You can't open any architecture or gardening magazine without seeing ornamental or native grasses featured. Only a few short years ago there were a handful of kinds to pick from. Now there are tons more and all of them work well in a garden planter. A number of reasons why they are so popular is they are low maintenance, look fantastic and they adapt to most climates. Here is a list of a few grasses that deserve wider use in America's gardens. While some are new, others have been around for quite a while and just been overlooked. Check them out!
Autumn Moor Grass is a tidy work horse. It grows 12 to 16" tall and wide and loves full sun and light shade. Whether used singularly or in mass, this grass can be put to almost any use in the garden. You cannot ask for a tidier ornamental grass than this, and it's considered one of the finest. It features beautiful bright yellow green foliage, which sports attractive, neat flowers, emerging white in early autumn and fading to tan. This is the go-to be-all grass to pot.
Ruby Grass offers fluffy plumes. Grows 12 to 18 tall and wide and likes full sun. This clumping, blue green foliage grass has amethyst pink flowers that create fluffy, 8 to 12 inch long plumes throughout summer. Eventually, the flowers mature to the color of root beer foam. It's heat and drought tolerant, and it makes a fine annual in colder climates. Excellent drainage in the garden planter you use will help it thrive in humid summer climates.
Vetiver has unique leaf tips. This grass grows 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide so make sure you have plenty of room in the planter you use. It loves full sun to light shade. This beautiful ornamental has upright, glossy green foliage and interesting, animated leaf tips that resemble party favors. These plants gain reddish purple hues in the fall and winter. It is so good for the desert climates that it's used a lot to hide air conditioners in may yards. More gardeners find it useful in pots as a screen. It takes damp soils and is used to prevent bank erosion in canals and bayous. This baby is nice!