Grass

A    B    C    D    E    F    H    I    J    L    M    N    O    P    R    S    U    V
Photo unavailable JUNCUS effusus 'Quartz Creek'
Soft Rush (Ornamental Grass)

Perennial: Pest & disease free. Narrow, soft, round stems & vertical, upright divergent growth. Medium-green foliage turns yellowish brown after the 1st frost. Flowers are held at stem tips in early summer. Also good for pots & water settings. Tolerates deer, gopher, bog & clay. Height: 15-24". Exposue: sun/part shade. Water: moist. USDA Z4-11.

Photo unavailable JUNCUS inflexus 'Blue Arrows'
Blue Arrows Rush

Perennial: Deer, drought & gopher resistant. Narrow straight grey-blue leaves in stiff clumps, ideal for containers to provide structure. Goes perfectly beside a pool, pond, or stream where its reflection captures the mood of an aquatic paradise. Winter interest (regional), colorful/attractive foliage, heat tolerant, low maintenance, frost tolerant. Height: 36". Spread: 12". Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable JUNCUS patens
Common Rush, California Rush

Perennial: Evergreen ornamental grass with a stiff, erect habit. CA native. Deer, clay, bog and gopher resistant. The thin, upright reeds of striking blue-gray make a distinctive pond side, border or container plant. Great accent foliage. Produces yellow flowers. Height: 2 feet. Width: 2 feet. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moist. USDA Z6-9.

Photo unavailable JUNCUS patens 'Carman's Gray'
Blue or Gray Rush, California Gray Rush

Perennial: Evergreen ornamental grass with a stiff, upright habit. Deer and gopher resistant. Clay and bog tolerant. The thin, upright reeds of striking blue-gray make a distinctive pond side, border or container plant. Great accent foliage. Has insignificant brown flowers. Height: 1-2 feet. Width: 2 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moist. USDA Z6-9.

JUNCUS patens 'Elk Blue', Blue or Gray Rush, California Gray Rush JUNCUS patens 'Elk Blue'
Blue or Gray Rush, California Gray Rush

Perennial: Evergreen ornamental grass with a stiff, upright habit. CA native (Mendocino County). Deer & gopher resistant. Clay & bog tolerant. The thin, upright reeds of striking blue-gray make a distinctive pond side, border or pot plant. Great accent color. Has insignificant brown flowers. Ht: 1-2'. W: 1-2'. Exposure: sun or shade. Water: moist. USDA Z6-9.

Photo unavailable LEERSIA monandra
Bunch Cutgrass, Cut Rice Grass

Grass: Evergreen. Deer & drought tolerant. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Clump forming. Produces narrow culms of soft textured light lime green leaves. Spreads to form a broad, loose carpet in shade. Low maintenance, tough & easy to grow. Size: 1-2' x 1-2'. Bloom time: summer. Exposure: cool sun/part shade. Water: moderate/dry. Tolerates poor soil. Hardy to < 0 °F.

Photo unavailable LEYMUS triticoides 'Lagunita'
Lagunita Wild Rye, Creeping Wild Rye

Perennial: Evergreen. CA native. Drought & deer resistant. A low growing selection by John Greenlee. Discovered on a ranch near the Laguna River in Santa Cruz County. Mat-forming (rhizomatous) grass w/rich green lvs that thrive along creeks & seasonally wet soil. Good lawn substitute & great for erosion control. Seeds are often sterile, the plant primarily reproduces by underground runners. Ht: 12-18". Exp.: sun/pt shade. Z7.

Photo unavailable LIBERTIA peregrinans
New Zealand Iris

Perennial: A beautiful & sought after plant! The evergreen olive-green foliage is accented w/an orange stripe down the center. Good in borders & pots. Deer resistant. Blooms in late spring-summer with 1" pure white flowers. Spreads slowly by underground rhizomes. Size: 1-2' x 1'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Moderate water. USDA Z8-10.

Photo unavailable LIRIOPE muscari 'Big Blue'
Lilyturf

Perenial: Evergreen arching green foliage. Clumping growth habit. Good in rock gardens, edgings, borders & dry shade. Tolerates heat, deer, humidity & drought. Flower spikes resemble grape hyacinth. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: violet blue. Size: 8-18" x 12". Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moist to dry. USDA Z5-10.

Photo unavailable LIRIOPE muscari 'Silvery Sunproof'
Variegated Lilyturf

Perennial: Evergreen arching green & yellow foliage. Clumping growth habit. Good ground cover, rock garden, edge, border & dry shade plant. Tolerates heat, deer, humidity & drought. Flowers resemble grape hyacinth. Blooms: lavender in summer-fall. Size: 12-18" x 8-12". Sun/part shade. Water: moist to dry. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable LIRIOPE spicata 'Silver Dragon'

Perennial: Evergreen arching silver & white foliage. Clumping growth habit. Good ground cover, rock garden, edge, border & dry shade plant. Tolerates heat, deer, humidity & drought. Flowers resemble grape hyacinth. Has black berries in fall. Blooms: lilac in summer-fall. Ht: 18". Sun/part shade. Water: moist to dry. USDA Z5. (syn. L. muscari 'Silver Dragon')

LOMANDRA confertifoloia spp. rubiginosa 'Seascape', LOMANDRA confertifoloia spp. rubiginosa 'Seascape'

Perennial: A non-invasive and easy to maintain grass with fine long blue-gray foliage and a clump-forming habit. During summer it produces highly fragrant small yellow blooms. Mass plantings give a wonderful seaside Mediterranean feel. Once established it has a very low watering requirement. Extremely frost hardy. Height about 20". Spread: about 30". USDA Z8. PP#20,010.

