ORNAMENTAL GRASS SEEDS
CHINESE FOUNTAIN GRASS Ornamental Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides
Rare clumping perennial grass. Gracefully arching stems bear fat, furry silvery-rose plumes late summer and fall, last well into winter. Use in perennial or shrub borders, or in pots. Grows 3-4′ tall. Winter hardy to zone 5. Combine with: Panorama Red bee balm, Rising Sun coreopsis, and Magnus Superior echinacea.Chinese fountain grass cannot ship to HI.
EARLY HYBRIDS MISCANTHUS Ornamental Grass Miscanthus sinensis
Silky tresses of silvery-cream plumes in August and September, turn to gold shades in the fall. Excellent for screens; tolerates moist soil, and repels deer. Grows 7-7.5′ tall. Winter hardy to zone 4.
NEW HYBRIDS MISCANTHUS Ornamental Grass Miscanthus sinensis
Produces long, silky tresses of silvery-cream plumes in summer. In autumn they turn to gold. An excellent perennial for screens; tolerates wet soils, is highly deer resistant. A wide ranging mix, height can vary from as little as 3′, to as tall as 8′, 6-7′ tall is more common. Winter hardy to zone 4.
PINK FEATHER Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana
An incredibly fast growing, showy ornamental grass. Grows to 12′ or more tall. By its third season, produces amazing amounts of 2-3′, creamy pink plumes in late summer and fall. They are superb cut flowers. Very easy to grow. Winter hardy to zone 7.Pampas grass cannot ship to CA or HI.
WHITE FEATHER Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana
Incredibly fast growing, to 12′ or more tall. By its third year produces amazing quantities of 2-3′, white plumes, superb for fresh or dried arrangements. An easy to grow, summer and fall blooming perennial. Winter hardy to zone 7.Pampas grass cannot ship to CA or HI.
BLUE SELECT FESCUE Blue Fescue Festuca glauca
Forms 10-12″ tall, perfectly round, dense mounds of fine, gracefully bending, silver-blue foliage. Excellent accent plants, use to edge walkways, or use in mixed containers. Easy to grow, they tolerate heat, drought and poor soil. Winter hardy to zone 4. More uniform in size, with more vibrant color than common Blue Fescue.
BLUE FESCUE Ornamental Grass Festuca glauca
Fine textured silver-blue, 12″ mounds make excellent accent plants, or use to edge walks, plant in containers. Very easy to grow, tolerates heat, drought and poor soil. Winter hardy to zone 4. Grows nicely with Laucheana armeria, Gold Dust basket-of-gold, and Snowflake candytuft.
LITTLE HOBBIT Bear Skin Fescue Festuca scoparia
Soft, emerald green leaves, on dwarf, clump forming 6-8″ tall, evergreen perennial. Use at front of borders, as ground cover, or in rock gardens. Will tolerate dry heat, does not thrive in very hot and humid conditions. Otherwise easy to grow, thrives on neglect, needs little water. Winter hardy to zone 5. Seeds may require chilling, instructions included.
PLUME GRASS Ornamental Grass Saccharum ravennae syn. Erianthus ravennae.
This 6-10′ tall giant is very similar to pampas grass but is more cold hardy. Large, plume-like flower panicles are produced in late summer. They begin silvery with violet tones and age to white in the fall. They are outstanding for fresh cut or dried flower arrangements. The autumn foliage is showy as well, turning shades of tan, orange, purple and beige. Best used as single specimens in large gardens, or in groups as dramatic screens. Winter hardy to zone 5.
SAVANNAH RUBY GRASS Ornamental Grass Melinus nerviglumis
Fluffy, long-lasting plumes up to 4.5″ long begin a rich, mauve shade, mature to a light rose pink. They are excellent for cutting. Leaves are slender and blue-green, form neat 1′ tall clumps. A colorful, easy to grow addition to mixed borders, Savannah ruby grass also looks lovely in patio planters. Winter hardy to zone 7; can be grown as an annual everywhere.
How to Plant Ornamental Grass Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-75° F., germination is in 14-35 days, depending on the variety.