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Dwarf Mondo Grass
Prices start at : 39.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

As it grows it abandons its erect stance and adopts a rather elegant manner, slightly bowing for a gentle, soft appearance. Ornamental Grass Great for Boarders and Groundcover Dwarf Mondo Grass is an ornamental grass with a summer bloom.
  • Foliage: Green
  • Sun Exposure: Full Shade, Partial Sun
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Botanical Name: Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'
  • Flower Color: White
  • Soil Type: Widely Adaptable
Nebraska
Omaha
Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass
Prices start at : 39.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

If you want to really stop traffic, a mass planting along a walk or driveway will do the trick. * Only 2' tall * 4 seasons of interest * Adaptable to many soil types * Thrives in full sun
  • Soil Type: Widely Adaptable
  • Flower Color: Golden Yellow
  • Fall Color: Yellow
  • Botanical Name: Dechampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
  • Mature Spread: 24 - 30 inches
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
Nebraska
Omaha
Little Miss Maiden Grass
Prices start at : 27.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

Something these small gardens often lack is the motion and grandeur of grass, since so many of the American prairie grasses are big and bold. With so many people moving from the suburbs back into urban spaces, there is a trend of finding beautiful small...
  • Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss'
  • Moisture: Moderate
  • Mature Height: 2 - 3 feet
  • Foliage Color: Purple
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
Nebraska
Omaha
Fireworks Grass
Prices start at : 33.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

The effect is shockingly bright color in your garden from a typically simple grass. In late summer it will shoot up soft, fluffy ‘foxtails' blooms that will add even greater interest.
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
  • Flower Color: Purple Red
  • Foliage: Variegated Purple
Nebraska
Omaha
Hot Rod Switch Grass
Prices start at : 35.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

By the time autumn arrives, your picturesque grass adopts shades of deep purple, topped with decorative seeds of red/purple intensity. It's drought tolerant and generally carefree.
  • Mature Spread: 30 - 36 inches
  • Fall Color: Red
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Mature Height: 36 - 48 inches
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
  • Flower Color: Red Panicles
Nebraska
Omaha
EverColor Everlite Variegated Sedge Grass
Prices start at : 29.95 USD / Quart Container

With a max height of 10 to 15 inches and a max width of 8 to 10 inches this little guy fits anywhere, sun or shade. Enjoy Big Excitement From a Little Plant! It's time to add some energy and excitement to your tired garden and we have just the thing for...
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
  • Soil Type: Well-Drained
  • Mature Height: 10 - 15 inches
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Mature Spread: 8 - 10 inches
Nebraska
Omaha
Redhead Fountain Grass
Prices start at : 39.95 USD / #1 Container range: 2.3 - 3.7 quarts (2.5 - 4 liters)

Smoky Rose Color Plumes That Last Months! The Ornamental Fountain Grass 'Redhead Fountain Grass', 'Pennisetum 'Redhead', produces very soft plumes that are smoky rose in color, all season long.
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Flower Color: Mahogany, Red Seed Head
  • Foliage: Green
  • Mature Height: 2 - 3 feet
  • Botanical Name: Pennisetum 'Redhead'
Nebraska
Omaha
EverColor Everlime Variegated Sedge Grass
Prices start at : 29.95 USD / Quart Container

Order yours today! * Cold-hardy to zone 5 * Distinctive lime-striped foliage * Super-easy care * Deer resistant One of the very best is Evercolor Everlime Carex (Carex oshimensis ‘Everlime').
  • Mature Spread: 1 - 4 feet
  • Foliage: Perennial
  • Botanical Name: Carex oshimensis 'Everlime'
  • Soil Type: Rich, evenly moist, well drained soils best
  • Foliage Color: Green with lime colored margins
  • Brand: Nature Hills Nursery
Nebraska
Omaha
Carex Bowles Golden
Prices start at : 19.95 USD / 1 GAL

The golden color of this cultivar casts a reflection on ponds and streams and will reflect light. Single specimens are dramatic; masses may be overwhelming. Commonly called tufted sedge.
Maryland
Bowie
Miscanthus Yaku Jima
Prices start at : 29.95 USD / 3 GAL

Leaf blades (to 3/8” wide) are green and arch gracefully downward. Tiny buffy colored flowers with red tinges emerge in fluffy panicles above the foliage in August-September. It achieves a thick, full clump of billowing, arched foliage quickly, and...
Maryland
Bowie
Miscanthus Morning Light Maiden Grass
Prices start at : 19.95 USD / 1 GAL

Typically forms an upright, rounded clump of foliage growing 4-6′ tall. Clumps slowly expand in circumference by short rhizomes, but usually retain tight clump shape. Miscanthus Morning Light is a somewhat smaller, more fine-textured version of the...
Maryland
Bowie
Miscanthus Adagio Maiden Grass
Prices start at : 24.95 USD / 3 GAL

