An Overview of Ornamental Grasses
Grasses, sedges, rushes, and bamboos are diverse species of plants becoming increasingly popular in the landscape. They are attractive, adaptable plants ranging in size from a few inches to over twelve feet. This group is equally diverse in habitat, varying from low ground cover selections to upright masses with long arching foliage. Some are clump-forming and others are colonizing spreaders. They can be used as accents with multi-seasonal appeal, as supportive companion plants in mixed borders, or in naturalizing expansive areas. Their dense crowns and fibrous roots function in soil stabilization, erosion control, and filtering sediments from stormwater. This group of plants is versatile, attractive in multiple seasons, and is a beneficial contributor to environmental quality.