with you some good information on Ornamental Grasses; a very exciting category of landscape plants that has been on an upward trend for two decade now.
Considering the broad variety of plant sizes, forms, colors, and textures that are now available for the home landscape, most professional designers would advise you to seek out ornamental plants that possess two or more of the most desirable plant qualities; showy flowers, easy maintenance, textural foliage, fall color, and winter interest.
With these features in mind, it’s no wonder that Ornamental Grasses have become a plant favorite of many gardeners and landscape designers. Ornamental grasses possess all or most of these desirable qualities, and have many structural and decorative uses in the residential landscape.
Ornamental grasses have proven themselves to be some of the most versatile, beautiful, and durable plants in the garden. Their uses range from being vertical accent pieces like the ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass (calamagrostis acutiflora) A 48″ cool season native with wheat colored flower heads which tolerates drought and poor clay soils (sound familiar?), to being a mounding foundation plant like the Prairie Dropseed (sporobolus heterolepis) An upright arching, late summer bloomer growing to 36″ with its fragrant flowers and golden fall color. There are even certain varieties that can be used as strong architectural specimens like the Maiden Grass (Miscanthus ‘Silver Feather’) growing 84″ tall, this grass has a very fluffy silver flower head and a rich blend of purple, red and gold fall color.
Because ornamental grasses have such a considerable interest level in the fall garden, good companion plants will also have fall highlights. Try using grasses near colorful woody plants like Maple, Burning Bush, Serviceberry, Oak and Viburnum. Accent the garden with New England Asters, Chocolate Joe Pyeweed, and purple varieties of the succulent Sedum like ‘Black Jack’.