Perennial Grasses

Top 5 Perennial Grasses You Need in Your Garden

By: Christina Timm

Karl Foerster

Karl Foerster

Why is Grass an essential perennial to have in your garden? Because grasses provide great visual texture and offer autumn color during the fall. They are great standalone plants or they can be accented with other flowering perennials. They are also very low-maintenance plants that work great in any landscape area providing enough sun.

Maiden Grass – miscanthus sinensis

Maiden Grass

Maiden Grass

Must Have: This graceful, ornamental grass offers variegated foliage with feathery flower plumes late summer thru fall.

Light: Sun to part shade

Size: about 5-7’ tall and 2’ wide

Bloom: Late summer thru fall

Zone: 4-9

Switch Grass ‘Shenandoah’ – Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass

Switch Grass

Must have: This grass starts off with green blades then changes to wonderful dark red during the summer

Light: Sun

Size: 36” tall and 24” wide

Bloom: Late summer thru fall

Zone: 2-9

Feather Reed Grass ‘Karl Foerster’ – Calamagrostis acutiflora

Karl Foerster

Karl Foerster

Must Have: This grass offers feathery wheat-colored flower plumes blooming through summer and into fall. Most popular and very hardy grass.

Light: Sun

Size: 4-5’ tall and 2’ wide

Bloom: Early summer thru fall

Zone: 4-9

Switch Grass ‘Ruby Ribbons’ – Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass

Switch Grass

Must Have: This grass starts out with deep blue-green foliage that matures into burgundy fall colors.

Light: Sun to part shade

Size: 3-4’ tall and 2-3’ wide

Bloom: Early summer thru late summer

Zone: 4-9

Standing Ovations – Schizachyrium scoparium

Standing Ovations

Standing Ovations

Must Have: This grass starts off with blue foliage and transitions to reddish fall color with a strong upright growth habit.

Light: Sun

Size: 40-48” tall and 12” wide

Bloom: Mid to late summer

Zone: 3-8

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