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6 Most Showy Grasses for Your Landscape

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We’ve written a lot about flowers but grasses can be showy too. These incredible lanscaping marvels will make a great addition to any garden or front yard. They are whimsical and eye-catchy and can become real stars of any outdoor area.

Stipa Barbata “Silver Feather Grass”

stipa barbata

Stipa Barbata makes for beautiful bouquet arrangements due to its curly white fuzzy stems hence the name “Silver Feather Grass”. It may take several years of growing to show its true potential but it’s definitely worth it. It is also quite expensive as the awns produce a single seed.

Pink Muhly Grass

pink muhly grass

Pink Muhly grass is a drought tolerant plant that looks like cotton candy and blooms throughout the fall. The small bushes reach 4 feet high and can be planted together or separately as a pop of color. The best thing about this grass is that it grows in practically any conditions.

Imperata cylndrica ‘Rubra’

Japanese blood grass

Also known as Japanese Blood Grass Imperata definitely captures attention with its dip-dyed-looking leaves that start green and end with blood red blades. This ornamental grass prefers full sun and can tolerate drought. See the black grass at the bottom mof this planter? It’s black Mondo grass that you can also grow separately and which looks especially cool around Halloween time.

Black Mondo Grass

black mondo grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ is a sweetly scented grass with deep purple blade-like leaves that spread to two feet. The new foliage starts dark green and turns black by summer, it also blooms and produces berries.

Blue Festuca

Blue Festuca Grass Festuca ovina glauca

A beautiful ground cover that gives off cool blue color grows in puff-like clumps that reach 6-10”. Its tolerant to poor dry soil and is hardy and spreading.

Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

Pennisetum 'Fireworks'

‘Fireworks’ is a fountain grass that comes in a mix of pinks, burgundy, and magenta shades The grass awns also come in pinkish tones. It reaches 3 feet tall in full sun and well-drained soil provided there’s regular watering.

Which of these beautiful ornamental grasses would you plant?

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