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Ornamental Grass

ornamental-grass.jpgGrasses respond and start to grow based upon temperature. Some grasses will start to grow in early spring when temperatures are still cool (Cool Season Grasses) and others will wait until the soil is warm and temperatures are more stable (Warm Season Grasses). As with any other perennial, success depends greatly on soil preparation and good drainage. Ornamental grasses require relatively low levels of fertility. Plants should be well watered the first season to help develop a good root system.

Grasses are clump forming or rhizome forming. Clump forming grasses grow in mounds or clumps. They mix well with other perennials and are not invasive. Many will increase in size slowly over time. The rhizome forming grasses, or "running" grass, spread by underground stems and can become invasive.

 PLANTING: Most should be planted in a sunny location, spacing appropriate to the ultimate height and spread of the species. Grasses are widely tolerant of soils, many will thrive in wet soils and are excellent by the water's edge, and many will tolerate poor, dry soils.

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MAINTENANCE: While grasses may require two to three seasons to become fully established, they are of the easiest, most trouble-free culture. They will withstand drought once established, and are virtually untouched by insects and diseases. The only pruning needed is to annually cut back to ground level in late winter or very, very early spring. Winter mulch is recommended. Once established, clumps may require dividing from time to time. To dry seeds, cut before seed ripens, and hang upside-down in a dark place.

  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Carex appalachica

    Carex appalachica (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex appalachica Sedge - Appalachica SedgeVery fine, dark green, weeping blades, 12" long. Evergreen in warmer climates. Appalachian Sedge is a native to the Eastern U.S. Clumping nature-spreading slowly- makes it suitable for borders. A good ground...

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  • Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke'
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    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental GrassA new nativar perfect for the late summer landscape! The seedheads on this moderately sized grass billow over the top of the habit. Wide, steel colored leaves densely pack...

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  • Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'
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    Andropogon g. 'Blackhawks' PP27949 (30)ct Flat

    Andropogon g. 'Blackhawks' Common Name: Big Bluestem, Ornamental GrassBig Bluestem are perfect for providing height and color to the garden, coming into prime a little earlier than other ornamental grasses. The foliage of 'Blackhawks' emerges deep green...

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  • Pennisetum a. 'Puppy Love'
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    Pennisetum a. 'Puppy Love' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Pennisetum a. 'Puppy Love' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Fountain Grass, Ornamental GrassThis seedling of 'Ginger Love' has the same intermediate height as its parent, but with noticeably darker seed heads. Its graceful, arching habit has medium to dark...

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  • Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' PP21002 EVERCOLOR Series
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    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' PP21002 (30)ct Flat

    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' bronze

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' (30)ct Flat

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Maiden Grass Zone 5 to 9, Full sun to part shade Plants reach 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Beautiful, rounded mounds of fine, silver-veined green leaves arch gracefully as they...

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  • Helictotrichon sempervirens

    Helictotrichon sempervirens (30)ct Flat

    Helictotrichon sempervirens Common name: Grass-Ornamental, Blue Oat Grass. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide; Clump forming, semi-evergreen habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow, cool season...

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  • Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

    Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (30)ct Flat

    Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Golden Variegated Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass Zone 5 to 9, Part to Full shade Plants reach 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 2009Royal...

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  • Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' Photo courtesy of Terra Novaurseries, Inc.

    Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' (30)ct Flat

    Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass Zone 5 to 10, Full sun Plants reach 9 to 14 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. A brilliant that absolutely glows in the shade! This all-gold version of H...

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  • Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances'

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' (30)ct Flat

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex. Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding...

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  • Festuca 'Blue Whiskers'
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    Festuca g. 'Blue Whiskers' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Festuca g. 'Blue Whiskers' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Ornamental Grass, Blue Fescue When it comes to ornamental grasses, Blue Fescue has long been a popular choice due to its diminutive size and interesting texture. Compared to classic variety...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' Common Name: Bunny Blue® Sedge, RushFamily: Cyperaceae Zone: 5 to 9 Height: 12 inches Spread: 12 inches Bloom Time: Insignificant yellowish flowers late spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae Zone: 4 to 9 Height: 8 to 10 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Insignificant green flowers, late Spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low Deer...

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  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Encore' PPAF
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    Miscanthus s. 'Encore' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Miscanthus s. 'Encore' PPAF (30)ct Flat Height: 6-6.5 Feet, Spread: 4 FeetHardiness Zone: 5 - 9Full sun to Part shade Hybridized and selected at Walters Gardens, Inc. for its flowering performance earlier in the season, ‘Encore’ is a perfect...

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  • Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus'aka 'Ebony Knight' and 'Nigrescens'Common Name: mondo grassType: Herbaceous perennialFamily: AsparagaceaeZone: 6 to 9Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feetSpread: 0.75 to 1.00 feetBloom Time: July to AugustBloom Description: PinkSun: Full sun...

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  • Liriope muscari 'John Burch'

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the winter. Mature field grown plant shipped bare root...

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  • Liriope muscari 'John Burch'

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Click here for more ordering and shipping information. Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the...

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