9. Maiden Grass
For zones 4-9 and growing to 8 feet tall, maiden grass is big, beautiful, and low maintenance. Narrow foliage with an arching shape to create dimension in your landscaping, the maiden grass adds color to your lawn but does not overpower other plants. The ornamental plant can grow in sun, partial sun, and moist soil.
10. Ravenna grass
The largest ornamental plant on this list is the Ravenna grass. This fast-growing perennial with pretty, silver plumes, can grow to 12 feet tall. Ravenna grass flourishes in full sun with lean soil and little water. Best for zones 6-9, consider Ravenna grass to add height and dimension to your landscaping.
11. Zebra Grass
Sometimes referred to as porcupine grass, zebra grass is green and pale yellow stems that grow in bunches of about 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. With its exotic and tropical look, zebra grass pairs beautifully with bright, broad-leafed plants and flowers. Best grown in zones 5 through 9 with full sun and a variety of different soil types.
12. Pink Muhly Grass
Pink Muhly Grass is named after the botanist, Henry Muhlenberg. Pink Muhly Grass is also known as sweetgrass, gulf grass, and mist grass. With pink featherlike plumes, this ornamental grass is known to add bright color to landscape designs. Muhly grass looks great in large groups bordering other perennials and plants. The wispy pink blooms need full sun to part shade and medium-moisturized soil.
Last Thoughts on Ornamental Grass for Your Landscaping
An important factor to note about ornamental grass is that the plants listed either have a clumping habit or a spreading habit. Ornamental grasses that are taller tend to have a spreading habit whereas the smaller, more compact ornamental plants clump together. Depending on the look you want throughout your landscape or garden should point to the best ornamental grass for you.
Not only does ornamental grass add texture, dimension, and beauty, but the landscaping addition also takes very little work. Choosing the best grass for your climate and soil is the first step, and then maintaining ornamental grass takes minimal effort. To take your landscaping to the next level, consider adding ornamental plants like the ones we listed above. Not sure if you’re up for the summer landscaping project? Let Summit Turf Services take over, and call us today!