Karl Foerster: This grass performs well in a wide range of climates, remains attractive for months on end, and is not invasive in any way. Clumps are strongly upright, with dark green leaves. Soft feathery green plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter.
Hamlen: Fountain Grass is one of the most popular grasses. This selection forms an upright mound of arching green leaves, bearing spikes of silvery-white flowers that turn to buff or tan as they dry. Most effective when mass planted, but also useful as a specimen accent in the garden or in containers. Drought tolerant.
Porcupine: Also known as Japanese Silver Grass, showy plumes and remaining attractive all winter. This variety has soft-pink flowers over an upright clump of green leaves, banded with yellow. Useful as a specimen or for mass planting. Cut back to 4 inches in March.
Sky Racer: Tall Moor Grass is a dramatic and unusual species that is superb as a specimen, or in the perennial border. This selection forms a medium-sized clump of cascading green leaves, bearing very tall, arching stems of airy yellow flowers, almost like a fountain in effect. Spectacular bronzy-gold fall colour. Trim back in late winter.
Gracillimus: There are many selections of Miscanthus now available, but this is by far the most popular of all. Plants form a graceful, upright mound of narrow green foliage that stays attractive from summer right through the winter. Coppery-pink plumes appear in late fall, although sometimes not at all in cool summer regions. Cut back in March.
Huron Sunrise: Best known as the most heavily blooming Maiden Grass with large, full, burgundy plumes appearing from late summer into the fall. Plants stay attractive throughout the winter and provide the garden with interest. Excellent as a specimen, for massing or providing a screen, in large containers and at the water's edge.
Hakonechloa 'All Gold': One of the most gorgeous of ornamental grasses, also one of the few that prefers shady sites. This makes a dwarf mound of narrow golden-yellow leaves with more of a spiky habit compared to other forms. Slow to grow, but eventually makes a wonderful edging. Needs afternoon shade but morning sun brings out the best colour.
Gorgeous shade loving, low mounding grass.
Overdam: A variegated selection of Reed Grass, suited to a multitude of uses and not invasive in any way. Low clumps of leaves are striped with green and white, appearing in early spring. Soft feathery greenish-mauve plumes appear in summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. Nice as a specimen or massed.
Elijah Blue: valued for their clumping habit, and long display of fine grassy leaves. This is considered to be one of the best blue selections, retaining its colour all season. Tan spikes appear in early summer. Excellent for mass planting, edging, or in the rock garden.
Eldorado: A variegated selection of Feather Reed Grass, suited to a multitude of uses and not invasive in any way. Low clumps of green leaves are striped down the middle with golden yellow. Soft feathery greenish-mauve plumes appear in early to mid summer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. Nice as a specimen or massed.
Black Mondo: With its nearly jet-black leaves, this makes a most unique specimen for edging or in the rock garden. Short spikes of pale-pink flowers are followed by black berries in the fall. Slow to establish. For best effect, combine with golden or grey-foliaged groundcovers to provide a contrast. In cold winter regions a light winter mulch is advised. Evergreen.
Carex Ever Gold: This Japanese selection forms a low cascading clump of leathery green leaves, with a bright creamy-yellow stripe down the centre. Brownish flowers are insignificant. Great for edging, or in the rock garden. Evergreen.
Morning Light:This outstanding selection forms a graceful, upright mound of narrow green foliage, each leaf neatly edged in creamy-white. Clumps have a sturdy, compact habit, well suited to the smaller garden. Coppery-pink plumes appear in late fall, although sometimes not at all in cool summer regions. The foliage dries and turns a light tan shade for the winter. Useful as a specimen, in the border, or for mass planting. Cut back to 4 inches in late winter or early spring.
Red Baron: An unusual and dramatic grass, slowly forming a low clump. Leaves are green at the base, with red tips that become more intense over the summer and fall until they appear to glow. Effective as an edging, in the rock garden, and especially when mass planted.
Flame Grass: Plants form an upright clump of dark-green leaves, turning flame-orange and bronze in the autumn, particularly in warm regions. Tall spikes of very soft-pink flowers develop into silvery plumes that stay effective all winter long.