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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2023 Plant Club "Grasses" Top 25

Plant 2023 2022
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' 1 NR
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' 2 NR
Sporobolus heterolepis 3 NR
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' 4 NR
Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' 5 NR
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Eldorado' 6 NR
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' 7 NR
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' 8 NR
Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White' 9 NR
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' 10 NR
Pennisetum purpureum 11 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks' 12 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' 13 NR
Carex pensylvanica 14 NR
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' 15 NR
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' 16 6
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Love and Rockets' 17 NR
Sesleria autumnalis 18 4
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Piglet' 19 NR
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Jazz' 20 NR
Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' 21 7
Carex sprengelii 22 NR
Calamagrostis brachytricha 23 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' 24 NR
Pennisetum setaceum 'Red Riding Hood' 25 NR

NR: No Ranking

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