Tiny pink-tinged flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in late summer, gradually turning into creamy white plumes by fall as the seeds mature. Versatile ornamental grass for smaller areas.
Maryland
Bowie
Carex Evergold
Prices start at : 17.95 USD / 1 Gal

This sedge is evergreen in the deep South, maintaining good foliage in both summer and winter. It is not totally evergreen in the St. Louis area, although some foliage color will persist through mild winters.
Maryland
Bowie
Miscanthus Little Zebra (Dwarf Maiden Grass)
Prices start at : 12.95 USD / 1 GAL

It typically grows in a substantial clump to 4-6' tall, but sends up flower stalks to 2' above the foliage, thus bringing the total height of the grass to 6-8' tall when in flower.
Maryland
Bowie
Miscanthus Gracillimus (Maiden Grass)
Prices start at : 16.95 USD / 1 Gal

Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. This is by far the most popular of all Miscanthus varieties. They are a mounding grass with gracefully flowing narrow green foliage. Foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter.
Maryland
Bowie
Panicum Shenandoah (Red Switchgrass)
Prices start at : 19.95 USD / 1 GAL

In winter, the leaf color fades to beige; the blades persist and offer cover to birds. Prefers Full sun to bring out the best red color. This ornamental switch grass cultivar features some of the best burgundy-red foliage of the many panicum cultivars...
Maryland
Bowie
Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa, Nasella)
Prices start at : 16.95 USD / 1 GAL

Foliage can be semi-evergreen or deciduous depending on the climate. This species performs as a perennial through zone 7 but is usually a reseeding annual in areas with colder winters.
Maryland
Bowie
Panicum Heavy Metal
Prices start at : 29.95 USD / 3 GAL

Panicum Heavy Metal tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Tends to flop in rich soils. Looks great combined with Black-eyed Susan.
Maryland
Bowie
Pennisetum Hameln
Prices start at : 17.95 USD / 1 GAL

Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. A less expensive fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the early spring and again in the late...
Maryland
Bowie
Red October Big Bluestem Grass
Prices start at : 23.98 USD / Plant

Growing to be about 6 feet, this variety makes a striking statement planted in the back of a perennial garden. (Andropogon gerardii) 'Red October' has attractive foliage that changes color seasonally.
  • Ideal Region: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
  • Tolerates: Dry Sites
  • Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Botanical Name: Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26283
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Native: Yes
Vermont
Shelburne
Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Prices start at : 19.95 USD / 1 GAL

Best in full sun. Plants typically grow to 3' tall x 3' wide when in flower. It is native to prairies, pine barrens, and open woodlands from Massachusetts to Kansas south to Florida and Texas.
Maryland
Bowie
Golden Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa m. ‘Aureola\')
Prices start at : 24.95 USD / 1 Gal

Other common names include forest grass and Japanese forest grass. Best growth occurs in climates with cool summer temperatures. Golden Japanese Forest Grass is Best grown in humusy, consistently moist, well-drained soils in part shade.
Maryland
Bowie
Dwarf Pampas Grass (Cortaderia)
Prices start at : 35.95 USD / 3 GAL

In 1848, and for many years now has been grown as an ornamental plant in certain southern and western parts of the U.S. It has also been grown commercially for harvest of its large flower plumes for use in dried arrangements.
Maryland
Bowie
Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)
Prices start at : 16.95 USD / 1 Gal

Although the stems appear from a distance as coarse and stiff, they are soft to the touch. Easily grown at the edge of a pond or water garden, in boggy areas, among wet pebbles or rocks or in several inches of standing water.
Maryland
Bowie
Carex Blue Zinger
Prices start at : 14.95 USD / 1 GAL

We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and...
Maryland
Bowie
Sensational Borders With Ornamental Grass
Some are evergreen; some are variegated with gold or white. These plants also make good accent plants among other border plants.When choosing ornamental grasses for borders, you should become familiar with their growing requirements as well as their characteristics.
Ohio
Willoughby
Preventing Flopping Grass: Causes Of Ornamental Grasses Falling Over
Most of the problems associated with flopping ornamental grass is because of gardeners taking too much care of the plants, not too little.The most common cause of ornamental grasses falling over isin the soil.
Ohio
Willoughby
Propagating Decorative Grasses: How To Propagate Ornamental Grass
It is often obvious when this needs to be done, as the grass may have a dead patch in the center or simply fail to produce a thick crown of leaves.Propagation of ornamental grasses is through this division or from volunteer plants that have come from...
Ohio
Willoughby
Rose Fountain Grass
Prices start at : 3.95 USD / each

Deer resistant. Mounds of narrow, elegantly arching leaves grow to 2' tall. It is an excellent cutting plant for flower arrangements. Beautiful rose-copper flower plumes begin their entrance in July with new seed heads appearing all the way into September!...
  • Spread: 1-2'
  • Max Height (feet): 2
  • Zones: 5-9
  • Genus: Pennisetum alopecuroides
  • Plant Lighting: Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Illinois
Bloomington