Favorite specimen grass plant ...other than Miscanthus or Pampas?

nokiAugust 11, 2012

What are your favorite large or individual specimen ornamental grass plants? 3-4 season interest.

Other than Miscanthus, Pampas, or Ravenna grass which are deservingly very commonly seen. Arundo donax is obviously an impressive monster but I've decided it is too messy and a land hog.

Big Bluestem? Prairie Dropseed? Switchgrass? Others?

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I'd have to go with Arundo donax 'Peppermint Stick' and Panicum virgatum 'Northwind.' 'Peppermint Stick' isn't as big as the species, and is really startling with it's variegated foliage. 'Northwind' is, by far, the most erect and upright Switch Grass, with it's blooms blended into the top of the foliage. Mine will hit 6' this year.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 7:43PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I'll second Donn's two suggestions and add Dallas blues panicum. Funny that I used to dislike all panicums, I thought of them as more of a
roadside and waste area weed than a garden plant.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 8:23PM
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I agree that any of the larger Panicums are absolutely stunning as specimens. Here in Portland, I really love Molinia 'Skyracer' & Stipa gigantea...talk about making a statement!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:32PM
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