Ornamental grass that is shade tolerant?

meredith77(5)April 24, 2006

Does anybody know of an ornamental variety that might work with 4-5 hours of morning sun exposure? Otherwise would be in full or partial shade the rest of the day. I'm looking for something tallish (4' or so) to balance out some zebra grass that is in the sunny part of the front of my house. It looks a little lopsided at the moment :) Thanks!

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Chasmanthium latifolium, AKA Northern Sea Oats, will deal with that kind of sun, and will probably reach 4' in height when mature. Very pretty grass, with bamboo-looking leaves.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 1:57PM
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River oats/ N. Sea Oats does well in shady locations. Mine gets about 3-4 hours of sun max in the afternoons and it has thrived. Supposed to be able to handle full shade. Mine is about 3-4' tall by mid-summer.

Hakone grass also does well in the shade, and will actually burn up from too much sun. It is very slow growing, however, and only reaches about 12-18" tall.

I have had very good luck growing Miscanthus "Adagio" in a location that gets sun from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mine are about 2-3' tall and just as wide.

Various Carex varieties also grow well in the shade. I've got Bowle's Gold Sedge, Carex elata, and it's done very well with limited sunlight. It's a nice bright gold color and really shows up in shady spots. Grows about 18-24" tall.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 2:21PM
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achnatherum(z4or3 Ontario)

Try Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' or
M. sin. 'Morning Light'
Both of these Variegated cultivars do pretty good in a part sun location.
A grouping of Calamagrostis brachytrichoides might work as it does fine in part sun.
Chasmanthium latifolium, although I don't find that it gets nearly as tall in a shady location ....

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 4:40PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I have Miscanthus 'Morning Light' in a spot that gets morning sun and it is doing fine. Probably blooms less than full sun, I actually don't know because it is my only one. It is between 4 and 5' tall.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2006 at 6:27PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Calamagrostis brachytricha does well with very little sun.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 7:06AM
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inthegarden_k(z7 NC)

actually, i have zebra grass growing in those conditions--few hours of sun, and other than that, shade.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2006 at 11:16PM
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