Ornamental Grasses are a beautiful addition to a fall or winter landscape when the grasses wave in the breeze. I love the texture ornamental grasses bring to the yard in Florida. The bird friendly plants are also great for hiding trouble spots in your yard.
Growing ornamental grasses is also a bird-friendly thing to do. Many birds use the grasses for building their nests. Grow native ornamental grasses, which are bird friendly plants, whenever possible.
Here are a few of my favorite ornamental grasses, most of which are Florida native ornamental grasses.
No. 1: Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) grows to be four feet tall. It likes the full sun. A perennial, it’s ideal for coastal sites. Keep it dry.
No. 2: Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) grows to be about two feet tall. It can handle dry or moist soil as well as sun or part-shade so it’s a more flexible landscape ornamental grass. Beautiful reddish purple cloudlike flowers.
No. 3: Elliott’s Love Grass or Eragrostis elliottii grows to two feet and likes it dry or moist and sun or part shade. I love the look of Eliott’s Love Grass because of its masses of cloudlike, hazy flowers.
No. 4: Muhly Grass: Muhly grass or Muhlenbergia capillaris grows to three or four feet and likes average moisture and full sun. Muhly Grass is extremely pretty with pink flower spikes.
No. 5: Purple Top: The Purpletop or Tridens flavus grows to only two feet tall. It likes the sun and average or moist soil. It likes the full sun.
No. 6: Cordgrass Sand or Spartina bakeri grows to five feet tall. It likes the sun and moist or flooded soil. This ornamental grass can grow near the ocean since it tolerates salt spray. Grow this ornamental grass near freshwater only since it does not tolerate salt water.
No. 7: Cordgrass Saltmeadow or Spartina patens grows to about four feet tall. It likes moist or flooded soil. It likes the full sun.
No. 8: Fountain grass (Pennisetum) comes in a variety of colors such as white and purple and grows in zones 5-9. It grows best in full sun and only needs to be watered a lot when first becoming established.
Grow native ornamental grasses and other bird friendly plants near bird baths and fountains or in tight spots such as the area between the street and sidewalks. Enjoy the way the grasses move and feel good about helping birds create their nests.
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