Grasses & Similar

Grasses & Similar

Ornamental grasses are special elements in a garden. They may add height, movement, and even sound. They can be annuals or perennials. Some are flowering; some flourish by seeding; some grow in organized clumps and others spread wildly. You can plant grasses in the spring or fall, but there is an advantage to spring planting, especially in the Midwest, to give the plants a chance to develop a strong root system. Investigate some of the available grasses, sedges and rushes in this section, and make your choices based on what you are trying to achieve. Some plants in this category can become quite prolific and take over areas where you may not want them. Choose wisely to get the maximum impact in your garden! (See our "Grasses & Similar" Top 25 Rankings!)

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2022 Plant Club "Grasses" Top 25

Plant 2022 2021
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' 1 NR
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' 2 NR
Carex pensylvanica 3 NR
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' 4 NR
Sporobolus heterolepis 5 NR
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' 6 NR
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' 7 NR
Calamagrostis brachytricha 8 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 9 NR
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Love and Rockets' 10 NR
Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White' 11 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' 12 NR
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' 13 NR
Pennisetum purpureum 14 NR
Carex muskingumensis 15 NR
Hakonechloa macra 16 NR
Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid' 17 NR
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' 18 8
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' 19 NR
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet' 20 NR
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' 21 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks' 22 NR
Carex vulpinoidea 23 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Jazz' 24 NR
Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' 25 NR

NR: No Ranking

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