Leaves often change colors during the growing season, shifting to rich, deeper shades in autumn, followed by muted winter tones.
The seed-bearing flowers and their fruits are enclosed inside a sack-like scale called a perigynium. It provides cover for foraging birds, nesting material and abundant seed.
After that, the plants require very little maintenance to look spectacular. Plants reach 8 to 12 feet tall in a single growing season.
Check out a few of our favorite grasses. Blue Heaven forms tight, tall clumps filled with steel blue leaves. Flowers followed by black berries. Plants soar 10 to 20 feet tall and are hardy in Zones 6 to 10. Pink Hair Grass Homeowners who have a large expanse that they want to cover with an attractive grass-like ground cover should consider pink hair grass Muhlenbergia capillaris. Trim plants in early spring before new growth begins.
Give this grass sun to light shade in fertile, well-drained soil on the moist side. Need a grass for wet soil? Sign up for our newsletter Get great deals sent directly to your inbox!
Tuck plants into a spot with full sun to part shade and rich, well-drained soil. Breeders report this plant as being hardy in Zones 7 to 10, but gardeners in Zone 5b have consistently reported successful overwintering.
If you're not sure what to do from here, take a look at this Help page for instructions. Mexican feather grass Stipa tenuissima introduces an elegant presence to the garden with its narrow, refined upright foliage that forms an attractive fountain.
It grows great in partial to full shade. Want help getting started?
Cut plants to the ground in early spring. Ground cover is not as particular about its growing conditions as most grass is.