Ornamental Grass is a very popular category of landscape plants. Ornamental grasses have it all! Grasses are colorful, hardy, display all season interest, and are easy to maintain. The texture, form, and colors of ornamental grass are difficult to duplicate with any other plant.
Ornamental grasses are commonly divided into two categories, warm and cool season grass. Warm season grasses begin growing quickly in late spring and early summer whereas cool season grasses begin greening up in early spring. Popular cool season grasses include fescues, blue oat grass, and autumn moor grass. Popular warm season grasses include northern sea oats, hardy pampas grass, fountain grass and switch grass.
Ornamental grasses are easy to care for and maintain and they are relatively disease and pest free. Take care to not over fertilize the grasses. Too much fertilizer promotes excessive growth and then the grass becomes unmanageable and flops over.
Early spring is the time to cut down the dead growth from the previous season. Some of the taller grasses may require a pruning saw or trimmer if the grass blades are very stiff. Cut the large clumps of grass about 6 inches above the ground. Smaller grasses can be cut about 2 inches above the ground. We offer several varieties of ornamental grass and they are displayed below.
How to Care for Ornamental Grasses