Photo unavailable LOMANDRA hystrix 'Tropic Belle'

Perennial: A tufted hardy plant with arching strap like leaves and yellow flower spikes in Spring. Suited to moist soils ( Height then about 35") but can tolerate dry conditions ( Height then about 25") Width about 28" Tolerates both clay and sandy soils, windy and salt laden windy positions. Very phytophera resistant. Sun to part shade

LOMANDRA longifolia 'Breeze', LOMANDRA longifolia 'Breeze'

Perennial: A versatile ornamental grass-like plant ,yellow flower heads in spring. A great alternative for shrubs and ground covers. Excellent for mass commercial or highway plantings. Extremely drought tolerant when established. Performs well in sand or clay soils. Tolerates heavy frost and hot and/or humid conditions. Evergreen till about 15 degrees. Height: 2-3' Width: 2' Full sun to part shade PP #15,420

LOMANDRA longifolia 'Katrinus Deluxe', LOMANDRA longifolia 'Katrinus Deluxe'

Perennial: Evergreen. Deer resistant. Tough ornamental grass-like plant w/crmy ylw blms in spring. Great alternative to shrubs & ground covers. Excellent for commercial or highway plantings. Faster to establish than L. 'Breeze'. Extremely drought tolerant once established. Performs well in sand or clay soils. Tolerant of heavy frost & hot or humid conditions. Size 2-3' x 2-3'. Exp.: full sun/pt shade. USDA Z7. PP# 19,262.

Photo unavailable LOMANDRA longifolia 'Nyalla'
Photo unavailable LYGEUM spartum
False Esparto Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Drought tolerant. Naturally widespread throughout the Mediterranean. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. A spreading rhizomatous grass with vertically-inclined pale yellowish gray-green rush-like leaves. Distinctive showy flowers look like flecks of cotton. Useful in groups or as a spreading ground cover. Height: 2-3'. Blm time: summer-fall. Exp.: sun/light shade. Water: mod./dry. Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less.

Photo unavailable MELICA mutica
Two-flowered Melic

Perennial Grass: Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. Found primarily in open areas in woods. Blooms early June through late July. Tolerates dry or rocky soils. Excellent for attracting wildlife. The birds love to eat the dried seed heads.

Photo unavailable MELICA nitens
Three-flowered Melick Grass

Perennial Grass: Deciduous. Given to us by John Greenlee & part of the Greenlee Meadow Collection. A very graceful-looking, rhizomatous, cool-season grass that's clump-forming & slowly spreads. Carpets of thick blade-like bright green accompanied by cream feather-like flower spikes in late spring-summer. Despite its name, the grass has spikelets w/2-4 flowers each. Wonderful woodland grass. Ht: 3-5'. Exp.: part shade. Water: mod.

MILIUM effusum 'Aureum' (syn. 'Bowles Golden'), Wood Millet MILIUM effusum 'Aureum' (syn. 'Bowles Golden')
Wood Millet

Perennial Grass: One of the best grasses for part shade/shade. Tufting semi-evergreen foliage gently arches & fades in summer. Uses: woodland, rock & water gardens, borders, ground cover & with ferns & hostas. Blooms spring-summer w/dainty greenish yellow spikelets 12-18" above the 6-18" foliage. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Water: moist. USDA Z6-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Japanese Silver, Eulalia & Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump former with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous slender white-veined arching blades. In October summer green bleeds to showy almond winter color. Suitable border, cut flower, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: white & fan shaped. Size: 5-8' x 5-8'. Sun. Water: moderate to moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Morning Light'
Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Maiden Grass

Perennial Grass: Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Deciduous finely variegated pastel gray-green foliage. Suitable border, cut flower, rock garden, bog & coastal plant. Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: pink. Height: 3-6 feet. Exposure: sun/light shade. Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z4-10.

Photo unavailable MISCANTHUS transmorrisonensis
Eulalia Grass

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Drought and coast tolerant. Deer resistant. Clump forming grass with great fall interest. Good large ground cover, border and cut flower plant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms summer to late fall/winter. Bloom color: golden. Size: 3-4' x 3-4'+. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA capillaris
Hairy Awn Muhly, Pink Muhly Grass

Perennial: SW U.S. native. Very showy & versatile. Tolerates seasides, deer, hot climates, bog & soil from moist to dry, acidic to alkaline & sandy to marshy. Fire retardant. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: late summer w/reddish-purple airy, fluffy panicles that look like cotton candy. Cut back after flowering if desired. Growth: 3-4' x 3-4'. Sun/part shade. USDA Z5-11

Photo unavailable MUHLENBERGIA dubia
Pine Muhly

Perennial Grass: Evergreen. Deer resistant. Drought & heat tolerant. Attracts butterflies. A finely textured grass with cylindrical green blades. A clump former that is native to Texas, New Mexico & Mexico. Ht: 2-3'. W: 2'. The purplish gray flower spikes emerge in Aug-Nov and fade to cream with age and rise to 3.5'. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z7.

Pages

A    B    C    D    E    F    H    I    J    L    M    N    O    P    R    S    U    V