Miscanthus sinensis ‘Stardust’ – A compact Japanese Silver Grass similar in scale to ‘Adagio’ and ‘Yaku Jima’ but with contrasting gold bands (showier than ‘Little Zebra’) throughout the green foliage. It bears burgundy-red plumes starting in September and is a good choice for growing in large containers. Introduced by Janus Gardens. Clumping. Grows to 3′ high. Zone 6.
Deschampsia flexuosa ‘Aurea’ (syn. ‘Tatra Gold’) – Golden Hair Grass is classed as a cool-season and is generally evergreen in our mild coastal winters. It features very fine bright lime green foliage in spring followed by purple-tinted blooms from July to September that fade to a haze of beige seedheads (as shown). Deer resistant. Grows 20″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 4.
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ (syn. Andropogon scoparius) – This cultivar of Little Bluestem Grass features steel blue foliage that shifts to a dramatic burgundy red or reddish-purple in autumn. The late summer to fall (Aug-Oct) coppery blooms turn into silvery-white seedheads. Flops when fertilized or over-watered. Grows 2-3′ high by 24-30″ wide. Zone 4.
Carex elata ‘Aurea’ (syn. ‘Bowles Golden’) – This semi-evergreen RHS Award of Garden Merit winner bears arching bright gold leaf blades thinly edged in deep green. As with most sedges, the insignificant brown flowers should be pruned out but the foliage brightens gardens in partial shade. Can be grown on the pond edge or in shallow water. Grows 24″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 5.
Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’ – A compact Switch Grass with red edged or tipped green foliage throughout the summer, shifting to an intense burgundy in the fall. It is not prone to self-seeding and is not floppy like Miscanthus x ‘Purpurascens’. This herbaceous ornamental grass features reddish-pink plumes from July to September. Grows 3′ high by 2′ wide. Zone 3.