Grasses For Zone 8

Ornamental Grasses Make an Excellent Addition to Landscaping

There are few things that make a landscape ‘pop’ out of a person than beautiful ornamental grasses. Plants like the Purple Love Grass, the Pennsylvania Sedge, and the Appalachian Sedge Grass make optimal additions to any person wishing to add both texture and motion to their landscapes. Plus, these grasses tend to fair very well in most seasons, including winter, which keeps a landscape pleasing to the eye throughout the year.
Appalachian Sedge Grass
This particular type of ornamental grass is perfect for nearly any type of landscaping project. The Appalachian Sedge is an amazing addition to the land surrounding a pond, or even just in the lawn, and it keeps its beautiful foliage through every season. This plant can also do fairly well in drought conditions, though it is best to plant this grass in an area that drains well to see the best growth. This sedge is so adaptable that it will flourish in nearly any type of soil, with minimal management on the landscaper’s part. The recommended locations for the Appalachian Sedge, though it is adaptable to most environments, is in the full sunlight or partial shade with moist, well-draining soil. Better yet, slops and hills that suffer from soil erosion benefit greatly from this mounding ornamental grass, and those types of locations are usually well-drained and in the sunlight.
Pennsylvania Sedge Grass
The Pennsylvania Sedge, otherwise known as Carex Pennsylvania, will add another unique and wonderful texture to any landscape. Growing to a height of two feet, this sedge brings many opportunities to balance out their low, mounding, counterparts like the Appalachian Sedge. Also known to last throughout the year, this ornamental grass will ensure the landscape endures the harsh seasons of fall and winter, but it truly flourishes during spring and summer. The best place to plant this beautiful ornamental grass is in the full sunlight with moist to dry soil.
Purple Love Grass
This ‘purple love’ plant is also known as Eragrostis Spectabilis and is an ornamental grass that grows in dense tufts that range from around eight inches in height to eighteen inches. The marvelous aspect of 'Purple Love' Grass is its ability to take on a reddish-purple hue during late summer. Though, this plant is also hardy enough to outlast even the worst seasons and will continue to bring its unique texture to the landscape throughout the year. The recommended locations for this plant is in full sunlight with moist, but well-drained or sandy, soils.