3-4' grass

rippsnorterMay 2, 2008

Hey everyone! I am building a garden at the front entrance to my house. The walkway which runs right through the middle is going to be lined with bamboo shafts that will vary from 3 to 4 feet tall. I would like to find a grass that would reach that high and stay about that height with minimal trimming, and also grows in spreads, not in individual clumps. It would have to be a grass that is tolerant of being in the shade for most of the day. I know its picky, but does anyone have any suggestions?

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Wow, that's a tough one. Shade, 3 ft high, spreading grass for warm zone 9.

Not much comes to mind.

Chasmanthium latifolium would fit in well with Bamboo. You'd have to keep it moist in zone 9 and definitely in some shade. It's clump forming actually, but can be planted to form a hedge-like grouping...without distinct individual forms. Does spread with rhizomes, but not overly aggressive and easy to control. In shade it will be about 3 ft with a slight droop.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 8:41AM
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I google imaged that grass and i like how it looks. Now, where does one go to purchase said plant?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 2:48PM
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Nevermind. Behold the power of google. I found it for around 11 bucks. Sound reasonable?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 2:54PM
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Bluestem, Santa Rosa Gardens, Digging Dog, Plant Delights, High Country Gardens, and lots of others sell online grasses and should carry Chasmanthium. I've seen it for less than you mentioned, but depends on what size you're looking at.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 6:36PM
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I second the recommendation for Chasmanthium latifolium or River Oats. Although it doesn't spread by runners, it readily reseeds and will quickly fill an area. It also grows great in the shade and is about the right height. It is a beautiful grass suggestive of bamboo with very attractive seed heads in late summer.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 1:26PM
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