Native Grasses

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Native Grasses are excellent for restoration and attracting small animals.

Tn Nurseries Best Selling Native Grasses

1. Wild Rye Grass

2. Carex Pennsylvania

3. Switch Grass

4. Smooth Cord Grass

5. Indian Grass


Native Grass is an excellent way to fill out and beautify your landscape or use restoration plantings to restore an eroded habitat to its natural state. They're easy to maintain, provide rainfall-runoff protection, and become a natural habitat for local wildlife. To establish a standard for gardeners and growers, the USDA developed Plant Hardiness Zones across the United States, indicating the minimum winter temperatures for that region. Knowing your growing zone is critical, as it'll tell you what plants will be able to survive the winter and thrive into the next season.

Our plants thrive from Zone 3 (the northern US, chilling winters) to Zone 9 (southern US, warmest winters). To determine your exact grow zone, enter your ZIP code into our zone tracker and keep that number handy for any plants or grasses you purchase.

Native Grasses by Bloom Season

Depending on the Grass you choose to plant, it's essential to know their bloom season well in advance.

Spring Blooming Native Grasses

Most of our grasses, like most plants, bloom in the spring. When fully grown, most of these native summer grasses can stretch into lush green prairies or "seas of grass" that we often see gracefully rolling across the surrounding landscape. Our summer sedge grasses include Carex Appalachia (Appalachian Sedge), Carex Pennsylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge), Broome Sedge, Cherokee Sedge, Texas Sedge, Three Square Sedge, Palm Sedge, Tussock Sedge, and Mountain Sedge.

Apart from sedge, some other grasses you can plant for a spring bloom are Wool Grass, Indian Grass, Panicgrass, Blue Gama Grass, Barnyard Grass, Switch Grass, and Blue Joint Grass, Orchard Grass, Smooth Cord-Grass, and Soft Rush Grass. And for even more variety, native-growing grass plants that are also spring-blooming include Green Bulrush, Common Spikerush, Soft Stem Bulrush, Pennsylvania Smart Weed, River Oats, Riverbank Wild Rye, and Wild Rice.

For spring bloom, you can't go wrong with any of these native grasses -- they're easy to maintain, provide an excellent natural habitat for wildlife, and are essential for restoration planting in eroded areas.

Summer Blooming Native Grasses

A few native types of Grass bloom slightly past springtime and start to see growth spurts closer to the beginning of summer. Grasses that share spring and summer blooming seasons include Carex Appalachian (Appalachian Sedge), Carex Pennsylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge), Pennsylvania Smart Weed, and Three Square Sedge. Additionally, several native kinds of Grass begin their blooming season in the summer, including Sawgrass, Lizard's Tail, Square Stem Bulrush, Goldenrod Plant, Prairie Dropseed, and Reedgrass.

Fall Blooming Native types of Grasses

There are always a few late bloomers! Surprisingly, Three Square Sedge blooms from spring to fall, and the Goldenrod Plant extends its bloom from summer to fall. Only two of our late-blooming native grasses begin their bloom in the fall. These are the Andropogon Big Bluestem and Bushy Bluestem. Bloom Colors of Native Grasses - All types of Grass for your big project. You're in luck if you're looking for exotic species and lots of color from your grass plants! We carry grasses that bloom in four bright colors, excluding our typical green-colored grasses.

Yellow Blooming types of Grasses

Even though grasses aren't as brilliant as flowers, certain native grasses still carry a pop of color. The Goldenrod Plant (a perennial) is the way to go for the most brilliant yellow-colored bloom. Square Stem Bulrush and Three Square Sedge also bloom yellow, although it isn't a bright yellow like the Goldenrod Plant.

White Blooming types of Grasses

One of the most intriguing white blooming plants is Lizard's Tail. As the name suggests, the unique curvature of this perennial's white flowers resembles a reptilian tail. Although not as pronounced as Lizard's Tail, Bushy Bluestem is another white blooming native grass with a slight hint of white color in the fall.

Purple/Lavender Blooming Grasses

The Pennsylvania Smart Weed Plant blooms in a beautiful purple/lavender color, giving it a beautiful contrast against the green base color of the plant. For a pop of color, Pennsylvania Smart Weed doesn't disappoint!

Ideal Use-Cases for Native Grasses and all types of Grass we sell

Certain native grasses are best adapted for specific use cases, such as::

  • Border Plants
  • Flower Gardens and Flower Beds
  • Ponds and Water Gardens
  • Drought Regions, Drought-Tolerant
  • Flowering Plants and Perennials

Most of our grasses will grow perfectly well in a wetland regarding ponds and water gardens. For use in flower gardens and flower beds, we recommend Cherokee Sedge, Lizard's Tail, Goldenrod Plant, Tufted Hairgrass, Indian Grass, Panicgrass, Blue Gama Grass, Prairie Dropseed, Tussock Sedge, Mountain Sedge, and Reedgrass. These grasses look best in landscaping and plant bed settings.

Lizard's Tail and the Goldenrod Plant are best for their bright-colored flowers, and most of our sedge grasses, regular grasses, and bulrush grasses will survive drought conditions.

Purchase Grasses for Zone 6 from TN Nursery

Wetland Grass prefers moist, wet soils. The roots are hardy and can do best in wet, soggy soil. These plants tend to grow in bogs, rivers, lakebeds, and in places where water collects. Buy wetland grasses online at TN nursery. We are your one-stop nursery for all your wetland grasses. Wetland restoration is a popular landscaping choice throughout the United States. When choosing the types of wetland plants and grasses for your location, it is essential to understand the available soil, the amount of water your area receives, and, most importantly, how you want your landscape to look.

Native Grasses for Zone 6 grow in many different species.

Wetland grasses come in a variety of species and cultivars. Some reach heights up to 8 feet or taller, while others are low-lying and reach less than 12 inches. Grasses are soft-stalked and die back in colder climates, but their roots persist and help shelter small wetland creatures and prevent soil erosion. In the spring, these plants emerge. Wetland grasses add rich detail to pond, river, reservoir, and lake banks throughout the warm months. They also provide excellent cover and act as privacy screens for private areas.

Wetland grasses range in texture from airy and fragile Grass that blows in the breeze to firm greens that take on a clumping growth habit. Grasses that grow in clumps are highly desirable in landscapes because they can offset other plants and landscape features, such as willow trees or rocks. Combining large-scale landscape features with grasses adds to a site's diversity and brings eye-catching appeal and interest.

Grasses for Zone 6 act as buffers between zones

These stunning plants act as a buffer between different zones on the ecosystem level. Low-lying aquatic plants are one portion of a healthy ecosystem, as are shore-oriented shrubs. In between these zones is a need for healthy vegetation that prevents soil erosion and can withstand changes in water levels. Most wetland grasses can tolerate periods of drought without losing their visual appeal. These perennial grasses will return yearly, even if growing conditions vary.

A combination of wetland grass heights, textures, and flowering schedules will result in an exciting landscape that attracts birds and wildlife and is appreciated by human guests and visitors. 

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