Garden Grasses

Submitted July 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Grasses are an often overlooked, but incredibly versatile and useful addition to nearly any type of garden. The Ornamental Grass Collection here at Red Butte Garden, with over 40 different cultivars and species, can be a great source of inspiration for adding grasses to your garden.

Blue Grama Grass    Bouteloua gracilis 

Mostly horizontal flower heads float above low tufts of blades on this native grass.

Golden Variegated Hakone   Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

This bright variegated grass forms neat clumps that can grow together into a nice groundcover.

Compact Zebra Grass    Miscanthus sinensis 'Hinjo'

Compact upright clumps of strikingly striped blades make for a dramatic statement.

Switch Grass    Panicum virgatum 

This upright grass can grow to six feet in height and turns an attractive yellow in fall. Summer flowers are small but very attractive and interesting.

Jester Millet    Panicum glaucum  'Jester'

This annual grass grows up to a foot in height and can add a fun color and form to your garden.

Oriental Fountain Grass    Pennisetum orientale  

Large, fluffy, arching flower heads decorate this midsized grass from June until the first frost.

Whether you are looking for a small space filler or a large wall of color, grasses can offer a great choice. Don't hesitate to visit Red Butte today and find a grass that would be a great addition to your garden.
Photos by Sarah Sandoval

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