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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Grass ANDROPOGON gerardii ‘Red October’ Big Bluestem

An upright selection that turns a brilliant red in the autumn. Plumes are also are red-toned.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

Upright clump-forming habit with lasting summer flower plumes.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass CAREX appalachica Appalachian Sedge

Very fine hair-like foliage in a tidy arching clump.  Excellent for dry shade.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass CAREX eburnea Bristle Leaf Sedge

A petite grass that forms spherical mounds of fine green foliage.

6-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Grass CAREX elata ‘Bowles Golden’ Golden Sedge

One of the best golden leaved “grasses”. Blades have a narrow green margin and fountain into an upright vase shape. Best in moist sites.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ Blue Sedge

Mats of blue-gray narrow foliage are long-lived and adaptable.

8-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ Japanese Sedge

Semi-evergreen, grass-like foliage edged white. Dry shade tolerant.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Grass CAREX muskingumensis ‘Little Midge’ Dwarf Palm Sedge

An adorable dwarf form with bright green palm-like foliage.

8-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX muskingumensis ‘Oehme’ Variegated Palm Sedge

Glossy green palm-like foliage with narrow gold edge.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass CAREX pensylvanica Pennsylvania Sedge

A tough native grass with fine-textured, arching green foliage.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Grass CAREX plantaginea Seersucker Sedge

Bold, broadly ribbed foliage excellent in shade with ferns and hostas.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Grass CAREX siderosticha ‘Banana Boat’ Variegated Broad-leaved Sedge

One inch blades are banana yellow edged in green.  Brightens up a shady spot!

6-12 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Grass CAREX siderosticha ‘Snow Cap’ Variegated Broad-leaved Sedge

A smaller growing broad-leaved sedge with creamy white blades edged in green.  Variegation much more pronounced than C. s. ‘Variegata’.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Grass CAREX siderosticha ‘Variegata’ Variegated Broad-leaved Sedge

Deciduous sedge with wide blades of green with a pronounced cream edge.  Excellent shade groundcover.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Grass DESCHAMPSIA caespitosa ‘Goldgehaenge’ Tufted Hair Grass

Evergreen tufts to 12″ with golden yellow inflorescences held above the foliage.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Grass DESCHAMPSIA flexuosa Wavy Hair Grass

This diminutive grass thrives in dry shade. Fine-textured and delicate in appearance, it is tough and drought tolerant In spring it is topped with graceful feathery flowers.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass FESTUCA glauca ‘Blue Whiskers’ Blue Fescue

More vigorous than Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ this cultivar has longer, brighter blue leaf blades.

10-12 inches Sun 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass

A cultivar with bright metallic gold foliage and more upright habit.

16-18 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Aureola’ Japanese Forest Grass

Low, arching bamboo-like foliage of yellow with a green line. One of the best grasses for shade. Spreads slowly.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘Sunflare’ Japanese Forest Grass

A sport of H. ‘All Gold’ with chartreuse gold foliage tipped in crimson.   Becomes more orange and burgundy in the fall.

16-18 inches Part Shade 4
Grass HELICTOTRICHON sempervirens ‘Sapphire’ Blue Oat Grass

Spiny stiff foliage radiating from a central point forms an attractive blue clump.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Grass JUNCUS inflexus Lovesick Blues’ Blue Rush

Grass-like mounds of blue-gray triangular stems. Great for wet sites. Discovered at Plant Delights Nursery.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Grass LUZULA sylvatica ‘Solar Flair’ Greater Wood Rush

Excellent grass-like plant for shade. Semi-evergreen foliage is bright yellow-green.  Prefers moisture, but will tolerate dryness.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass LUZULA sylvatica ‘Surprise’ Greater Wood Rush

Grass-like shade plant with foliage variegated in cream. New shoots almost entirely white!  Semi-evergreen.  Prefers moist soils, but quite tolerant of drier conditions.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Grass MISCANTHUS floridulus ‘Giganteus’ Giant Silver Grass

Impressive 8’-10′ grass with silver plumes in October.

