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5 Eyecatching Ornamental Grasses

Updated on March 14, 2012

Ornamental grasses are great for accent planting, and add drama and texture to your garden. Taller varieties like Pink Pampas Grass can even be used to create a decorative natural privacy screen to obstruct your view of an unsightly object like your neighbors broke-down boat that somehow has weeds growing out of it. Put the exclamation mark on your garden this year with the 5 eye-catching ornamental grasses below! 

Red Wind Grass
Red Wind Grass

1. Red Wind Grass

This attractive ornamental grass will add brilliant color to your garden in the fall. These 2-3 ft. tall plants that spread equally as wide are packed with thick green grass blades that become brilliant red in the Autumn. Northern Lights Grass grows best in full sun or partial shade, and looks great cascading over the edge of a pond or retaining wall. Zones 5-9

Pink Pampas Grass
Pink Pampas Grass

2. Pink Pampas Grass

Beautiful Pink Pampas Grass is a perfect choice for showy accent planting. Reaching heights of up to seven feet tall, it will thrive from mid to late summer. This ornamental grass can be used to create a decorative natural privacy screen or to add texture, grace and height to floral arrangements. Prefers full sun. Zones 7-10

Northern Lights Grass
Northern Lights Grass

3. Northern Lights Grass

This outstanding ornamental grass is sure to catch the eye of passing birds, and have them stopping by your garden for a visit. Robins, bluebirds, goldfinches and chickadees will use the grass for food, nesting material, and shelter. Northern Lights Grass grows to twelve inches tall, and is a great looking accent plant for the garden. Zones 4-9 

Zebra Grass
Zebra Grass
Diamond Grass
Diamond Grass

4. Zebra Grass

This eye-catching landscape accent grows 5-7 feet tall and spreads 3-5 feet wide. The exotic looking ornamental grass has emerald-green foliage which will be lined with gold stripes in the middle of the summer. In the autumn silvery plumes will appear, and last through the winter. Zebra grass thrives in full sun, and does well in most soil conditions. Drought tolerant. Zones 4-9

5. Diamond Grass

Morning dew reflects sunlight and looks like hundreds of glimmering gems on the stems of Diamond Grass. This stunning eye-catcher will do well in shady areas, but to enjoy the full beauty of the glimmering effect, you'll want to plant your diamond grass in a sunny spot. Plants grow up to 48" tall. Zones 4-10

A beautifully landscaped garden will allow you to escape to a peaceful retreat without leaving home. Make the most of your garden this summer, and cherish every minute that your schedule will allow you to enjoy the nice weather before old man winter strolls back in.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      I'm thinking of replacing a lot of my plants with flowering grasses because of their easy care. Thanks for the info.

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