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One of the best landscaping plants for Iowa.
It provides heights from 8" to 8' and takes all conditions.
The full plumes or seed heads often last through the harsh winters providing interest and movement to the bare landscape.
Once established, grasses require little care.

There are two main seasons for grasses: Cool season and Warm season.
Cool season grasses are related to our common lawn grasses and grow in the late spring and early summer. All Calamagrotis are cool season grasses.

All other grasses are Warm season grasses and are related to Iowa prairie grasses.
Some do not emerge until June and bloom late summer and into the fall.



Acorus Oborozuki

Deer Resistant.
Sweet smelling, green and gold variegated foilage is great as a groundcover.
Not a true grass.
Also good in a container.


Variegatus (White-striped Japanese Sweet Flag): 6-12".
Green & white striped leaves.
Needs a moist location.
Sun to shade.

Carex Evergold

This versatile sedge for the shade works as a spiller in containers or landscapes.
Forms a clump of narrow, creamy yellow leave with dark green edges.
Spreads by rhizomes.
Easy to grow.

Gramineus Variegatus

(Dwarf Sweet Flag)
Blades are a good accent in wet or boggy areas.
Full sun to partial shade.

Andropogon Indian Warrior

Long lived bluestem turns from green to red then smoky purple mid-summer.
Deep purple flowers with red-orange pollen.

Andropogon Rain Dance

Stem; 4-5' in flower.
Red tip foliage on deeper green that turns maroon in the fall.
Red stems.

JUNCUS Effuses Spiralis

Corkscrew Rush
Soft densely tufted dark green foliage with strong spirals to 1 foot.
Likes moist conditions and can withstand bog areas or standing water up to 5 inches deep.
Zone 4.

Glauca 'Elijah Blue

Full sun, grows to about 12 inches tall with a spread of 18 inches.
Likes full sun and well drained soil.
The best and bluest of the blue fescues.

Hakone Aureola

The graceful form and beautiful variegation of this grass make it one of the most beloved plants of the shade garden.
Spectacular bright yellow and green leaves cascade gracefully all in the same direction.
Hakone Grass makes a superb specimen plant or choice selection for mass planting.
It is also ideal in combination planters.
Best growth occurs in partial to full shade in moist well drained soils rich in organic matter.
Hakonechloa slowly forms a clump ultimately 8 to 12 inches tall and up to 3 feet wide over time.
Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.

Hakone All Gold

Brilliant solid gold foliage that glows in the shade.
More uptight habit and good vigor. Spreads slowly by rhizomes but not invasive.

Juncus Big Twister

Deep green cylindrical foliage twirls in bold, upright spirals.


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December 9, 2017