8-10 feet Sun 5
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Graziella’ Maiden Grass

Beautiful white plumes in August over fine foliage. Great for northern gardens.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Little Miss’ Maiden Grass

A compact form with arching foliage emerging green in the spring, then transitioning to red and purple over the course of the summer.  A more refined alternative to M. ‘Purpurescens’.

2-3 feet Sun 5
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Malepartus’ Maiden Grass

Robust  with large pink-purple plumes in August turning silver. Good fall color.

6-7 feet Sun 5
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Morning Light’ Maiden Grass

Slender foliage is variegated with white creating an overall silvery effect. Nice upright habit

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Purpurescens’ Maiden Grass

Green foliage turns red at the end of summer. Plumes up early. Very hardy.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Scout’ Maiden Grass

Narrow leaves  topped by silvery pink plumes in late summer.  This cultivar is sterile and will not re-seed.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Strictus’ Porcupine Grass

Green with yellow-gold horizontal bars. Reportedly hardier than M. ‘Zebrinus’.

4-6 feet Sun 5
Grass MISCANTHUS sinensis ‘Variegatus’ Variegated Maiden Grass

Bright green and white striping down each blade. An attractive accent in the garden.

5-6 feet Sun 5
Grass MOLINA arundinacea Skyracer’ Purple Moor Grass

Dramatic tall grass with airy yellow-gold seed heads and gold foliage in fall. Plumes to 6 feet.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass MOLINA caerulea ‘Moorhexe’ Purple Moor Grass

Slender brownish-purple seedheads in late summer. Finely textured. Foliage turns golden in fall.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Grass MOLINA caerulea ‘Strahlenquelle’ Purple Moor Grass

Green foliage only grows to 24” tall, but the golden flower plumes spire to 48”. The whole plant turns gold in the fall.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Grass MOLINA caerulea ‘Variegata’ Variegated Moor Grass

Clumps of brightly variegated cream and green blades. Flowers attractive and plant looks good all season. One of our favorites.

14-16 inches Sun 4
Grass PANICUM amarum ‘Dewey Blue’ Blue Switch Grass

A selection of a tough, native switch grass with lovely glaucous blue foliage and vase-shaped habit. Airy tan plumes in late summer. Drought-tolerant.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM ‘Ruby Ribbons’ Red Switch Grass

Metallic blue foliage with red overtones turns a beautiful wine-red as the weather cools.

4-6 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ Blue Switch Grass

Striking steel-blue foliage with reddish brown plumes in fall. Upright habit.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Northwind’ Switch Grass

Wide olive-green foliage makes a strong vertical accent topped in September with narrow plumes.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ Red Switch Grass

Red-tipped foliage appears in spring followed by reddish-pink flower panicles in summer. Foliage deepens to burgundy in the fall.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Grass PANICUM virgatum ‘Thundercloud’ Switch Grass

A large cultivar with a strong upright habit. Pinkish-tan panicles over blue-green foliage.

6-8 feet Sun 4
Annual PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Fireworks’ Red Fountain Grass

A variegated form of red fountain grass with dark green blades stiped pink to dark purple.

2-4 feet Sun Tropical
Annual PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Rubrum’ Red Fountain Grass

Striking burgundy grass with rosy plumes. Lasts well into fall.

2-3 feet Sun Tropical
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ Little Bluestem

An improved selection with a more upright habit. Steel blue foliage highlighted with purple turns colorful shades of orange, red, pink and purple in the fall. Flower panicles are a glossy purple.

42-54 inches Sun 3
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Smoke Signal’ Little Bluestem

Upright blue-green foliage turns scarlet in late summer deepening to red purple through the fall.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ Little Bluestem

A thick-stemmed form that will not flop. Blue foliage turns red and orange in the fall.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Grass SCHIZACHYRIUM scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ Little Bluestem

Blue-green foliage begins to turn to purple in midsummer and deepens further in the fall.  Habit is upright and narrow.

48-54 inches Sun 3
Grass SPODIOPOGON sibiricus Silver Spike Grass

Dark green bamboo-like foliage topped by silver spikes Jul-Oct. Strong horizontal lines. Red fall foliage if grown in full sun.

4-6 feet Sun 3