September is the time of year when ornamental grasses truly make an impact in the landscape. Many have showy plumes of airy seedheads that move gracefully in the breeze and offer winter interest even after they age to their seasonal hues of tan and brown.
We carry many types of ornamental grasses. All are winter hardy and clump forming (i.e. they do not run around!). Following is a brief overview of several of our most popular hardy perennial grasses for sun to light shade (we’ll feature shade grasses in a later article).
Switch Grass: Panicum
Prairie parentage gives excellent hardiness & vigor to this group. Seeds are a food source for birds in winter.
- ‘Shenandoah’: (left image) Foliage grows to 36″, with the top half of the blades becoming dark red by mid-summer. Foliage is topped in late summer by airy red seedheads. Total height 4′-5′.
- ‘Northwind’: (right image) Dense columnar form. Olive green foliage. Airy green seedheads aging to tan. Excellent winter presence. Height 4′-5′.