grasses

Landscape Grasses

Landscape grasses are perfect for adding texture and dimension to the yard.  From tall stately specimens to small graceful grasses for borders, you’re sure to find one that will work for you.  Landscape grasses can be easy to grow and are drought tolerant once established.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Karl Foerster Reed Grass

 

Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass

Shenandoah Switch Grass

Porcupine Grass

 

Calamagrostis Reed Grasses

These are one of our favorite types of grasses.  Karl Foerster Reed Grass is an upright and narrow green grass that grows 3-4′ tall with plumes reaching up to 5′.  Feathery bronze plumes in late summer and fall transform to a gorgeous gold color.  The plumes look similar to wheat.   In the fall, you can cut this back to the ground, or leave it to add winter interest to landscapes.  This is the most common landscape grass used in Eastern Idaho.  Try Eldorado Reed Grass near sidewalks or patios where its unique green and gold foliage will be noticed.  Eldorado has light purple seed heads that mature to a buff color in fall.

Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass

This variety is perfect for borders and edges of flowerbeds.  The beautiful creamy white foliage has tinges of pink.  It has a mounding effect, growing to 18″‘ tall in partial shade.  It is a zone 4 perennial that comes back every year.  Elijah Blue Fescue also works well in borders.  The fine textured icy blue foliage grows 9-12″ tall and 18″ wide with taller flower spikes that age to a buff color.  It is a also a perennial.

Shenandoah Switch Grass

Switch Grass grows airy plumes with a reddish tint in fall.  Foliage also turns a reddish brown in fall, adding visual interest to the landscape.  Use as a background to landscapes or in mass plantings.  Grows 3-4′ tall and up to 3′ across.   Heavy Metal Switch Grass has a similar growth habit with icy blue foliage.  The foliage will stand out among other plants.

Porcupine Grass

This is a great choice to make a bold statement.  The unique foliage has gold horizontal banding and grows up to 8′ tall!  It works well for filling in awkward corners or use as a screen or hedge.  Make sure you give this one room to grow.  Hardy Pampas Grass is marginal for our climate, but there are many mature plants growing in Idaho Falls.  This one gets huge!  Hardy Pampas Grass can grow 8-10′ tall and 6′ wide in full sun.

These are just a few of the grasses we carry.  Availability changes with the seasons, so contact us to check availability.