Ornamental grass first gained popularity in the 1930s in Germany. Karl Foerster, a German nurseryman, collected seeds and plants from America and other countries for years. Back at his nurseries, he planted, observed and tested several varieties before releasing his findings to the gardening world.
Over the years, ornamental grasses have continued to gain popularity. They are an excellent addition to any landscape, adding color, height, texture, and a touch of grace and movement as they flow in the breeze. Today, there are several varieties available to suit your design preference, as well as shape and size needs.
More than just a beautiful accent to your landscape, ornamental grasses require minimal maintenance and prove to be a great choice for the environmentally minded gardener. Less chemicals and fertilizers are needed as they are predominantly pest and disease resistant. Some varieties are also drought tolerant, requiring less watering.
How To Select The Right Variety For Your Landscape
To see more ideas on how to use ornamental grasses in your landscape, check out Better Homes and Gardens’ ideas list here.
Ornamental grasses have two main requirements when it comes to care.
You can view a short video on dividing grass properly here.
Wright Outdoor Solutions Garden Center Selection
We offer several varieties of ornamental grasses here at the Garden Center.
Black Flowering Fountain Grass
Glossy foliage with black flowers. Turns yellow/orange in the fall.
Blue Oat Grass
Silver/blue coloring. Beige/light brown oat-like flower from June to August.
Cabaret Japanese Silver Grass
Green blades with milky white stripes. Copper colored blumes in fall.
Foerster’s Feather Reed Grass
Red/brown feathery stalks. Turns golden in fall.
Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass
Smoky rose/purple flowers. Dark green foliage.
Morning Light Maiden Grass
Green blades with a hint of white.
Northwind Switch Grass
Olive to blue/green foliage. Turns golden yellow in the fall.
Overdam Feather Reed Grass
Red/brown feathery blooms. Turns golden in the fall.
Fine textured grass. Turns copper/gold in the fall.
Shenandoah Switch Grass
Green leaves with red tips in the spring. Tips turn burgundy in the fall.
Not sure where to begin or what grass would best suit your landscape? Our friendly, knowledgeable Garden Center staff can help you make a great selection. For more information on our Garden Center, visit us online, or give us a call at 515.987.6334. Or stop by and see us any day of the week! You can find direction to our location and hours by clicking here.