26 Types of Tall and Dwarf Ornamental Grasses with Pictures (2022)

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Whether you have a large yard, a small patch of land to call a garden, or just a balcony to hang some container plants, you can find more than one ornamental grass variety to suit your needs. Despite being called ‘grass’, they are no less attractive than any flowering border and ground cover plants. The added advantage is that these are often much less fussy about their growing conditions than most flowering plants. Here is a list of the best tall and short ornamental grasses with images to make it easier for you to identify them:

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  • Tall Ornamental Grasses
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Popular Kinds of Colorful Ornamental Grasses with Their Varieties

Perennial Tall Ornamental Grasses

These are often planted to provide some privacy in one’s garden and home.

1. Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)
With foot-long feathery inflorescence, pampas is probably the best option if you are looking to plant something to provide you a little privacy. It can tolerate drought conditions but does well with weekly watering during hot summers. Some similar-looking species are highly invasive, so check with the nursery to make sure you are getting C. selloana or its cultivars.
Height: 3-12 feet

Width: 4-8 feet

Sunlight: Full sun; can survive in partial shade

USDA Zone: 5-9

Varieties: ‘Andes Silver’ Pampas, ‘Pumila’ Pampas, ‘Silver Fountain’ Pampas
2. ‘Prairie Fire’ red switchgrass
As the name implies, its foliage turns a deep shade of red or purple by early summer, turning lighter over the weeks till its pale yellow by the end of fall. Produces tiny green feathery flowers in late summer that work well as cut flowers too. Low-maintenance plants can grow in almost any soil type. Drought-tolerant, but does well with weekly watering.
Height: 4-6 feet

Width: 2-3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
3. Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea)
Clump-forming plants with long slender blades that provide a wispy appearance, it grows well in moist, fertile soils. Needs weekly watering, and more frequently during hot summers. It helps during the flowering season if the plant is protected from the hot afternoon sun.
Height: 4-6 feet

Width: 1-2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade

USDA Zone: 5-8

Varieties: M. caerulea ‘Moorhexe’, Variegated Purple Moor Grass, M. caerulea ‘Sky Racer’
4. Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’)
With its dramatic green and yellow variegated foliage, this award-winning tall maiden grass cultivar can grow in various kinds of moist and well-drained soil. The foliage takes on a golden-green appearance in fall. It produces purple or pinkish flowers in summer. It can be planted along with ‘morning light’ maiden grass, which lookssimilar, sans the variegated patterns.
Height: 4-7 feet

Width: 3-5 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
5. Flame grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘purpurascens’)
Yet another tall maiden grass variety, this one is highly sought-after for its ‘flaming’ purple-red foliage in summer and fall. It also produces attractive coral-pink plumes in late summer, on tall stems towering over the foliage. Can grow in almost any well-drained soil with regular watering.

Height: 5-6 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
6. Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’)
An attractive cultivar of the native weed species called fountain grass, this colorful ornamental grass is completely non-invasive. Usually a perennial, it can be grown as an annual grass in cold northern areas. Needing little care once established, this one is perfect for people who do not get much time to tend to their garden but still want it to look well maintained.

Height: 3-5 feet

Width: 2-4 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 8-11

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Varieties: None
7. Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Also known as wood oats, it boasts of bushy dark green foliage with unique seed-heads that look like oat heads, earning it the common name. The seed-heads turn a striking shade of rusty brown in winter. It is a good option for rock gardens and can tolerate full sun. Needs weekly watering to keep the soil moist. Can be planted with iris, trutleheads, and coneflowers.

Height: 2-5 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Partial sun

USDA Zone: 3-9

Varieties: Northern Sea Oats ‘River Mist’
8. ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’)
A clump-forming ornamental grass, the foliage usually grows up to 2 feet with the flower stalks towering over them at heights of 5-6 feet in spring. Produces straw-colored seed-heads, but the seeds are sterile. Fast-growing grass, it can be a good option if you are after some privacy in your lawn. Makes ideal companion plants for asters, shrub roses, and Russian sage.
Height: 2-6 feet

