An Ornamental Grass Sampler III

moliniamoorflame (297x300)Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Moorflamme’ – Much like Mexican Feather Grass, the reason you want ‘Moorflamme’ in your garden is for that sense of movement that the wiry stems bring with even the slightest breeze. It is clump-forming and bears tall purple-tinted flowers that eventually fade to tan. Warm-season grass. Grows 18-36″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 5.

pennisetumburgundybunny (293x300)Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’ – A Proven Winners selection that was derived as a sport of ‘Little Bunny’. It features tiny bottlebrush flowers in midsummer that look great later on when covered in frost. The foliage takes on fiery red accents starting in June and by fall are in true autumn blaze form. Warm season grass. Grows 12-18″ high by 16″ wide. Zone 5.

panicumredsunset (300x291)Panicum virgatum ‘Red Sunset’ – This seedling of ‘Shenandoah’ is often mistaken for Japanese Blood Grass in the fall, when its bluish-green foliage shifts to an intense burgundy red – it is particularly beautiful when back-lit by the setting sun. The colour shift begins early summer and airy flowers add to the display. Warm-season grass. Grows 3′ high. Zone 3.

carexmontana (300x298)Carex montana – Soft-Leaved Sedge is a native of Europe where it is generally found in mountainous regions and open woodland. The bright green leaf blades are a little broader than most cultivated sedges and it forms a symmetrical mound. It bears masses of pale yellow blooms (April-May) with a brown cattail-like base. Grows 8-14″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 4.

miscanthusflamingo (300x295)Miscanthus sinensis ‘Flamingo’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner produces large silvery-pink flowers in late summer. The green (with central white stripe) foliage forms a symmetrical arching mound which is best cut back in early spring. ‘Flamingo’ prefers full sun and works well in the background of mixed borders. Warm-season grass. Grows 6′ high by 5′ wide. Zone 5.

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