Ornamental Grasses Types

Ornamental grasses types: A list of perennial ornamental grasses for your garden and landscape.

Growing ornamental grass varieties is exciting, because the grasses bring fine texture, great movement and a soft rustling sound to the garden.

But because of grasses unique texture and strong form, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with them.

So later down this page I am providing a few tips for growing ornamental grass types.

Such as using them as focal points, as screening hedges or growing them in containers.

Eight Grasses To Try

Grasses come in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find one that works in your garden.

Here are eight favorite grasses from the smallest to the tallest.

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blue fescue grass
Blue Fescue
Festuca glauca

Spiky mounds of blue tinted foilage. 8 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. USDA zones 4-8, AHS zones 8-1.

Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonchloa macra

Mounding, weeping chartreuse foilage. 12 to 14 inches tall and wide. USDA zones 5-9, AHS zones 9-1.

japanese blood grass
Japanese Blood Grass
Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’

Clumps of vertical, red-tipped foilage. 8 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. USDA zones 4-8, AHS zones 8-1.

sedge grass
‘Ice Dance’ Japanese Sedge Grass
Carex morrowii

Grows about a 1.5 feet tall with shiny drooping green leaves. Good edging plant, regular water. Zones 3-9.


Use them to cover bare stems of plants that are leggy. As a low maintenance groundcover. To neatly edge a flower bed.

Dwarf grasses almost always look best when planted in multiples. Buy at least 3 pots of new grass, that can be divided later for more grass plants.


pink muhly grass
Pink Muhly Grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris

Dark green foilage form a mound of to 3 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide. Airy plumes of feathery reddish flowers adds another 2.5 feet to its height. It’s evergreen in low desert areas. Zones 4-24.

fountain grass
Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides

Billowing foilage adds an element of relaxation to a garden. 2-5 feet tall and wide, Full sun and well-drained soil. Zones 6-9.

korean feather reed grass
Korean Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis brachytricha

It’s an easy care grass that likes full sun to part shade. 3-4 feet high. Fluffy light pink plumes in mid- to late summer. Heat tolerant. Grows in clay soil without extra amendments. Zones 4-9.


maiden grass
Maiden Grass
Miscanthus ssp

Up to 9 feet tall and 6 feet wide. White, silver or pink plumes in late summer to fall. Cold hardey and heat tolerant. Full sune and well-drained soil. Zones 4-9.

'heavy metal' switchgrass
‘Heavy Metal’ Swichgrass
Panicum virgatum

Steely blue foilage and an upright habit makes this tall grass plant popular. Grow in full sun, fertile soil, and well-drained soil. Up to 5 feet tall 3 feet wide. Zones 5-9.

'morning light' miscanthus
‘Morning Light’ Miscanthus
Miscanthus sinensis

Thin, arching blades striped white are very graceful. It blooms late summer. It can grow rampart in warm climates, so make sure its not a nuisance in your area before you plant it. Up to 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9.

These ornamental grasses types are like no other type of plant. They contribute long visual lines and fine textures.

They sway and dip in the slightest breeze, and they add great interest to a garden in winter.