Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are an elegant addition to any garden. They provide interest through all the seasons starting in the spring with the emergence of new growth; in the summer the fully-grown foliage “swishing” on a summer’s night; in the fall their tassels and plumes (inflorescences) are in full bloom and provide food for birds; and in the winter the stalks laden with fresh fallen snow make for a lovely winter scene. Grasses are an eco-friendly plant requiring little water, lots of sun, can tolerate various soil conditions and do not require fertilizer or chemicals.

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Grey green, silver pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, burgundy red fall foliage, 3-4 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, white stripe down centre, bamboo like leaves, fast growth rate, blooms mid summer to early fall, 2 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, partial shade.

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Gold yellow, green blooms, spike growth habit, slow growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 1.5-2 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, partial shade.

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Rose coloured flowers, dense, upright vase-shaped clump of blue green foliage with tips turning rose in the fall, blooms late summer to early fall, 4 ft tall x 2.5 ft wide, full sun.

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Bright yellow, narrow green stripes, green blooms, red pink fall foliage, slow growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 1.5-2 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, partial to full shade.

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Feathery cream plumes, high bloom count, dense rounded ball of fine dark green leaves with a white midrib, blooms early to mid fall, 5 – 5.5 ft tall x 5 ft wide, full sun to part shade

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Green, white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to late fall, 6-8 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, white centre, purple green to gold blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early summer, 4-5 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun, variegated form of Karl Foerster.

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Bright yellow, green margin, green blooms, variegated, slow growth rate, blooms late spring, 0.5-1 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, partial to full shade.

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Yellow green, green blooms, green with red fall foliage, slow growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 1.5-2 ft tall x 2 ft wide, partial to full shade.

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Blue, blue green blooms, fast growth rate, blooms late spring to mid summer, 0.5 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Whitish-lilac coloured flowers, long narrow black blades of evergreen foliage, blooms in the summer, 1 ft tall x 2 ft wide, part sun

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Purple-brown flowers in the fall, fine textered blue blades that turn red-orange in the fall, 2 – 2.5 ft tall x 2 – 2.5 ft wide, full sun

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Silver blue, beige blooms, fast growth rate, blooms late summer, 3-4 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Silver blue, tan blooms, fast growth rate, blooms early to mid summer, 0.5-1 ft tall x 1 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue green, green white blooms, bronze fall foliage, slow growth rate, blooms mid to late summer, 1 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, partial to full shade.

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Blue, tan blooms, fast growth rate, blooms late spring to early summer, 0.5-1 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Gold, green margin, moderate growth rate, 2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, partial shade.

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Bright green blade with a straw coloured base, reddish-brown blooms, blooms early summer, 1-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, full sun to part shade

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Green, narrow leaves, red by summer, cream blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms mid summer to early fall, 1 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Dark green white variegation, coral pink blooms, fast growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 6-7 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Light airy flower panicles, green foliage, blooms late summer to early fall, 2-2.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Blue-green foliage turning pink midsummer then transitioning to copper pink and burgundy, blooms late summer to late fall, 2 – 2.5 ft tall x 2 – 2.5 ft wide, full sun

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Blue green, wine red in summer, burgundy red blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 2-3 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue green, gold yellow blooms, blooms mid summer to early fall, 7-8 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, cream margin, copper pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to late fall, 6-9 ft tall x 3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue, mauve pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 4-5 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun.

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Green foliage turning dark red to scarlet in late fall, blooms mid summer to late fall, 6 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun, Zone 3

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Green white variegation, light pink to silver blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to late fall, 4-5 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, bright gold centre, tan blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early summer, 4-5 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun, gold form of Karl Foerster.

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Blue, tan blooms, fast growth rate, blooms late spring to early summer, 0.5-1 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Creamy tan flowers that bloom earlier than other varieties giving the possibility of a second flush of coppery purple coloured blooms, 6 – 6.5 ft tall x 4 ft wide, full sun to part shade

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Cream yellow, green margin, brown blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late spring, 0.5-1 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, partial shade.

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Green, rose to tan bottlebrush blooms with white tufts, gold fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 4-5 ft tall x 4-5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to mid fall, 9-12 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Dark-red plumes, green glossy foliage, blooms mid summer to late fall, 2.5 ft tall x 3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade

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Green, heavy yellow horizontal bands, burgundy blooms, slow growth rate, blooms mid fall, 2-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Deep green, gold yellow blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to mid summer, 2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, silver veins, bronze red to silver blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early to late fall, 5-7 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, copper orange fall foliage, silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 5-6 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 7-8 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, silver white to tan bottlebrush blooms, gold yellow fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 2.5-3 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue, green blooms, burgundy tipped fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 4-5 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun.

