Grasses for Any Situation FOR OUTSTANDING FALL COLOR
These grasses turn attractive colors in autumn, providing an additional season of interest (the fall leaf color follows the botanical name):
Broom-sedge (Andropogon virginicus, orange),
Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron,' wine-red),
Flame Grass (Miscanthus 'Purpurascens,' orange-red),
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum, golden-yellow),
Red Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms,' burgundy),
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans, yellow-orange),
Variegated prairie cord grass (Spartina pectinata 'Aureomarginata,' yellow),
Japanese Themeda (Themeda japonica, red-orange) FOR A WET SITE
These grasses will grow in wet or poorly drained soils:
Sweet flag (Acorus calamus),
Japanese Sweet Flag (Acorus gramineus),
Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora),
Rushes (Juncus, all species),
Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea),
'Woods Dwarf' dwarf ribbon grass (Phalaris arundinacea 'Woods Dwarf'),
Feesey's Form Ribbon Grass (Phalaris anundinacea 'Feesey's Form'),
Variegated prairie cord grass (Spartina pectinata 'Aureomarginata') FOR SCREENING
These grasses provide good height, dense foliage and fast growth, making them excellent choices for screens:
Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'),
Compact pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'),
Ravenna Grass (Saccharum ravannae),
'Cabaret' Miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis condensatus 'Cabaret'),
'Morning Light' Miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'),
Silver Feather Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder') FOR A DRY SITE
Once established, these grasses tolerate heat and drought:
Broom-sedge (Andropogon virginicus),
Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula),
Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis),
Atlas Fescue (Festuca mairei),
June Grass (Koeleria macrantha),
Blue Hair Grass (Koeleria glauca),
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum),
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans),
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) FOR LIGHT SHADE While most grasses prefer full sun, these either tolerate or prefer light shade:
Golden Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis 'Variegatus'),
Sedges (most Carex species),
Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia caespitosa),
Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra),
Bottle-brush Grass (Hystrix patula),
Variegated Moor Grass (Molina caerulea 'Variegata'),
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea),
Autumn Moor Grass (Sesleria autumnalis)
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