ornamental grass - Zone 7

shw104(7)December 25, 2006


Fairly new to ornamental grasses and would like a few recommendations to what grows well in my area (outside of Baltimore).

I have a fairly sunny spot for them and am looking for a mixture of mid height (2'-4') and tall >5'. Actually recently moved 4-5 large pine trees from my yard and would like to use the grass on the property line between my house and my neighbors in this area.

Definitely want perennials and can start them from seed in a small growing rack I have in my basement. Don't have a large budget for this project.

Thanks for the assistance.

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Here's the list of grasses I've grown from seed, so far:

Anthoxanthum odoratum.. Sweet Vernal Grass
Briza maxima.. Annual Quaking Grass
Briza media.. Quaking Grass
Calamagrostis brachytricha..Fall Blooming Feather Reed Grass
Carex comans 'Bronze Form'..Bronze New Zealand Hair Sedge
Carex grayi.. Gray's Sedge
Carex muskingumensis.. Palm Sedge
Chasmanthium latifolium.. Northern Sea Oats
Cortaderia selloana.. Pampas Grass
Deschampsia caespitosa.. Tufted Hairgrass
Eragrostis spectabilis.. Purple Love Grass
Festuca gigantea.. Giant Fescue
Festuca glauca.. Blue Fescue
Festuca mairei.. Maire's Fescue
Festuca scoparia.. syn. Festuca gautieri..Bearskin Fescue
Helictotrichon sempervirens..Blue Oat Grass
Hystrix patula.. Bottlebrush Grass
Lagurus ovatus.. Bunny Tails - Annual
Luzula nivea.. Snowy Woodrush
Luzula sylvatica.. Greater Woodrush
Miscanthus sinensis 'Central Park'..Maiden Grass
Miscanthus sinensis.. 'New Hybrids'..Maiden Grass, Eulalia Grass
Nassella tenuissima.. Mexican Feather Grass
Panicum virgatum.. Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Strictum'..Switch Grass
Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'..Ornamental Millet..Annual
Pennisetum alopecuroides.. Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'.. Black Seeded Fountain Grass
Pennisetum orientale..Oriental Fountain Grass
Saccharum ravennae..Ravenna Grass
Sesleria caerulea.. Blue Moor Grass
Setaria faberi.. Giant Foxtail - Annual
Sporobolus heterolepis..Prairie Dropseed
Stipa capillata.. Feather Grass
Tridens flavus.. Purple Top

Google them for sizes, etc..

    Bookmark   December 26, 2006 at 10:07AM
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donn: Thanks... any advice on how to best grow them from seed? Did you start the plants indoors?


    Bookmark   December 31, 2006 at 8:49PM
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They were all started with winter sowing techniques, sowed in recyclable containers:

and plant bands in a cold frame

and placed outside, in winter, spring and summer. Very few of them actually need cold moist stratification, so most were sown in spring and summer.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 7:55AM
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