Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, and water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale groundcovers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short-lived in gardens so are used as annuals.Carex flacca
From Europe. Many forms of this creeper are in cultivation, ranging from 6 in. to 2 ft. high and wide; foliage may be blue or green. Plant is evergreen only in mildest climates. Not invasive but spreads slowly and can be clipped like a lawn. Endures light foot traffic, moderate shade, competition from tree roots. Tolerates many soils and irrigation schemes; does best with moderate water.
Native to the Eastern United States. Fast growth to 60–80 ft., eventually spreading to 40 ft. wi...
From New Zealand. Dense, fine-textured clumps reach 1–1 1/2 ft. high. Narrow, silvery green leav...
From New Zealand. Grows to 3 ft. tall, 2–2 1/2 ft. wide. Curly-tipped, erect blades form a clump...