Grasses

Ornamental grasses are essential components of many landscapes. We offer a wide variety of both native and non-native grasses, as well as grass-like plants such as rushes, sedges, and liriope. Grasses are generally very low maintenance plants, usually only requiring that they be cut back once a year to remove old foliage, usually in late winter or very early spring.

Grasses should be planted while they are actively growing. Evergreen types may be planted any time, but plants that go winter dormant should be planted before they turn brown in the fall.

(If you are a wholesale customer, please note that we cannot ship Imperata 'Red Baron' outside of Virginia.)

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Common Name: Maiden Grass

A nice, upright form with 3/4" wide green leaves that display dramatic horizontal golden bands all along their length. It is excellent in mass or as a structural specimen.


Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
Common Name: Japanese Silver Grass

Graceful, upright habit. Prominent creamy stripes create a dramatic white effect. Long blooming and deer resistant.


Muhlenbergia capillaris
Common Name: Muhly Grass

A glittering haze of delicate pink-purple to mauve flowers floats above slender green foliage in autumn. Long blooming. Deer resistant. May self sow. Native.


Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'
Common Name: Muhly Grass

Many of the great characteristics of the species but with beautiful ivory colored blooms. Form is more upright than the  species and bloom begins later. Long blooming. Native. Deer resistant.


Muhlenbergia capillaris x lindheimeri 'Pink Flamingo'
Common Name: Muhly Grass

A wonderful upright grass with pretty pink plumes shooting out like fireworks in late summer. Fine gray green foliage forms a compact, slightly arching mound. A warm season grass, it performs well throughout the south and mid-Atlantic.


Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Undaunted™'
Common Name: Ruby Muhly

Nice fine- textured plant with a late summer display of airy, pink and amber flower spikes. Native to north Texas and southern Oklahoma. It blooms earlier, shorter, and is hardier in colder temperatures than Muhlenbergia capillaris. Plant patented.


Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'
Common Name: Dwarf Mondo Grass

Compact habit and glossy, dark green leaves make this perennial a natural as a ground cover or edging. Spikes of light lavender bell-shaped flowers are followed by small blue-black berries. Rhizomatous habit. Excellent between stepping stones. Deer resistant. A slow grower it tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 4" centers.

 


Ophiopogon japonicus 'Silver Mist/Kigimifukidama'
Common Name: Variegated Mondo Grass

Narrow, dark green foliage has bright white variegation giving it a lovely silvery look. Lavender blooms appear in summer and are followed by glossy purple berries. A refined groundcover, it slowly spreads by underground rhizomes. Charming!


Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebony Knight'
Common Name: Black Mondo Grass

Distinctive narrow, purple-black strap-like, evergreen leaves. Pink flowers in summer develop into black berries. Stoloniferous habit. Slow growing but exceptional. Deer resistant.


Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
Common Name: Switch Grass / Beach Grass

A native selected for its glaucous blue foliage and graceful, fountain-like habit, this is a favorite for coastal plantings as well as average gardens. Airy, bluish tinted, light beige flowers emerge in fall and remain through the winter. Deer resistant.


Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Compact, upright plants are early flowering and maintain good green foliage color as late as Halloween. The light airy flower panicles stand above the foliage where they catch the breezes. Very showy!


Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Blue-green foliage turns wine red in early summer. Forms sturdy 2' tall, tight, vase-shaped clumps. They hold up to wind and rain and persist through the winter. Airy, wine-red flower panicles rise to 3' in August. Has an upright growth habit with showy clusters of loose airy flowers that appear in late summer and persist into winter. It is a larval host for butterflies and a source of food for songbirds. Deer resistant. A Proven Winners selection. Plant patented


Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Full plants have wide bluish-purple blades and large purplish flowerheads. Deer resistant. Plant Patented.


Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Very stiff, upright growth. Attractive metallic blue leaves turn yellow in fall. Upright growth habit with showy clusters of loose airy flowers that appear in late summer and persist into winter. It is a larval host for butterflies and a source of food for songbirds.  Deer resistant.


Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Upright, steel blue foliage is wider and more substantial than 'Heavy Metal'. Upright growth habit with showy clusters of loose airy flowers that appear in late summer and persist into winter. It is a larval host for butterflies and a source of food for songbirds. Deer resistant.


Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears'
Common Name: Switch Grass

This delightful switchgrass has a narrow, upright habit and is topped with purple seed heads in summer. The foliage is a light green color that persists through the summer. It is tough and adaptable to many situations, including rain gardens. Native cultivar. Plant patented.


Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Narrow, upright plants emerge with blue-green foliage that turns to burgundy-red in mid-summer. Wine color intensifies as season progresses. Plants are topped in late summer with airy red blooms that lend winter interest as seed heads.  It is a larval host for butterflies and a source of food for songbirds. Deer resistant. Native. Plant patented


Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Common Name: Switch Grass

Blue green foliage starts to turn bright red by June and is followed by airy, maroon flowers. A little shorter than many of the switch grasses. Very attractive with and upright growth habit and showy clusters of loose airy flowers that appear in late summer and persist into winter. It is a larval host for butterflies and a source of food for songbirds. Deer resistant. Native.


Pennisetum alopecuroides
Common Name: Fountain Grass

Fine textured grass that produces countless light reddish brown flowers that change to amber in fall. Bright green foliage turns beige in fall.


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny'
Common Name: Fountain Grass

A sport of 'Little Bunny', this dwarf starts to take on red color in mid-summer. This intensifies into the fall creating a haze of burgundy red. Small tufted plumes appear above the blades in mid to late summer.


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'
Common Name: Dwarf Fountain Grass

This mid-height, warm-season grass has creamy-pink tinted bottlebrush blooms in midsummer. Blooms usually persist into September. Leaves take on pretty oranges and reds in October. Needs a protected loacation to winter over in zone 5.


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Common Name: Dwarf Fountain Grass

Fine textured grass that produces countless light reddish brown flowers that change to amber in fall. Foliage turns beige in fall.  Identical to P. alopecuroides except this one is shorter. Deer resistant.


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet'
Common Name: Fountain Grass

Mounds of narrow green foliage are topped in late summer by fluffy, bottlebrush-like, tawny plumes making them look like little fountains. Cute for edging or containers. Shorter than Hameln and finer textured. Plant patented.


Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
Common Name: Fountain Grass

Deep green, arching foliage with rose-pink flowers throughout the season. Clump former. Bright green foliage turns beige in fall. Plant Patented.


Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream'
Common Name: Ribbon Grass

Striped green and white, ribbony foliage with a touch of pink on the new growth.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal'
Common Name: Little Bluestem

This lovely selection of little bluestem puts on a wonderful color show, turning from blue-green to deep red and purple in summer and fall. It maintains its upright habit throughout the season. Great for hot, dry areas. Plant patented.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'
Common Name: Little Bluestem

A great performer, this one maintains its tight, upright habit throughout the season, even in rich soil. Thicker than typical leaf blades. Bluish-green leaves turn to shades of orange to purple in autumn. Plant Patented.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
Common Name: Little Bluestem

Upright very blue foliage contrasts nicely with its pink stems and purplish-bronze flowers. Rich golden amber fall color is accented by silvery seeds.


Sporobolus heterolepis
Common Name: Prairie Dropseed

Fine-textured, emerald-green leaves produce a magnificent fountain that is topped with pinkish blooms followed by pale golden seed heads that smell like fresh cilantro or butterd popcorn (depending on your nose). Native prairie grass.


Stipa tenuissima 'Ponytails'
Common Name: Feathergrass

Very graceful grass with fine textured, arching, bright green leaves and feathery panicles to 12" long followed by airy seed heads that last well into the winter. The whole plant billows in the slightest breeze. Very attractive! May self sow heavily, possibly invasive.


Viola pedata
Common Name: Bird's Foot Violet

Large, pale to deep lavender flowers with orange stamens. Leaves are deeply divided into many narrow segments resembling a bird's foot. Attractive to butterflies. Drought tolerant once established. Will self sow where happy, but is not invasive. Deciduous. Native.

 
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