A stunning variegated form of 'Karl Foerster' brought to us from Steve Schmidt of American Ornamental Perennials. The reverse variegation of C. 'Overdam', this selection has deep green leaves with a wide white stripe down the center. The variegation remains distinctively appealing throughout the growing season. This is the perfect plant to use as a screen or backdrop in your garden due to its distinctly upright and clumping habit.
'Indian Warrior' forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage that begins to take on dusky purple tones as early as midsummer.
In late summer, glossy deep purple, three-branched inflorescences that vaguely resemble a turkey's foot (hence the common name) are produced on reddish stems. When they first open, tiny bright red-orange pollen sacs dangle from the flowers and are quite visible even from a distance.
As the cooler weather arrives, the foliage transitions from green to a deep smoky purple with red highlights, becoming enrobed in a shroud of purple by mid-fall.
This plant is a member of the Iris family, NOT Grass family. However, we have it listed under both.
Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum) can be a shy, retiring plant at times. They are small perennials, only 4-12" tall, with leaves to 1/8" wide. They start opening their eyes in early June and continue to look around all through June.
Each pretty blue eye sheds a tear when it is finished blooming, in the form of a small round seed capsule filled with tiny black seeds. Perhaps they are tears of happiness or perhaps they are tears of sorrow. This plant is also known as Star Grass by some people because the flowers are distinctly star shaped. Blue-Eyed Grass is actually not a true grass, but a member of the Iris family, closely related to Blue Flag or Wild Iris (Iris versicolor).
Clump forming, dense tuft of upright silver-blue foliage. Delicate infloresecence in late spring on 2' slender, arching, stems. Cool season grass, reduced flowering when hot and humid; good container plant. Combine with other grasses or mix with shrubs and perennials.
Graceful fountains of silver-blue blades form neat ornamental clumps that combine well with other grasses. Beige to light brown terminal panicles appear June through August. Reliable and attractive accent or specimen, perfect for rock gardens. Evergreen perennial.
Regarded by some as the bluest blue fescue, this plant forms compact, cascading mounds of foot-tall, intensely blue, narrow leaves that are attractive in all seasons.
Blooms are generally secondary to the foliage, but this cultivar blooms more heavily than most, with spikelets in summer. This cultivar is long-lived and very hardy. Grow in groups in a border or rock garden, or as a groundcover.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Foliage is very blue. Drought and heat tolerant. Care: Tolerant of drought, heat, and poor soil. Grow in dry, well-drained soil of poor to moderate fertility in full sun. Divide every few years. Propagation: Divide in spring, or sow seed in a cold frame in spring, fall, or winter. Problems: Ergot, powdery mildew, rust, smut, brown patch, leaf spot, net blotch, pink snow mold, anthracnose, eye spot, and summer blight can affect plants.
'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer. By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.
Soft powdery blue, spiky foliage that keeps its color all year round makes this grass a top pick. One of the more durable and longer-lived varieties, 'Elijah Blue' is a small, clumping grass with a rounded habit. In early summer, wheat-like seed heads are produced on tall,spiky stalks in great numbers.
This grass is referred to as 'Far East Maiden Grass', or 'Ferner Osten'. Both are the same.
Tall erect green foliage with a silvery white midrib which turns copper red in autumn. Spectacular wine red plumes which darken to brown then fade to beige in the autumn.
Short, narrow, green leaves arch gracefully on upright stems, forming a tight clump Leaf blades are not as dense along the main stems, as most other miscanthus cultivars Foliage turns a golden-tan in the fall, remaining through the winter Flower Type: feathery panicles Flower Color: reddish-purple turning to silver-white Bloom Time: September to October
Spectacular fall color and cold hardiness make this Miscanthus stand out. Foliage shows maroon wash turning reddish orange in fall - contrasting nicely with the feathery white plumes. Reddish-tinged flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer and in fall gradually become creamy white. Burgundy foliage and creamy white plumes remain long into winter. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.
Deciduous clumping grass desired for its heavy foliage and tall silvery plumes. Reaching heights of 10' to 14', it tends to be the largest of the Miscanthus species. Flowers appear in August or September. Prefers full sun, fertile, moist and well drained soils.
A mounded, non-invasive rhizome grass-like perennial. It is great for containers, edging or as a ground cover. Fragrant, butter yellow sword-like blades create a striking contrast. Rich golden yellow foliage.
Add drama to naturalized areas, urban landscapes, or even container plantings with this native selection of big bluestem. Blackhawks begins to show its dark side - in a good way - as early as August or when the nights begin to cool. The dark green foliage and nodes turn shades of purple as the burgundy inflorescences emerge and open to resemble turkey feet in mid to late summer. The color eventually intensifies to deep shades of rich purple that is nearly black by late September. Tolerant of a range of conditions, full sun will ensure the best color and habit. Excellent drought tolerance. A seedling of A. gerardii ‘Red October’, introduced by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens.
Recommended Miscanthus for northern gardens. Noted for its early bloom time and copper red fall foliage. White flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer turning to silvery white showy plumes. Straw-beige winter foliage and white plumes persist to provide pleasing winter interest. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.
An intriguing grass for the shade which is perfect for the formal or informal gardens. Excellent where sunlight is minimal. Variegated but nearly all yellow, the leaf blades have narrow green stripes, mostly near the margins. Tiny, inconspicuous flower spikes appear in airy clusters from late summer through mid-fall.
More compact and shorter than the species, 'Hameln' has finely textured leaves that are especially lovely when back lit by the early morning or late afternoon sun. Soft, greenish-cream colored panicles begin to appear in midsummer, a few weeks earlier than the species.
Similar to the popular Panicum 'Prairie Fire' , this new selection has blue-green foliage that turns a deeper shade of wine-purple beginning in early summer. This grass is strictly upright from top to bottom, unlike 'Prairie Fire' whose leaves curl at the top. In late summer, deep purple panicles are produced.
This Indian grass cultivar is a clump-forming perennial grass with an upright, open habit typically growing 3-5' tall but occasionally taller. Features slender blue-green leaf blades which turn yellow in fall and retain some gold color throughout the winter. Narrow, feathery panicles of tan-yellow flowers appear well above the foliage in late summer to early fall. Panicles turn bronze in fall and continue to provide interest into early winter.
Golden Variegated Hakone features gold-variegated, green grass reminiscent of bamboo foliage. The leaves turn a pink-hued, tan color for fall. Its delicate, arching nature presents an elegant appearance even without pruning, and is relatively low maintenance. Hakone is not only an attractive grass for your home, but its long-lived nature makes it a great investment. Under optimal conditions, it will live fifteen years so you can count on it bringing you enjoyment for years to come.
This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long.
Calamagrostis brachytricha is a clump-forming, warm season grass with bright green leaves reaching about 2 feet. In late summer blooms emerge with a pink tint and reach 3 to 4 feet. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a straw color in winter. A graceful addition to the shade or part shade garden! One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in the shade. Wonderful for cut flowers.
An early bloomer (well before frost in our area) makes this a great choice for colder areas. With foliage of more than a meter in height and blooms at 2 meter tall, 'Malepartus' can be a strong focal point in a landscape.