10 Ornamental Grasses to Plant This Fall - On the House

10 Ornamental Grasses to Plant This Fall

By on September 21, 2016

Prized for their featherlike textures, billowing silhouettes and delicate seed heads, ornamental grasses can be stars of autumn gardens. We’ve taken a bit of liberty with the term “grasses” here. Botanically speaking, a true grass falls under the Poaceae family and includes cereal grains, prairie and pasture grasses, grasses we typically plant as turf and even bamboos. They all share a handful of distinguishing characteristics, such as hollow stems interspersed with solid nodes for structural support.

For garden design, we casually group all grasslike plants along with the official grasses since they are largely used for the same function in the garden. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most useful grasses, fescues and sedges, all with particularly beautiful forms, colors and textures in the garden.

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