Width: 2-3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
9. Prairie Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)
Also known as the freshwater cordgrass, this one is basically a native wild grass variety that is slowly getting introduced to ornamental gardening. Extremely hardy in both wet and drought conditions, it needs little care and produces tall, straight foliage with tiny purple flowers growing in summer. Can spread in vast areas quickly unless controlled.
Height: 3-8 feet

Width: 3-4 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 3-7

Varieties: ‘Red River Germplasm’ Prairie Cord Grass
10. Himalaya Fairy Grass (Miscanthus nepalensis)
Also known as Nepal fairy grass, it is native to Southeast Asia and India, growing best in areas with cold winters. It can grow in any type of moist, well-drained soil, and boasts of attractive bushy evergreen or deciduous foliage. Grass blades can turn brownish or bronze in winter. Produces yellowish flower spikes in summer.
Height: 4-5 feet

Width: 2-4 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 8-9

Varieties: None

Short or Dwarf Ornamental Grass Varieties for Sun and Shade

Apart from being popular for low-growing borders and hedges, these are also quite common as easy-to-grow houseplants.

1. Lilyturf (Liriope muscari)

Also known as the big blue lilyturf, it is actually an evergreen grass-like flowering plant that can be planted like any ornamental grass in your garden. Tolerant to full sun and drought conditions, it produces pink to lavender, fragrant flower spikes in spring.

Height: 1-2 feet

Width: up to 1 feet

Sunlight: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 5-9

Varieties: Variegated Liriope, L. spicata ‘Silver Dragon’
2. Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca)

As the name suggests, it grows attractive dark bluish-green grass blades that turn green unless it gets a lot of sunlight. Bluish flower spikes appear in summer, gradually turning bright yellow. Established plants have low care and watering needs. Looks good with red and yellow-flowered ground covers.

Height: 1-3 feet

Width: Up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 4-8

Varieties: Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
3. Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus)

This is another lily turf species that has made its name as an ornamental grass despite not actually belonging in the grass family. The bushy evergreen foliage, the appearance of purple flower spikes in summer, followed by beautiful dark blue berries all make it valuable as a groundcover, border, or container plant. Needs little care once established.

Height: 0.75-1.5 feet

Width: 1-2 feet

Sunlight: Full to partial sun

USDA Zone: 6-11

Varieties: Variegated Mondo Grass, ‘Silver Dragon’ Mondo Grass
4. Pink Muhly or Cotton Candy Grass (‎Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Also known as hairawn muhly, this is a perennial, semi-evergreen ornamental grass with fluffy pink/purple flowers and a sedge-like appearance. Best suited for well-drained soils, including rocky soils, it needs regular watering only while growing. Fast-growing and quite drought-tolerant once established.

Height: 2-3 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

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USDA Zone: 5-10
Varieties: ‘White Cloud’ Muhly, ‘Pink Flamingo’ Muhly
5. Blue Dune Lyme Grass (Leymus arenarius ‘Blue Dune’)

With its gorgeous silver-gray foliage, this one is ideal for borders and ground covers when combined with maroon-leafed plants like ninebark or vivid flowers like bush rose, and Crane’ s-bill. Produces brown or straw-colored flower spikes in summer. The fast-growing perennial grass is tolerant of salty soils, drought, as well as heat, but grows best in cold conditions.

Height: 2-3 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full to partial sun

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
6. Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrical ‘Red Baron’)

The grass species Imperata cylindrical or cogongrass is a highly invasive weed in both the US and Europe. But Japanese blood grass is a striking non-invasive cultivar that grows in tight clumps with vivid red leaf blades that add character to your garden. Tolerates dry, hot seasons, but does best with weekly watering. Make sure you want a lot of red in your garden before choosing this ornamental grass.

Height: 1-2 feet

Width: up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 5-9

Varieties: None
7. Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

A clump-forming, gracefully arching evergreen grass with straw-colored flower spikes appearing in summer. Draught-tolerant and can survive with irregular watering and little care. It looks like blue fescue but grows taller on average. With its blue foliage and yellowish flowers, it looks best with maroon, pink, and purple flowers like barberry, lavender, ajuga, and yucca.

