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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2024 Plant Club "Grasses" Top 25

Plant 2024 2023
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' 1 NR
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' 2 NR
Sporobolus heterolepis 3 NR
Carex pensylvanica 4 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 5 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' 6 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks' 7 NR
Festuca 'Cool as Ice' 8 NR
Panicum virgatum 9 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Jazz' 10 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' 11 NR
Sesleria autumnalis 12 2
Pennisetum purpureum 13 NR
Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White' 14 NR
Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' 15 5
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' 16 NR
Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' 17 NR
Pennisetum alopecuroides 18 NR
Carex appalachica 19 NR
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' 20 NR
Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' 21 NR
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta 22 NR
Carex rosea 23 NR
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' 24 NR
Carex Bowles Golden 25 NR

NR: No Ranking

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Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

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