Perennial Ornamental Grasses to Plant This Fall

Lucy Mercer
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Introduction

Ornamental grasses are the showoffs in the garden, perennially pleasing and easy to establish. Know your hardiness zone and choose from the following eight selections in our step-by-step gallery at The Home Depot’s Garden Center.

 

Step 1

Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is hardy from zones 7 to 11. It is fast growing with towering white plumes. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 2

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’) buds out with pastel pink seed heads over wide blue leaves. It is hardy from zones 5 to 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 3

Hameln fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’) thrives in zones 4 to 11 and features fluffy, buff-colored plumes arching above foliage. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 4

Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) forms a graceful, upright mound with coppery-pink plumes in fall. It’s hardy in zones 5 to 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 5

Attractive yellow bands on its leaves give zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’) its name. It is hardy from zones 4 through 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 6

Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) is an early bloomer. The grass is hardy zones 3 to 9 and the blossoms change color through the season. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 7

Delicate, graceful leaves and airy flower heads mark Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima). Hardy in zones 9 to 11. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Step 8

Little Bunny fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’) is the smallest fountain grass of all and features fluffy, buff-colored blooms. Hardy in zones 5 through 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

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