Height: 2-3 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 3-9

Varieties: ‘Sapphire Fountain’ Blue Oat Grass
8. Hare’s-Tail Grass (Lagurus ovatus)

Also called the bunny’s tail grass, the name comes from the feathery cream to white flower spikes that make excellent cut flowers too. It is an extremely hardy annual grass variety that can grow in all soil types from sandy to moist, well-drained soils. It has excellent drought tolerance and can be grown in almost any hardiness zone, outside of its range.

Height: 1-2 feet

Width: Up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 8-11

Varieties:
9. ‘Little Kitten’ Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Kitten’)

It can grow in various types of soil, from light sandy to heavy clay and loam soils. Extremely tolerant of drought, heat, and shaded conditions once established. Each thin grass blade has a narrow white border that lends a silvery color to the neat fountain-shaped foliage. The leaves turn golden or bronze in winter. Silvery pink-white flowers appear in late summer.

Height: 2-3 feet

Width: 1-2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 5-9

Varieties: None
10. Prairie Dropseed

A striking low-growing ornamental grass, growing compact mounds of delicate bushy foliage that looks pretty when swaying with the wind. Clusters of tiny yellowish or brown mildly fragrant flowers appear in spring. The foliage turns a vivid shade of bronze or gold in the fall. Deer-resistant perennial grass variety, it can tolerate dry conditions, as well as snow, staying erect and attractive even during winter.

Height: 2-3 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 3-9

Varieties: Dwarf Prairie Dropseed
11. Little Bluestem

Capable of growing in both acid and alkaline soils, this fast-growing perennial grass is a good option for beginners. The erect blue-green foliage turns a pretty rust shade in winter. Can survive in partial shade but too little sunlight, and too much water can make the foliage droop.

Height: Up to 3 feet

Width: 1.5-2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 3-9

Varieties: ‘Carousel’ Little Bluestem, ‘The Blues’ Little Bluestem
12. Tufted Hairgrass ‘Northern Lights’ (Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Northern Lights’)

A cool-season grass grows attractive variegated grey-golden foliage that has a tint of pink or purple in fall. Average care and watering needs. An excellent choice for borders, groundcover, and rock gardens.

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Height: 1-3 feet

Width: Up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Filtered sun to light shade

USDA Zone: 4-9

Varieties: None
13. Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima)

The first thing to keep in mind about this one is that despite its popularity as a gardening grass, it is highly invasive. So, make sure to plant it only if you can control its growth. Can grow in almost any type of soil, needing little care. Draught-tolerant once established.

Height: 1-3 feet

Width: Up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun

USDA Zone: 7-11

Varieties: ‘Pony Tails’ Mexican Feather Grass
14. Japanese Forest Grass

A semi-evergreen perennial ornamental grass variety, it grows thick tufted foliage with relatively broad leaf blades. Grows best in moist soils, needing no special care once established. A good option for waterside gardens. It does well in containers as well.

Height: 1-3 feet

Width: Up to 3 feet

Sunlight: Full sun to shade

USDA Zone:

Varieties: Japanese Forest Grass ‘All Gold’, ‘Aureola’, ‘Albo Striata’
15. New Zealand Hair Sedge (Carex comans ‘Frosted Curls’)

Short mound-forming grass with thin wispy olive green blades with silver tips with the foliage turning bronze-brown in winter. Looks best as borders to rock gardens or along water edges. It does well with weekly or more frequent watering to keep the soil moist. Best when planted along with iris and hosta plants.

Height: 1-2 feet

Width: Up to 2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun to full shade

USDA Zone: 6-10

Varieties: None
16. Variegated Japanese Sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’)

One of the popular Japanese sage varieties with variegated foliage, it grows best in fertile wet soil with regular watering to keep the soil moist. Can stay evergreen in humid regions of Southern US, but not in the colder Northern areas. Suitable as a companion plant to dogwoods, bee balms, and forsythia.

Height: 1-2 feet

Width: 1-2 feet

Sunlight: Full sun to full shade

USDA Zone: 5-9

Varieties: None

The care requirements usually vary depending on what grass you have, but there are a few common factors. Most of these turn brown or bronze in winter, and while it renders a striking appearance, you need to cut these dry stems back to about 2 inches at the end of winter to allow new growth next season. Evergreen grasses just need trimming once every 1-2 years to keep them in shape. Most of these also need to be divided, or they may start dying in the middle.

