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Ornamental Grasses

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Barbara28-Jul-04 10:20 AM EST 6a   
01-Aug-04 03:52 AM EST   
dm02-Aug-04 11:16 AM EST 3b   
Paula06-Aug-04 01:41 PM EST 8   
Patricia 08-Aug-04 06:30 PM EST 5   
dm09-Aug-04 05:02 PM EST 3   
Michael21-May-05 04:54 AM EST 4   
Karole22-May-05 06:17 AM EST 6   
Patricia23-May-05 07:29 AM EST 5   
dm23-May-05 10:22 AM EST 3   
marion29-May-05 03:49 AM EST   
Gilly31-Jul-05 05:21 PM EST   
Patricia 01-Aug-05 10:10 AM EST 5   

Subject: Ornamental Grasses
From: Barbara (
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Jul-04 10:20 AM EST

Do all ornamental grasses require full sun? Has anyone had success with grasses in part sun/part shade?

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
Date: 01-Aug-04 03:52 AM EST

I have several in part shade. Northern Sea Oats, some miscanthus, and blue fescue all do just fine.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: dm
Zone: 3b
Date: 02-Aug-04 11:16 AM EST

Some others that will do well in partial shade/sun: any Carex, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Bromus inermis 'Skinner's Golden', Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (will be less red in partial shade), Milium effusum 'Aureum'.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Paula
Zone: 8
Date: 06-Aug-04 01:41 PM EST

I would like to plant some ornamental grasses around my pond. I live in the Vancouver area where winters are fairly mild and my pond is in a very sheltered location. My preference would be evergreen grasses but would also love to hear what your favorites grasses are.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 08-Aug-04 06:30 PM EST

I may well be wrong, but think that by their very nature, grasses come up, bloom, seed and die down, no matter how mild the climate. Of course, then, they start all over again. There are some grasses that do their thing early in the year and others that come into their own late summer. Check out some websites by googling the words "ornamental grasses" - there must be tons of information.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 09-Aug-04 05:02 PM EST

Paula in Vancouver...have you thought of using Phormium (New Zealand flax)? It's not a grass, but it's grass-like, hardy in your area and comes in amazing colours. I've got a dwarf burgundy one in my container. I hope I can overwinter it in the house. There are beautiful large ones that would grow well for you.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Michael
Zone: 4
Date: 21-May-05 04:54 AM EST

I'am looking for a grass that grows about 6 feet tall grows in full sun and will come back every year. Does anyone have any suggestions. I live near Barrie Ontario.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Karole
Zone: 6
Date: 22-May-05 06:17 AM EST

I live in the Toronto ON area and last spring, I planted helictotrichon sempervirens - common name - blue oatgrass. It grew well and appeared healthy- no flowers, but full blue- green leaves. Before winter the leaves turned to a light beige colour. I read not to cut it back till early the following spring. Now I all I have is a very thick clump of yellow straw. Can this ornamental grass be saved? Is this plant really for Zone 4? I am in Zone 6. The tag read that it is very hardy. Please any suggestions or have I already lost this one?

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 23-May-05 07:29 AM EST

For Michael in Barrie: Michael, the best way to find a tall grass that will do well in your area is to go to a reputable nursery near you and ask. They should know what works in Barrie and what doesn't. I grow Miscanthus sinensis but this is Ottawa, at least one full zone warmer than you.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 23-May-05 10:22 AM EST

For Michael in Barrie: consider Calamagostis 'Karl Foerster'. This "Feather-Reed grass" blooms at the height you're wanting, is gorgeous over winter (as long as it hasn't been crushed by wet, heavy snow), and is bone hardy. I have 5 plants in my yard (including a variegated cultivar called 'Overdam', and I can't wait to split them to have more. They're especially beautiful when they're back-lit by the sun.

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: marion
Date: 29-May-05 03:49 AM EST

To Karole - Blue oat Grass is very hardy and yours should have returned long ago. Obviously something happened. I would recommend that you try again, as this grass is worth it. Now if only someone could tell me why my 'red baron" has not returned......

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Gilly
Date: 31-Jul-05 05:21 PM EST

Just wondered if anyone knew of a tall ornamental grass that will tolerate no sun. It would be planted beside the North facing part of the house. I live in S. Ontario

Subject: RE: Ornamental Grasses
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 01-Aug-05 10:10 AM EST

For Gilly: grasses are, by their nature, open country plants. Think "prairie". I cannot think of a single grass that would tolerate no sun.

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