Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

There are many varieties and what seems like endless options of ornamental grasses when trying to select one for your landscape. Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 3.05.30 PMIt is important to know how to differentiate between ornamental grasses because they all have a different effect on your garden beds, especially once matured. Below we will discuss different types of ornamental grasses and their use in the landscape, in hopes of helping you decide what will best fit your needs.

Maidengrass: One of the most common ornamental grasses of all. The largest of all, growing to a maximum height of about 8 feet. This plant offers light, silvery plumes which only add to the big and beautiful arching foliage.

Fountaingrass: Known for it’s mounding shape, and “fountain like” appearance. It also produces feather plumes that move gracefully in the wind. These grasses can get to be about 5 feet tall. If you are looking for a similar look but do not want something that tall, the variety ‘Hameln’ is a great option.

Switchgrass: A well-ventilated plant with lacy plumes forming in late summer into the fall and offering shades of red and gold. Grows to be about 5 feet tall and can also tolerate partial shade.

Japanese Forestgrass: The most vibrant and lowest grower out of the ornamental grass selection for the northeast. Its bright color lightens up shaded areas which is its perfect growing environment. Excellent use for accents in border plantings or container gardens.

Blue Oatgrass: A low care, lower growing grass with shades of blue and silver. Great when combined with other grasses because of the color difference. Also produces light brown panicles June through August.

If you are still trying to decide what variety to plant or where in your landscape to plant ornamental grasses, contact MF Landscape & Design, LLC at (508) 404-4819. We are always happy to help when it comes to helping fill in and add texture to garden beds.