Check with the nursery to make sure you are not getting some weedy species, as there are some popular ornamental grasses can be more or less invasive.

by gMandy | Updated : October 14, 2019

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    FAQs

    Which ornamental grass grows tallest? ›

    Ravenna grass, (often referred to as 'Pampas grass' even though it's technically a different variety) is one of the tallest ornamental grasses – the plumes can sometimes best ten feet in the garden.

    What is the shortest ornamental grass? ›

    Below are some popular types of ornamental grass that stay small and make great additions to the landscape: Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon spp.): This 4 to 6 inch (10-15 cm.) plant is bright green with blue flowers in the summer. Dwarf mondo grass does well in full sun or partially shaded areas.

    What are the tallest growing grasses? ›

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    The various species are hardy from USDA zones 5 and 6 through 10 and 11 and grow best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil and full sun.

    Do ornamental grasses prefer sun or shade? ›

    While most ornamental grasses prefer and do best in full sun locations, there are a number of grasses and grass-like plants that will provide interest to shaded areas n the garden.

    What happens if you don't Cut back ornamental grasses? ›

    What Happens If You Don't Cut Back the Ornamental Grasses? As mentioned above, you will find that the green is starting to grow through the brown. One problem that will create is that the brown will start creating seeds. Once grass has created seeds, there is a very good chance that the grass will die out.

    What ornamental grass comes back every year? ›

    Perennial ornamental grasses are an incredible addition to your landscaping for many reasons. They provide visual interest, many grow large and can fill empty spaces, and they return year after year. Perennial ornamental grasses include Miscanthus, Pink Muhly Grass, and Pampas Grass, just to name a few.

    Is there a dwarf fountain grass? ›

    Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of white flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall.

    Can you keep ornamental grass small? ›

    Prune the Roots

    Dig out sections of roots to root prune ornamental grasses. Jab the point of the shovel around the perimeter of the crown of the grass and remove as much as you want to keep the grass in check. Regular pruning will keep ornamental grasses from taking up too much space, but only for three to five years.

    What is the fastest growing ornamental grass? ›

    Giant Reed

    This fast-growing ornamental grass can reach heights between 14 and 20 feet. It is often used as a background planting, and is known for its large green stalks with accompanying white stripes. This grass spreads rapidly and can easily become invasive in some regions.

    Which is the tallest perennial grass? ›

    Bamboo is the tallest perennial grass. It can be used in many ways.

    What plant looks like tall grass? ›

    Hardy Pampas Grass (Erianthus ravennae)

    Gray green leaves form clumps that grow to 5 feet tall. In late summer, silvery flower spikes appear and add another 3 to 6 feet to the clump, bringing the final height to 8 to 12 feet.

    What is the name of tall grass that grows near water? ›

    Horsetails, or scouring rushes, are hollow types of tall marsh grasses that resemble long, green straws. Different varieties of horsetails can reach between two feet to five feet tall. They are ancient, seedless plants of the division Pteridophyta, and they grow well around bodies of water or within marshes.

    How long do ornamental grasses live? ›

    Most ornamental grasses are perennials, living for two or more years. Annual grasses live for only one growing season because of their natural growth habit or they are not hardy in our climate. Grasses have growth habits that are either clumping or spreading.

    What is the best fertilizer for ornamental grasses? ›

    Best Fertilizer For Ornamental Grass

    You can add compost each year around the base of the plant, especially one grown in a container. If you want to fertilize ornamental grass, use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer like Osmocote 14-14-14.

    Where is the best place to plant ornamental grasses? ›

    Most ornamental grasses grow best in full sun, but a few varieties can tolerate (or even like) a bit of shade. Japanese forest grass, for example, is the top ornamental grass choice for shady areas and is easy to find at most garden centers.

    How do you winterize ornamental grass? ›

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    Should you cut down ornamental grasses in the fall? ›

    Some people prefer to cut these grasses back in the fall, as they don't care for the floppy look throughout the winter, but the foliage actually helps to insulate the crown of the plant. Thus, we recommend you wait until late winter or very early spring to cut them down.

