You can count on these beautiful, low-maintenance and easy-growing ornamental grasses to add color to your yard all year long.
By Julie A. MartensMore in Outdoors
Edward Post Bailey Nurseries
Desert Plains fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) forms an upright vase-shaped clump in the garden. The narrow leaves are green until midsummer, when they start shifting to deep red. By autumn, leaves blaze in orange and gold shades. Eye-catching five-inch bottlebrush seedheads appear in early fall. Use this grass for a focal point in a planting bed, skirting it with chunky-textured plants, like autumn-blooming sedums, brunnera or peonies. Tuck plants into a spot with full sun to part shade and rich, well-drained soil. Desert Plains fountain grass is deer resistant and hardy in Zones 5 to 9.
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