Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
These clump-forming grasses produce large, open, airy inflorescences that can add lightness and motion to the garden. The genus has undergone much revision by botanists, and some of its former members are now known by other names; see Nassella for descriptions of California native needle grasses and the highly ornamental Mexican feather grass.
Native to Spain, Portugal, Morocco. Narrow, arching, evergreen leaves form a clump 2 to 3 ft. tall and slightly wider. Open, airy sheaves of yellowish flowers bloom in summer, forming a broad, shimmering cloud that rises 6 ft. tall and as wide or slightly wider. Little to moderate water.Stipa lessingiana
Native to Turkey, Caucasus, Siberia, China. This grass grows 30 in. tall, 20 in. wide. Open, airy sheaves of creamy flowers bloom in early summer, last into winter.
All squills have bell-shaped or starlike flowers that come on leafless stems that rise from modest clu...
Native near Pacific coast, Japan to northwestern U.S. Grows 9 to 18 in. high, with whorls of leaves ar...
To 4–10 in. high, 8 in. wide. Leaves similar to those of polyanthus primrose. Evergreen in milder clim...