    Do ornamental grasses need to be cut back every year? ›

    Once established, ornamental grasses have few needs. “The big thing with grasses is cutting them back once a year and dividing them once every four or five years,” Dori says. Most gardeners leave their native grasses in place for winter interest and to provide food for birds.

    Which ornamental grasses dont spread? ›

    Non-invasive Clumping Grasses
    • Wavy hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa, Zones 2 to 7)
    • Tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa, Zones 1 to 7)
    • Mexican feather grass (Nasella tenuissima, Stipa tenuissima, Zones 7 to 10)
    • Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium, Zones 4 to 7)
    • Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 3 to 9)
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    What is the best time to plant ornamental grasses? ›

    Ornamental grasses can be planted in the spring or the fall. The advantage of spring planting is to give the plants adequate time to develop a good root system before winter. Fall planting is often not as reliable without some additional precautions, particularly in years with early or severe winters.

    What is the smallest fountain grass? ›

    The Little Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass is the smallest of the fountain grasses. Its unique size helps it fit in just about anywhere. It has cream colored seed heads stick out on top of the green foliage giving it a sophisticated look. Its foliage turns golden in the fall.

    Is there a dwarf purple fountain grass? ›

    The Dwarf Purple Pennisetum (Fountain Grass) Plant is a smaller ornamental with a coarser leaf texture and chocolate-purple plums which eventually fade to light brown. It's ideal for mixed container gardens to add height and texture and for small beds and borders.

    How tall is Hameln dwarf fountain grass? ›

    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    24-36" tall x 18-30" wide. 'Hameln' is one of the best small Fountain Grasses, reaching only about three feet tall. This beauty is useful in full sun or partial shade.

    What is the smallest type of grass? ›

    Mibora minima (Early Sand-grass) is reputedly the world's smallest grass and until last Friday the only site in Scotland was in East Lothian. It is Nationally Rare and a remarkable addition to the Outer Hebridean flora.

    How big is dwarf maiden grass? ›

    Quickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide. Even though this is labeled a dwarf, this is still a big grass that needs space to look its best.

    Why does my ornamental grass fall over? ›

    The most common cause of ornamental grasses falling over is too much nitrogen in the soil. If you have a habit of fertilizing your ornamental plants on a regular basis, you'll be causing the problem you're trying to avoid.

    Which is the tallest and fastest growing grass? ›

    Bamboo is also from Gramineae family, it is a perennial plant of grass family with the height of up to 100 feet. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world.

    How far apart do you plant grasses? ›

    Spacing: Space ornamental grass 1 to 3 feet apart depending on the variety. If you want your grasses to form a solid wall of greenery, plant closer together. Spreading grasses will fill in faster than clumping type grasses, so they can be planted further apart.

    How do you pick ornamental grasses? ›

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    2. Pick grasses that are drought-tolerant so they're not sucking water more water than is needed.
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    What is the tall grass that looks like wheat? ›

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    Examples include Perennial ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Kentucky Bluegrass. They are all cool-season perennial types of grass that originated from Europe and North Asia.

    Which is the tallest and thickest type of grass? ›

    Bamboo is a perennial grass with woody stems that are divided into sections by joints called nodes. One of the fastest-growing plants on the planet, bamboo comes in over 1,000 varieties. Plants classified as giant bamboo are the thickest and tallest of the species.

    Are there any ornamental grasses that are evergreen? ›

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Japanese Sedge)

    Valuable for its stunning appeal, this highly decorative grass is one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for the garden, where it provides a lovely contrast with other plants, mulch or gravel. 'Evergold' is evergreen throughout most of its growing range.

    What does zebra grass look like? ›

    Zebra grass also has stunning variegated leaves with creamy golden stripes that cut horizontally across the otherwise green blades of grass. In early fall, more and more of a golden coloration creeps into the leaves. By late fall, the leaf color becomes more of a beige.

    What is the tall type of grass? ›

    Pampas grass can grow 10 feet tall in clumps that can reach 6 feet wide. In summer, seed plumes that can range in color from silvery white to pinkish white adorn the tops of these tall grasses. Some varieties of pampas grass feature variegated foliage.

