Outsidepride.com has a large selection of beautiful ornamental grasses which can provide the focal point of any landscape and as landscape designs become less formal, ornamental grasses are beginning to appear in traditional perennial beds, shrub borders and naturalistic or wildlife areas.
Blue Fescue (Festuca cinerea glauca Varna) - Create low-growing clumps with Blue Fescue seed. These ornamental grasses are excellent for the front of the border, and the blue-green color complements colorful ornamentals. The Blue Fescue plant can survive extended droughts and the stress of a drought only deepens the color of the ornamental grass.
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) - These Blue Eyed grass seeds are sure to thrill you! As you might expect from the common name, Blue-eyed Grass, this little perennial has grass-like foliage with a blue-purple flower. It is categorized as an ornamental grass, however, it is in the Iris family.
Mediterranean Brome (Bromus macrostachys) - Start Mediterranean Brome seeds for a fast-growing, lovely cool season ornamental grass. A synonymous botanical name is Bromus lanceolatus, and a second common name is Ornamental Brome grass. This variety of Bromegrass is often used for a bedding plant.
Red Brome (Bromus rubens) - Give your color pots a lovely addition this year by growing Red Brome grass seed. This annual grows quickly, and produces pink flower panicles that grow fairly upright and not drooping. Red Brome Bromus rubens is an exotic species that comes from southern Europe.
Cat Grass Variegated (Hordeum Vulgare Variegate) - Whether you are growing Cat Grass seeds for your feline friends or as ornamental grass, you can not go wrong! Variegated Cat Grass is lovely with bright white and green foliage, and it is lovely as a seasonal accent plant growing with other annuals in containers and borders.
Cloud Grass (Agrostis nebulosa) - Very few ornamental grasses are more lovely than Cloud Grass! Grown easily from Cloud Grass seeds, this ornamental is an annual so it grows quickly and reaches full size. The seed heads are soft and airy and create the look of nebulous clouds.
Corynephorus Grass (Corynephorus canescens Spiky Blue) - Often called Grey Hair Grass or Gray Clubawn Grass, Corynephorus seeds produces a fine-textured, low-growing ornamental grass. This evergreen ornamental grass has a vertical, tufted habit with finely divided, rigid, grey-green leaves and silver-grey spiklets.
Grassy Bells (Edraianthus tenuifolius) - Perfect for the rock or alpine garden, start Grassy Bells seeds for an ornamental grass with a surprise. This ornamental grass has tufts of narrow grass-like leaves, and in early summer, lovely upward facing purple flower clusters appear. The flowers are large in comparison to the little tuft of grassy leaves, and they can reach 2 inches across.
Eleusine (Eleusine coracana Green Cat) - For a unique and attractive annual ornamental grass grow Eleusine coracana seeds. Commonly called Green Cat's Claw or African Finger Millet, this annual plant produces green flowers that are claw-shaped.
Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum) - If you like native ornamental grasses, try growing Foxtail Barley grass seeds. It is also commonly called Squirrel Tail Grass, and it prefers full sun and moist to dry conditions. Hordeum jubatum has gained popularity as an ornamental grass because of its highly attractive flower heads.
Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepsis cernua Live Wire) - Not too many ornamental grasses can be called Fiber Optic Grass! This unique ornamental grass plant is ideal for adding texture to mixed containers or as an indoor plant. Start the Isolepsis cernua seeds for a house plant, an addition to the border, or a planting along ponds and water gardens.
Bunny Tails (Lagurus ovatus) - Grow Lagurus ovatus seed for this delightful little annual that is excellent for cutting and preserving. Commonly known as both Bunny Tails and Hare's Tail, this ornamental grass is neat and compact, topped by chartreuse puffballs that really do resemble little rabbit tails!
Lamarckia Aurea (Lamarckia aurea Golden Shower) - Easy to grow from Lamarckia aurea seeds, this annual ornamental grass is commonly called Goldentop. Golden Top Grass is originally from the Mediterranean region, and today in the United States it can be found growing from Texas to California.
Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) - Grow Lemon Grass seeds for an essential herb used in Asian cuisine. The leaves and stems of Lemon Grass can be used fresh or dried to impart a distinct lemon flavor. Lemongrass herb adds exquisite flavor to soup, curries, and sauces, as well as fish and chicken dishes.
Golden Millet (Milium effusum) - If you have shade, you will want to start Golden Millet seeds! Most ornamental grasses need full sun, but this little ornamental Millet Grass actually prefers a shady location. The golden, chartreuse leaves will brighten any shady spot in your landscape
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens) - If you have shady areas, you'll want to start Black Monda Grass seeds for a unique and attractive grass. Ophiopogon planiscapus Mondo Grass is considered to be a dwarf ornamental grass as it only reaches about 6 inches in height.
