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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS brachytricha Korean Feather Reed Grass

Fluffy tawny pink plumes in Sept. fade to tan. Great fall accent. Reseeds.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Grass CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ Feather Reed Grass

Attractive variegated cultivar with white-centered blades edged in green.

4-5 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
Annual CAREX buchananii ‘Firefox’ Leatherleaf Sedge

Narrow copper-colored blades provide interest in containers.  Will overwinter in Vermont with adequate snow cover. 

22-24 inches 6
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 oshimensis ‘Everglow’ Evercolor Sedge

Cream edging of the evergreen, arching foliage becomes orange from autumn into the spring. Habit is compact and mounding.

12-18 inches 5
Grass CAREX pensylvanica Pennsylvania Sedge

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

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
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 ‘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 ‘Cool as Ice’ Blue Fescue

Tufts of soft gray-green foliage turn blue in summer.  Improved heat tolerance. Needs well-drained soil.

12-18 inches
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/Part Shade 4
Grass HAKONECHLOA macra ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass

A cultivar with bright metallic gold foliage and more upright habit. The reddish inflorescence in the fall adds color and grace.

12-24 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
Grass HELICTOTRICHON sempervirens 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
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
Grass MISCANTHUS floridulus ‘Giganteus’ Giant Silver Grass

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

8-10 feet Sun 5
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 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 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 ‘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 purpureum ‘Vertigo’ Red Fountain Grass

An upright form with wide, deep green foliage that matures to dark purple.  Large and dramatic!

4-8 feet Tropical
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/Part Shade Tropical
Annual PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Rubrum’ Red Fountain Grass

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

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 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 ‘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 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
Grass SPOROBOLUS heterolepis Prairie Dropseed

Fine-textured arching green blades form attractive mounds. Orange fall color. Seed heads in airy panicles.

20-22 inches Sun 3