    Is there a dwarf pampas grass? ›

    Dwarf Pampas Grass (Cortaderia Pumila) is one of our showiest ornamental grasses. It blooms in mid-summer with big, fluffy pure-white, sterile (non-seed producing) plumes.

    What type of grass likes a lot of water? ›

    1. Perennial Ryegrass. Perennial ryegrass is the best grass seed for wet soil because it is a cool season grass, which means that it grows best in cooler temperatures and does not go dormant in the winter. It can tolerate wet conditions as well as dry conditions.

    What is the tall grass in ponds called? ›

    Store / Pond Grasses, Rushes & Reeds. Pond grasses, rushes and reeds make great marginal plants because they add a vertical dimension to the pond. Taller varieties also make a nice accent along the back edge of the pond, providing a backdrop or visual barrier.

    What is the fastest growing plant for privacy? ›

    The number one fastest growing plant for privacy is Bamboo, particularly clumping bamboo. It quickly creates lush and exotic privacy screen. For best growth, bamboo requires full exposure to sun and regular water. It is not well suited for dry environment due to its heavy water needs.

    How tall does zebra grass get? ›

    'Zebrinus', known as zebra grass, is a clump-forming grass noted for its horizontally banded foliage. It typically grows in a substantial clump to 4-6' tall, but sends up flower stalks to 2' above the foliage, thus bringing the total height of the grass to 6-8' tall when in flower.

    What is the tall type of grass? ›

    Pampas grass can grow 10 feet tall in clumps that can reach 6 feet wide. In summer, seed plumes that can range in color from silvery white to pinkish white adorn the tops of these tall grasses. Some varieties of pampas grass feature variegated foliage.

    What is the tall variety of grass? ›

    Pampas grass is known for its large, showy flower plumes, which appear in late summer. 'Pumila' is a dwarf version that grows 4 to 6 feet tall and only 3 to 4 feet wide. Flower heads are still large and fluffy, though, perfect for dried arrangements. Pampas grass can be invasive in some areas.

    How can I make my backyard Private cheap? ›

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    7. Put Up a Simple Lattice Fence.
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    What plant makes a natural fence? ›

    Evergreen trees like cherry laurel or holly can offer year-round protection, she advises, noting that depending on your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone, other good year-round privacy plants include privet, arborvitae, boxwood and the Thuja Green Giant Hedge. One plant you should avoid, however, is bamboo.

    How tall are porcupine grass? ›

    Porcupine Grass can grow up to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide so give it some space to thrive at maturity. For a grass hedge, plant every 4 feet. Plant at least 6 feet apart on center for defined individual plants.

    What is the fastest growing ornamental grass? ›

    Giant Reed

    This fast-growing ornamental grass can reach heights between 14 and 20 feet. It is often used as a background planting, and is known for its large green stalks with accompanying white stripes. This grass spreads rapidly and can easily become invasive in some regions.

    How tall does Miscanthus grass get? ›

    Amongst the easiest ornamental grasses to grow, there is a Miscanthus variety for almost every garden use. While most Miscanthus make substantial specimens, several are much more compact and suitable for small gardens or pots, reaching only 3-4 ft. in height (90-120 cm).

    How do you identify ornamental grasses? ›

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    How can I tell what type of grass I have? ›

    Grass types vary in the width of their blades and whether blade tips are sharp-pointed, rounded or boat-shaped. The arrangement of grass leaves in new shoots, called vernation, may be V-shaped and folded or circular and rolled. Your grass's growth habit also provides grass I.D. clues.

    What is the name of tall grass that grows near water? ›

    Horsetails, or scouring rushes, are hollow types of tall marsh grasses that resemble long, green straws. Different varieties of horsetails can reach between two feet to five feet tall. They are ancient, seedless plants of the division Pteridophyta, and they grow well around bodies of water or within marshes.

    Which is the tallest perennial grass? ›

    Bamboo is the tallest perennial grass. It can be used in many ways.

    Which is the toughest and longest grass? ›

    The "toughest" grasses (considering only that characteristic) are the sports-turf grasses like common Bermuda, hybrid Bermuda or zoysia. These grasses have a trailing growth habit and handle heavy foot traffic better than cool-season grasses (like fescues).

    What is the tall grass that looks like wheat? ›

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