows. Worth planting some of these close by the patio.Flower plumes start off cream turning to a more golden wheat color as they age. Feather Reed...
Grass Carex siderosticha 'Snow Cap'
Common name: Broad-Leaf Sedge This selection has nearly all-cream to bright white, wide, strappy leaves with narrow green stripes. It forms a dense, slowly spreading clump of deciduous, deer resistant foliage and has insignificant flowers. ‘Snow Cap’ easily complements many other shade perennials such as hostas, ferns, and heartleaf Brunnera, brightening up containers and gardens with its light colored foliage. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.5" Starter Hardy: 5,6,7,8,9 Height: 6.0-8.0" Spread: 12.0-15.0" Form: clump Light requirements: part to full shade Requires consistent moisture for leaves to look attractive.
Grass Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light' 1 Gallon Pot
Morning Light is one of the finest cultivars of Miscanthus. Fine leaf blades are green with clean, very thin, white margins that give the plant a silvery cast when viewed from a distance. This plant is luminous when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun. It is prized for its rounded habit that never flops.This particular variety requires a very long, hot growing season to be able to produce flowers. Miscanthus will tolerate poor quality soil and acidic soils. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 1 Gallon Pot, 2yr old size Height: 4.-5.' Spread: 3.0' Hardy Zones: 5,6,7,8,9 Form:Clump forming Attributes: Deer resistant...
Grass Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Common name: Switch Grass 'Northwind' features one of the best vertical forms of any of the many panicum cultivars currently available in commerce. Olive-green to bluish-green foliage forms a compact, narrow, erect, 4-5' tall clump. Foliage turns yellow-beige in fall and provides good winter interest. Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versitile from a design standpoint; it...
Grass Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'
Common name: Gold Sedge This sedge has bright gold foliage with thin green margins and is taller than most other sedges. It is an excellent choice as a highlight plant for a shade or water garden. 'Bowles Golden' is a moisture loving grass that needs to be constantly wet or moist to thrive. It will grow in shallow water and looks great around a pond with hostas. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 2.5inch Starter Height: 2.0-3.0' Spread: 2.0-.3.0' Hardy: 5,6,7,8 Form: clump Light requirements: Partial Shade (4 hrs of early or late day sun)
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Common Name: Maiden Grass 'Gracillimus', Chinese silver grass, Japanese silver grass One of the oldest and well-known cultivars of Miscanthus, 'Gracillimus' has beautiful, rounded mounds of fine, silver-veined green leaves that arch gracefully as they sway in the wind. In early fall, fan-like plumes emerge with a reddish tint and then age to a soft silvery-white. They are complimented nicely by the golden-yellow fall colour of the leaves. Miscanthus is a genus of tall clumping grass with attractive foliage and colourful inflorescence late summer into winter. It is versatile from a design standpoint. it can be used as a specimen, for...
Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'
Common name: Variegated Feather Reed Grass 'Overdam' has variegated foliage that starts out with bright creamy-white margins which then fade to white with a pink flush. The upright clump of foliage will remain under 2' tall. In late spring/early summer, strikingly erect, feathery plumes with sand-colored seed heads appear, reaching up to 5' tall. 'Overdam' is an ideal backdrop for low-growing, flowering perennials all through the year. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 1 Gallon 2yr old Height: 5' Spread: 18.0"-24.0" Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8, Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) Attributes: Decorative Foliage/year round interest Deer Resistant
Grass Miscanthus Sinensis variegatus 1 Gallon Pot
This is a true gem for any garden. Miscanthus s. 'Variegatus' ia green and white variegated foliage with a dense growth habit. Adding not only texture but color. The size of this grass makes it easy to add into many spots. Miscanthus will tolerate poor quality soil and acid soils. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size: 1 Gallon Pot, 2yr old size Hardy Zone: 5,6,7,8,9 Height: 5-6' Spread: 3' clump forming Sunlight: Full Sun (6+ hrs. Direct Sun) Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun) Attributes: Deer resistant
Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland'
Common Name: Ornamental grass A dwarf form of 'Variegatus' with very similar green and white variegated foliage but a shorter, more compact growth habit. This selection should not need staking like its taller cousin. It provides a strong white element to the landscape which is especially pronounced when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens. The silky pink plumes which appear in late summer are very showy. A good choice for containers. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant...
Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder'
Common Name: Ornamental grass, Chinese Silver grass, Japanese Silver grass, Silver feather grass In late summer, large silvery seed heads turn into fluffy creamy tan panicles which are carried atop purple stems well above the foliage. In fall, the foliage turns colorful shades of red, orange, burgundy, and gold. This is a very tall ornamental grass that is suitable en masse as a backdrop in the landscape or planted singly as a focal point. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass...
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Common name: Variegated Sedge, Ornamental grass With its wide, strappy leaves measuring ¼-½" across, this carex makes a bold statement in the shade garden. The leaves are dark green with bright white variegated edges. Small, cream, bottlebrush-like flowers are produced in mid-spring but are rather insignificant to the plant's ornamental value. This variety will grow in a variety of conditions, from nearly full sun to shade, and required consistently moist soil. Unlike many other sedges, 'Ice Dance' is a slow to moderate spreader that should be used as a groundcover or contained in pots. Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc. Size:...
Grass Schizachyrium s. 'Blue Paradise'
Common name: Little Bluestem Grass The habit is very upright and columnar, and maintains its upright habit through fall. At 3½ feet tall, this grass will be the perfect backdrop to your garden. True to its name, ‘Blue Paradise’ has striking silvery blue stems in summer. In the fall, this grass takes center stage as the leaves develop a deep wine purple color. In early fall, tiny tan seed heads appear on the top half of the stems. Proven Winners Variety. Schizachyrium is a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow...
Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Anthem'
Autumn Anthem has been selected for its heavy flower production and perfect habit all season. Autumn Anthem is the epitome of fall blooming Miscanthus. It forms a dense, rounded ball-shaped clump of finely textured, dark green leaves with a narrow, white midrib and is nearly equal in height and spread. Before blooming, the foliage stands about 3 ½’ tall. In early to mid-fall, a profusion of feathery, cream-colored plumes cover the top 2/3 of the plant. There are plenty to use for cut flowers and dried flower bouquets. Be sure to leave this grass standing so it can provide winter...
Ornamental grasses are often used in landscaping designs for their variety in texture, form, and height. Hardy grass plants also add soothing motion and sound to gardens as they gently sway in the warm summer breeze. This type of perennial plant is easy to care for, requiring very little upkeep in order to thrive. Providing water during dry spells and annual pruning and trimming are all the hardy grass plants we sell need in terms of care. Take a look at all your options below. You’ll find various heights, colors, and dimensions of perennial grasses to suit your various needs. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out.