Ornamental grasses, many of which are native to the Great Plains, serve an important role in the Nebraska landscape. There is no more sustainable plant than our recommended selections. Full sun is almost always the best, but some will tolerate part sun conditions. All plants need good moisture to get established, but once the deep root systems are in place they will thrive in the heat and drought we experience each season. Explore the vast variety of sizes, foliage color and growth habits to find a grass to enrich your landscape.
Grasses as Screens
A fast growing opportunity to screen out unwanted views or utilities can be planted with the larger ornamental grasses. The screen is lost with spring cleanup, but quickly grows back to provide visual separation.
Grasses in Borders
Garden designers include ornamental grasses in perennial borders to provide a season long contrast of form and texture. Colorful foliage that changes through the season, seedheads that stand through the winter, and typically upright foliage for the winter landscape are all useful qualities.
Grasses in Parking Lots
Parking lots can be pretty ugly, and challenging for plants to survive, many of our native grasses are up for the challenge.