Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses are beautiful plants that add texture, softness, color, movement and even rustling sound to any garden.  Grasses provide great accents and contrast to flowers and shrubs in the spring and summer months and also provide interest to the fall and winter landscape when other plants have lost their leaves.  Most grasses are sold as container-grown plants in #1 and #5 sizes and are easy to grow and maintain.  At Fort Collins Nursery we have dozens of wonderful varieties to choose from including the following:


ShenandoahSwitchGrass_NLShenandoah Switch Grass

Prized for its unmatched foliage color. Fast growing green leaves emerge with red tips in spring, darkening through summer, and turning burgundy in fall. Airy reddish-pink flowers in summer. Use for mass background plantings or in containers.
Light: Partial to full sun.
Water: Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Size: Fast growing 4 ft. tall in bloom, and 2 to 3 ft. wide.

Light: Partial to full sun.

Water: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Size: Fast growing 4 ft. tall in bloom, and 2 to 3 ft. wide.


MorningLightMiscanthus_NLMorning Light Miscanthus

Description: Green blades have highlights of creamy-white margins and mid-veins creating a shimmering silvery appearance. Adds visual excitement wherever used. Accepts dry conditions.

Light: Partial to full sun.

Water: Best with regular watering – weekly or more often in extreme heat.


AvalancheFeatherReedGrass_NLAvalanche Feather Reed Grass

Description: Create stunning vertical effects with feathery stalks that emerge reddish-brown in spring, turn golden in fall. Stalks make attractive cut flowers. Foliage has white center and green margins. 

Light: Full sun.

Water: Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Size: Fast growing, 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide; flower stalks to 6 ft.

6 Responses to “Ornamental Grasses”

  1. Carrie Dubberley says:

    Is this the stunning vertical grass all over CSU?

    • jesse says:

      Not sure which grass mentioned in the article you’re referring to, plus there are quite a few different varieties of tall stunning grasses around CSU, so I’d be hard-pressed to tell you for sure. Fairly sure I’ve seen all there of these varieties over there at one time or another.

  2. JoAnn Pazur says:

    When is a good time to transplant ornamental grass

    • jesse says:

      Now is a great time – they’re done growing leaves for the season so they can put all their energy into roots for a strong start in the spring

  3. Allan Weaver says:

    I hope you can source Thin Man Indian Grass (Plant Select 2017) for next year. I have the perfect spot for it along a garden wall.

    • jesse says:

      We do too! It is a fantastic grass, but has been hard to find. Hopefully there is more propagation material available for next year’s crop.

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