Grasses have really been gaining in popularity during the last few years, and for good reason. They're gorgeous! And they are some of the most interesting plants in the garden all winter.
The Miscanthus varieties have the beautiful plumes, and are the most popular group of grasses. They plume out from August to October, depending on the variety, and stand anywhere from 2 to 8 feet tall.
The Panicum varieties plume out in August. They make great fillers for bouquets, mixed with flowers or other grasses. Most stand around 4 feet tall.
Calamagrostis plumes out in July, and stands stiffly erect at about 4 feet. Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster' was the first grass named as “Perennial of the Year” in 2001 by the Perennial Plant Association.
Most grasses want to be in full sun, but there are some good grasses for shadier areas, such as Deschampsia and Carex, which are shorter than the sun grasses, but still lush and interesting.
Grasses have become the main attraction in the fall at Hornbaker Gardens.