Sun

Fountain Grass

Pennisetum

  • Mounding habit
  • 1’ – 5’ tall
  • Summer flowering
Switch Grass

Panicum

  • Upright habit
  • 2’ – 9’ tall
  • U.S. native
  • Summer flowering
Pampas Grass

Cortaderia

  • Mounding habit
  • 5’ – 10’ tall
  • Large plumes
  • Late summer flowering
Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus

  • 1’ – 2’ tall
  • U.S. native
Maiden Grass

Miscanthus

  • Upright habit
  • 2’ – 10’ tall
  • Large variety of sizes
  • Variegated & banded forms
  • Fall flowering
Little Blue Stem

Schizachyrium

  • 1’ – 3’ tall
  • U.S. native
  • Fall flowering
Giant Reed Grass

Arundo donax

  • 18’ – 20’ tall
  • Fall flowering
Indian Grass

Sorghastrum

  • 3’ – 5’ tall
  • U.S. native
  • Summer flowering

Attributes

Structure & texture

Variety of forms & sizes

Likes hot sites

Tolerant of drought

Resistant to deer

Summer & fall flowering

Winter interest

Procedures

Allow plenty of room

Mulch and water well

Provide plenty of sun

Use flowers in dried arrangements

Cut down in late winter

Shade

Sedges

Carex

  • Mounding habit
  • 1’ – 2’ tall
  • Many types
  • Clumping or slow spreaders
Ribbon Grass

Phalaris

  • Okay in sun or shade
  • Under 2 feet tall
  • Aggressive spreader
  • Cool season grower
Northern Sea Oats

Chasmanthium

  • U.S. native
  • 2’ – 3’ tall
  • Summer blooming
  • Reseeds freely
Dwarf Bamboo

Many Species

  • 1’ – 5’ tall
  • Tolerant of cold
  • Aggressive spreader

Ornamental Grass

Call 479-253-7466 for more information on any of the new introductions reviewed in this article.

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“ Along with a selection of new annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, the Bear offers many native trees and shrubs as well as a number of aquatic plants to enhance the pond. Landscape materials and a comprehensive selection of glazed & terra cotta pots round out the products available at your friendly neighborhood garden center. Sound advice is always available from the well informed staff, who will be happy to help you find just the right plant to compliment your garden. Landscape services are available year round.”