If you only think of grass as something you mow, it’s time you discovered ornamental grasses.
The beauty of these denizens of decorative grasses like prairie, marsh, seashore, and forest lies in their graceful, fountainlike foliage and remarkable floral displays. They add beautiful texture and diversity to your landscaping and can easily create borders or even add a pop of color. While most decorative grasses fall in the green or brown families, the Gulf muhly looks like a firework of pink. Here’s the best news: As a group, ornamental grasses are easy to grow, free from pests, and simple to divide. What’s more, some decorative grasses, such as river oats, palm grass, and silver grass, readily self-sow—meaning they reproduce by dropping their own seeds. Get inspired by our favorite grasses for your southern landscaping.