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Blue green turning to rich deep maroon, tan blooms, blooms late summer to early fall, 3-4 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, silver centre, purple red blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 5-6 ft tall x 3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Dark green, cream white centre, moderate growth rate, 1.5 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade, sport of Evergold.

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Green, white margin, cream bottlebrush like blooms, slow to moderate growth rate, blooms mid spring, 1-1.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue green, cream yellow to tan blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 3-5 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, purple tones midsummer, purple red mid fall, moderate growth rate, deep purple blooms late summer, 5-6 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, tan wheat like blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late spring, 5 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, rose pink bottlebrush blooms, gold yellow fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms mid summer, 2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, cream beige to tan bottlebrush blooms, gold yellow fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 1-1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Silver green, silver white with pink tinged blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 1-3 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, yellow horizontal bands, pink copper to silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, white centre, pink purple to silver blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to late fall, 6-7 ft tall x 3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, white margins, red copper blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early fall, 4-6 ft tall x 2.5-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Dark black, white pink blooms, blooms late summer to early fall, non edible black fruit follows blooms, 0.5-1 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft wide, groundcover, full sun to partial shade.

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Steel blue foliage, yellow in fall, blooms late summer to early fall, moderate growth rate, 4-5 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, yellow margin, tan blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late spring to early summer, 1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Deep green with a white mid-rib, deep purple and red highlights in mid-summer, fluffy tan seed heads, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, burgundy copper fall foliage, 6-7 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue green, cream white to pink margin, purple pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late spring, 5 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, white margins, white pink blooms, fast growth rate, blooms mid summer, 2-3 ft tall x 3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, cream pink bottle brush blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 1.5 ft tall X 2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, pewter centres, red blooms, yellow orange fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 6-7 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide, full sun.

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Grey blue, pink orange in fall, silver blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun.

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Blue plumes, blue-green foliage, blooms late summer to early fall, fast growth rate, 5 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun

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Green, purple to white blooms, bronze orange red fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 4-6 ft tall x 4 ft wide, full sun.

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Deep purple burgundy flowers held on red stems, green foliage with red tips transitioning to deep red in fall, blooms midsummer to late fall, 6 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, blood red from the tips downward, red fall foliage, slow growth rate, 1.5-2 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Red, red stems, green foliage with red tinges, bright scarlet in fall, 5-6 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, smoky purple bottlebrush blooms, blooms 8 inch. long x 3 inch. wide, blooms mid to late summer, moderate growth rate, 3-4 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, narrow white centre, bamboo like leaves, tan drooping blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, pink blooms, burgundy red fall foliage, slow growth rate, blooms mid summer, 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun.

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Burgundy purple, red to tan bottlebrush blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, full sun. ANNUAL

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Blue gray, ruby red in summer, red blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 3-4 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft wide, full sun.

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Green, silver margins, red brown to silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 4-5 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, red blooms, red fall foliage, slow growth rate, blooms mid summer to early fall, 3-4 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, silver white blooms, red fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 6-7 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Blue-green foliage begins to take on scarlet red tones in late summer, turns deep red-purple in fall, tan blooms in early fall, moderate growth rate, 4 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun.

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Showy pinkish hued flower panicles, green to bluish foliage turning a nice tan to orange colour in the fall, flowers in late summer to early fall, 3-4 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun to part shade

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Bluish-green stems turning to oranges reds yellows purples and browns, tight upright habit, 3 – 4 ft tall x 1 – 1.5 ft wide, full sun

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Green, white centres, pink tinges, white blooms, fast growth rate, blooms early to mid summer, 1.5-3 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, yellow horizontal bands, copper blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early fall, 6-8 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Deep green, yellow streaks, variegated, green blooms, slow growth rate, blooms late summer to early fall, 1 ft tall x 2 ft wide, partial to full shade.

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Blue, pink tinges on stems, purple bronze to silver white blooms, burgundy red fall foliage, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 2-4 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Blue green, pink tan blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 7-8 ft tall x 4-5 ft wide, full sun.

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Even green and yellow banded blades, cross between M.Cosmopolitan and M.Strictus, strong upright flowing habit, 5 – 7 ft tall, full sun to part shade

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Iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over green grassy foliage, bright purple on flower stems, tan flowers, blooms mid-fall, moderate growth rate 120 cm tall x 60 cm wide. Full sun

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Cream, green margin, bronze gold blooms, slow growth rate, blooms mid summer, 2-2.5 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, white margins, dark pink blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms early fall, 5-7 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, copper to silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 3-4 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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Green, yellow horizontal bands, pink copper to silver white blooms, moderate growth rate, blooms late summer, 5-8 ft tall x 4-6 ft wide, full sun to partial shade.

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