Companion Planting with Ornamental Grasses


Combining Ornamental Grasses and Perennials

When you are at the farm we can show you how the grasses work with perennials and make recommendations that will add enjoyment and beauty to your garden.

Miscanthus AnemoneMiscanthus sinensis is a beautiful, graceful grass with tassle-like plumes and many cultivars ranging from 5’ to 10’ in height. Blooming in late summer, they add interest to your fall garden and also in dried arrangements indoors. Miscanthus prefer full sun and are tolerant of a wide range of moisture and soil conditions.

These graceful grasses make great backdrops for Rudbeckia, Achillea ‘Moonshine’ and Achillea ‘Anthea’, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’, Echinacea purpurea, Eupatorium, Heliopsis, and of course, daylilies.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberpfeil’ and Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ look great behind the sun tolerant Hosta ‘August Moon’. 

A much shorter, but equally eye-catching ornamental grass is Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass) which shows off Echinacea purpurea, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ or the red foliage of Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’. The shorter sedums such as Sedum cauticolum, Sedum seiboldii, and Sedum 'Vera Jameson' make a nice underplanting.

The “blue grass” of Festuca 'Elijah's Blue' combines well with the Artemisiacultivars, Lavendula, Nepeta, Perovskia (Russian Sage), and the fall blooming shrub, Caryopteris.

PENalopecuroidesHFor a stunning shade area, try Carex buchananii (Leatherleaf Sedge) underplanted with the lovely yellow Chrysogonum virginianum, variegated Vinca, pale yellow Crocus, and Hosta ‘Fire & Ice’.

If you like dried arrangements, tie cut grass plumes and foliage into a bundle with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and add some seed pods from Asclepias tuberosa, Iris siberica, Yucca, single Peony, oriental Poppy and Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily). Also try including the berries from Ilex verticillata, Callicarpa, and Nandina.