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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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Acorus calamus Variegatus

Acorus calamus Variegatus

Sweet Flag

1/2"-3/4" wide, bright green leaves with creamy variegation make a strong statement in the border or water garden. Deciduous. These moisture loving plants form mats of stiff, tall bladed leaves. Can tolerate clay soil. Deer resistant.

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Acorus gramineus minimus Aureus

Acorus gramineus minimus Aureus

Sweet Flag

Dwarf fans of bright golden leaves make a colorful evergreen groundcover or highlight for a rock garden. Moisture loving plants, they form mats of stiff, narrow bladed leaves. Can tolerate clay soil. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on

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Acorus gramineus variegatus Wogon

Acorus gramineus variegatus Wogon

Sweet Flag

Bright, golden fans of grassy leaves are narrowly edged in green. Evergreen. These moisture loving plants form mats of flowing, narrow bladed leaves. Can tolerate clay soil. Deer resistant.

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Arundo donax Peppermint Stick

Arundo donax Peppermint Stick

Giant Reed Grass

Tall, sturdy canes that resemble corn plants are adorned with wide green and white striped leaves. Unlike the species, this cultivar maintains its variegation throughout the summer. In fall it is topped with 18" tall bronze-burgundy plumes.

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Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Feather Reed Grass

Upright, clumping, grassy green foliage displays "see through" reddish-bronze plumes in summer which fade to tan by fall. Good winter interest. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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Calamagrostis brachytricha

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Feather Reed Grass

This warm season clump-former has stiff, bright green leaves 1/4"-5/8" wide. In late summer they produce pink tinted blooms on stems up to 4' tall standing well above the foliage. Plumes mature to light tan. Great for light shade to shade!

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Carex appalachica

Carex appalachica

Appalachian Sedge

Fine-textured grassy leaves with a fountaining habit characterize this native of dry woods in Eastern U.S. A medium to fast grower. Makes a great groundcover for slopes.

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Carex buchananii Firefox

Carex buchananii Firefox

Sedge

A selected strain with fine evergreen foliage that is deep fox brown to red and characterized by a strongly upright habit. Tips may have a decorative curl. Good winter hardiness even to zone 5. Fantastic planted with silver or burgundy leaved plan

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Carex buchananii (Red Fox)

Carex buchananii (Red Fox)

Sedge

Vase-shaped clumper with interesting fine textured brown foliage that is rusty orange at the bottom and somewhat curled on its tips. Deer resistant. May self-sow.

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Carex comans Frosted Curls

Carex comans Frosted Curls

Sedge

Fine textured weeping foliage forms swirls. Very narrow leaves seem almost iridescent with a silvery green color. Evergreen. Benefits from a haircut to about 1/3 height in early spring. Deer resistant.

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Carex elata Bowles Golden

Carex elata Bowles Golden

Sedge

Clear, bright golden-yellow foliage with a narrow green margin is stunning planted with golden variegated hostas and ferns in partial shade. Deciduous. Effective when used as groundcovers or edges.

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Carex flaccosperma

Carex flaccosperma

Sedge

Strong clump forming sedge with glaucous blue foliage that is 1/2" wide. Spreads slowly and is drought tolerant. Excellent evergreen groundcover! Native. Deer resistant.

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Carex flagellifera Kiwi

Carex flagellifera Kiwi

Sedge

This New Zealand native forms widely arching clumps of olive-green, grassy foliage providing great color and texture in the garden. Evergreen. Excellent in containers.

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Carex glauca (flacca) Blue Zinger

Carex glauca (flacca) Blue Zinger

Blue Sedge

This pretty sedge has attractive, narrow, blue-green grass-like foliage that grows in clumps 10"-16" tall. It is more upright and its color is lighter blue than the species. Usually evergreen, it spreads slowly by rhizomes. Excellent for rain gard

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Carex laxiculmis Hobb Bunny Blue™

Carex laxiculmis Hobb Bunny Blue™

Bunny Blue Sedge

This low-growing native sedge has lovely silvery blue, evergreen foliage and forms large, dense moderately spreading clumps. Works well in the border, shade garden or in containers.  Plant patent applied for.

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Carex morrowii Ice Dance

Carex morrowii Ice Dance

Sedge

Bright white and dark green grassy leaves make a showy groundcover. Semi-evergreen plants have a vigorous habit and spread by underground rhizomes. Deer resistant. A favorite! May be cut back in early spring.

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Carex morrowii Silver Sceptre

Carex morrowii Silver Sceptre

Sedge

Narrow 1/2" green leaves have white margins that give it a fine textured appearance. Forms thick, silvery clumps. Great semi-evergreen groundcover and also effective as an edger. Deer resistant.

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Carex oshimensis Everest

Carex oshimensis Everest

Sedge

Deep blue-green,  leaves edged in bright white form pretty fountain like mounds. Lovely in containers! Prefers partial to light shade and average moisture. Clumping. Evergreen.

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Carex oshimensis Everglow

Carex oshimensis Everglow

Japanese Sedge

Evergreen, grass-like shiny foliage has a hint of orange to its creamy edges in summer. In fall, winter & spring the entire plant has a pretty sunset orange color. Clumping plants are low-maintenance. Excellent for borders, containers or groun

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Carex oshimensis Evergold

Carex oshimensis Evergold

Sedge

Handsome creamy-yellow and green variegated grass-like foliage. Mound forming with a swirling habit. Evergreen. Deer resistant. May be trimmed back by 2/3's in early spring.

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Carex oshimensis Everillo

Carex oshimensis Everillo

Sedge

Grassy, lime-green leaves form mounding fountains that light up the border. Leaves gradually deepen to golden yellow. Best color is maintained with some morning sun. Performs well in dry shade! Evergreen. Plant patented.

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Carex oshimensis Evercolor Everlime

Carex oshimensis Evercolor Everlime

Carex

Glossy green, grassy leaves have lime green edges making them sparkle. Plants form tidy mounds that are evergreen and great for containers or borders.

Prefers partial to full shade, but best color is maintained with some morning sun. Avera

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Carex oshimensis Evercolor Eversheen

Carex oshimensis Evercolor Eversheen

Sedge

Shiny deep green leaves have bright limy yellow centers. Plants form fine-textured, weeping mounds that maintain their good looks year round. Nice in containers. Evergreen. Plant patented.

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