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Plants for a Small Urban Garden

Check out these plants perfect for a small garden and the planting information for each zone.

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Zebra or Porcupine (Maiden) Grass (5 of 15)

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Gardener's Note: Miscanthus sinensis is a non-native invasive grass from Asia. It has escaped cultivation and invaded natural areas throughout the Midwest and South.

  • Large upright ornamental grass with gold-banded foliage and copper plumes

  • Plant in full sun to light shade

  • Can be invasive

  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil

  • Prune back to ground in late winter to early spring; fertilize in spring

  • Divide every few years in early spring

  • Height: 4-9 feet

  • Width: 2-6 feet

Hardy in zones 5-9:

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring; plant may flop over in heavy snow or ice.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring.

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring.

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