Monkey Grass (Liriope muscari Big Blue) - If you need a decorative border or edging plant, start Monkey Grass seeds, and enjoy this popular ornamental grass plant. Also known as Lily Turf, this ornamental grass has evergreen foliage and violet blue flower spikes during the summer.
Panic Grass (Panicum violaceum) - If you enjoy adding ornamental grasses to your indoor arrangements, grow Panic Grass seeds, and add this lovely annual grass to your cutting garden collection. Sometimes referred to as Violet Panic Grass, this annual is very attractive with purplish-green, pendulous flower-heads.
Quaking Grass (Briza Maxima) - Quaking ornamental grass is cultivated for its rattlesnake like seed heads which look like small heart shaped flowers. The flower heads change in color from green to buff and are collectable for dried arrangements.
Reed canary ornamental grass is a large coarse grass with flat blades that have a rough texture on both surfaces. Reed canary grass has an erect, hairless stem with gradually tapering leaf blades.
Ruby Grass (Rhynchelytrum Nerviglumis) - A spectacular ornamental grass derived from South African species, Ruby grass is a cold tender, Zone 7-11, perennial that is grown as an annual in much of the intermountain West.
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Pennisetum - Alopecuroides - This beautiful variety of fountain grass, often called black-flowered fountain grass, has fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black in color. This ornamental grass emerges in late summer and contrasts nicely with the fine, deep green foliage. Pennisetum makes a great accent in a sunny flower border, or you can plant in drifts for a massed effect.
Blue Fescue - One of the most popular short growing ornamental grasses easily planted from seed. Blue fescue is well adapted to a mown turf situation, with the blue/green color developing in high stress periods. It can be used for home lawns, golf course roughs, roadsides, cemeteries, and commercial sites. The distinctive color allows it to add landscaping detail and interest.
Bluestems - Big and little bluestem are native grases often grown in the Great Plains region, but also make great container or flower bed ornamental grasses. Big bluestem is a warm season perennial grass which has an attractive reddish-copper color in fall and can help create a beautiful landscape. Little bluestem is one of the most popular ornamental grasses on the market today and is widely used in landscaping. Often used in plantings because it is short and mixes well with wildflowers for increased attraction.
Feathertop - Feathertop is a clump-forming, densely tufted type of ornamental fountaingrass. Feathertop produces 2 foot nodding silver panicles in great profusion from late summer through early fall. The flowers look like clouds that are floating about, catching the breeze and waving about. Feathertop is a ready self-seeder, so plant in an area where they can spread, or you will need to cut off the flowers before the seeds ripen in the fall.
Fountain - Fountain grass has densely-tufted clumps bow beneath the weight of these long blooms, forming a lovely cascade of ornamenal grass! Adding rich rosy-pink color to the summer landscape, Fountain Grass is a treasure in the hot, dry garden. Its 12-inch plumes have a fuzzy, soft consistency, seeming to float above spinach-green stalks 2 feet tall. Perfect as a specimen or accent planting, this ornamental fountain grass forms a very dense, rounded clump 18 inches wide.
Mexican Feathergrass - Mexican Feather Grass is a beautiful mounded ornamental grass. Its needle-like flexible leaves form dense, bright green clumps. The flowers are silky awns that appear in June and change from green to gold as they mature. Spectacular when backlit at night, they are striking alone, or in large masses or drifts.
Miscanthus - One of the easiest and most adaptable Fountain Grasses, Miscanthus Sinensis Grass (Eulalia), an Oriental hybrid, sports long, silky tresses of shining silvery-cream all summer long. In autumn, the cold weather turns them deep gold, for a long-lasting colorful display in the landscape or the vase. Reaching 6 to 7 feet tall and spreading 3 feet wide in the sunny garden, this perennial is useful as a screen, hedge, or specimen planting.
Pampas - White and pink pampas are two of the most poular ornamental grasses there are. Unsurpassed for glorious texture and color in the landscape, thie pampas grasses are the star of any garden it graces! The sturdy, fresh-green bloomstalks reach anywhere from 8 to 12 feet tall, capped by enormous "featherdusters" of brilliant rosy-pink. In selecting sites for pampas grass, regard should be paid to the danger of damage to passersby from contact with the very sharp edges of the leaves.
Ruby - This is a spectacular plant derived from South African species. Ruby Grass (Pink Crystals - Rhynchelytrum Nerviglume) is a cold tender, Zone 7-10 perennial that is grown as an annual in much of the intermountain West. For best effect, plant in clusters or around the base of taller, late-blooming perennials. Grows 3 - 4 feet tall.
Weeping Lovegrass - Weeping lovegrass is a rapidly growing warm-season bunchgrass that was introduced into the U. S. from East Africa. The many long, narrow leaves emerging from a tight tuft are pendulous, with the tips almost touching the ground. The drooping leaf characteristic gives rise to the name “weeping” lovegrass. Features dark green, fine textured, almost hair-like foliage that forms dense clumps. One of the few ornamental grasses that may also be considered a native grass.