A Guide to Perennial Grasses

Grasses have more uses than you might think! When planted strategically, grasses have many uses. They can create different kinds of spaces and attract birds. Grasses can be a coverage plant to fill empty spaces and can act as borders. For example, all grasses can be planted in a circle or half moon arrangement with a private seating area in the middle. Below are some useful facts about the varieties we have available.


Dwarf Zebra Grass “Little Zebra”


A dwarf variety of ornamental grass that derives its name from its horizontal stripes and stiff blades. Arching habit. Bronze-pink plumes in late summer. Grows 3-4’ tall and 2-3’ wide. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Hardy to zone 5.






Blue Fescue “Elijah Blue”


A durable and long-lasting ornamental grass. Plumes tower over blue mounds with buff-colored seed heads. Can be used as an edging plant or can be planted in masses anywhere ground cover is needed. Blue Fescue should be planted in full sun and well-draining soil. It will tolerate dry, infertile soils, and is drought tolerant once established. Grows 6-10” tall and 6-8” wide. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Hardy to zone 4.


Northern Sea Oats


A native North American grass that tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Prefers full sun to part shade, and can tolerate being planted in a variety of soils ranging from dry to moist. Attractive seed heads resemble flat oats, while the foliage resembles bamboo. Grows 3-4’ tall and 13-30” wide. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Hardy to zone 5.






Mexican Feather Grass