Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ (Sweet Flag) is excellent for brightening the edges of ponds or water gardens. Rich golden yellow blades provide colorful accents, even in lightly shaded areas. Slowly naturalizes by spreading roots. Crushed foliage emits a delightful scent. Evergreen.  Growth habit is 10 in. tall x 4-6 in. wide.  Zone:  5-11

Acorus gramineus pusillus variegatus (Grassy-leaved sweet flag) or Sweet Flag, Golden Dwarf, variegated. It is native to wetland areas of China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. It is a semi-evergreen, marginal aquatic perennial that features a fragrant, golden grass-like tuft of narrow, linear leaf blades (1/4“wide) that fan outward to 6-12” tall. Tiny, insignificant, yellow-green flowers bloom from spring to early summer on lateral, sedge-like flower spikes to 2-4" long. Flowers give way to very tiny, reddish, fleshy berries. Tufts will slowly spread over time by rhizomes to form a dense ground cover with a height of .50 feet and width of .75 feet. Plants thrive in wet soils and are commonly grown in water gardens and boggy areas for foliage accent or ground cover purposes. Foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised (hence the common name of sweet flag).  Zone:  5-7

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (Feather Reed Grass) Overdam is a feather reed grass cultivar with a height of 2.5-3 feet and width of 1.5-2 feet.  It is noted for having variegated foliage featuring green leaves with creamy white margins.  It is further distinguished by having a more compact size and for its pinkish-green flowers in July to February.   Zone:  4-8

Carex caryophyllea ‘Beatlemania’ (Beatlemania Mop Head Sedge) grows into a colony of variegated green, mop-head-like foliage. This beautiful ground cover (6 in. tall x 10 in. wide) would look great on roof-top gardens or as an understory for dwarf conifers or Japanese maples. For the total grassy look, try this Carex with some of the tall Molinias (arundinacea). Zone:  5-9

Carex comans ‘Frosty Curls’ (Frosty Curls Sedge) has very narrow tufted leaves of silvery green shimmer with the slightest movement. Carex Frosted Curls looks delightful tumbling out of a container or over the edge of a retaining wall. Easy to grow, this semi-evergreen grass forms rounded clusters. Tender - not for northern gardens.  Growth habit is 12 in. tall x 14 in. wide.  Zone:  7-10.

Carex elata (Bowles Golden Sedge) is a dense, clump-forming sedge rising 1-2.5 ft. tall and 1-2.5 ft. wide, which is grown for its foliage effect. Grass-like, sharply keeled, dark green leaves with yellow stripes are up to 30" long. Commonly called tufted sedge. Insignificant flowers appear in May on inflorescences of spikes which are not showy but are noticeable and persist into July. Foliage promptly turns yellow after frost. Cultivars of this species are superior garden plants to the species.  'Aurea' has shimmering yellow leaves with dark green margins. It reflects its beautiful color on ponds and streams.  Zone:  5-9

Carex flacca ‘Blue Zinger’ (Blue Zinger Sedge) spreads to form a mat (8-16 in. X 12-24 in.) of bluish-green foliage. The plant can be used as a ground cover or in rock gardens. Best growth occurs in the sun but the plant will grow in shade.

Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' Bunny Blue (Bunny Blue Sedge) sometimes commonly called creeping sedge, is an evergreen sedge that is native to rich wooded areas in eastern North America. Non-showy, yellowish-white flowers bloom in May-June atop triangular flowering stems. ‘Hobb’ is a silvery blue-leaved cultivar that is commonly sold under the trade name of BUNNY BLUE. It typically grows in a dense rounded clump to 12 in. tall 1/ in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Carex obnupta ‘Slough Sedge’ (Slough Sedge) is a rapidly growing native green-leaf perennial that spreads by rhizomes. While it is reported to reach heights of 5’, it usually grows to about 2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. The flowering portion of the plant is elongated with tightly clustered flowers in summer on a central axis (or rachilla). These white flowers are partially hidden by scales (or bracts) that are purplish-black. Both male and female fruits are borne on the same plant. The male flowers are about 2” long and form at the top of the stem. They die quickly after blooming whereas the female flowers bloom for many months and continue to grow during this time. The female flowers can reach lengths of 4” and are situated lower down the stem than the males. After flowering each flower forms a small, dry fruit containing a solitary seed (also called an achene).  Zone:  5-8

Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’ (Everest Sedge) Adaptable to a variety of conditions, tuck 'Everest' into a border, living wall or mixed container for a four season display of tidy, mounding 12-18 in. tall and 12-18 in. wide foliage. Icy white margins frost the edges of deep green arching leaves.  Zone:  5-10

Carex oshimensis Evercolor® ‘Everlime’ (Everlime Sedge) forms a low, gently arching clump of leathery, deep green leaves with lime green margins. Like C. ‘Evergold’ but with improved habit and vigor. Brownish flowers are insignificant. A choice plant for edging, or in the rock garden This is a well-behaved, non-spreading plant. Clumps may be divided in early spring. Tolerates dry shade with occasional watering. Evergreen. Growth habit is 12-18 in. tall x 12-18 in. wide.  Zone: 5-9

Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (Evergold Sedge) is a popular variegated cultivar that is ornamentally grown in part shade areas for its arching, ornamentally attractive foliage. Each leaf features a broad, creamy, yellowish-white center stripe bordered on each side by thin narrow dark green margins.  Growth habit is .75-1 ft. tall x 1-1.5 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ (Everillo Sedge) is a mounding fountain of lime green leaves turning to gold adds wonderful texture to the garden. Excellent deer resistant container or landscape specimen in beds, borders and woodland gardens. Evergreen.  Growth habit is 12-18 in. tall x 12-18 in. wide.  Zone: 5-9

Carex oshimensis ‘Gold Band’ (Gold Band Sedge) features narrow deep green leaves variegated with golden margins which gradually fade to white. Plants grow to 18” tall x 24 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Carex oshimensis ‘Ice Cream’ (Ice Cream Sedge) has a stark contrast of rich green and creamy-white margins on arching, spherical low mounds. Prefers full sun to light shade, and moist growing conditions.  Growth habit of 12 in. tall x 12 in. wide.  Zone:  6-9

Carex oshimensis ‘Ice Dance’ (Ice Dance Sedge) is a dense, spreading sedge rising to 12 in. tall x 24 in. wide which is grown for its foliage effect. Features grass-like, stiff leaves (1/2" wide to 12" long) which are dark green in the center with clean white borders. The moderate spreading habit of this sedge (most sedges are clump-forming) facilitates covering woodland areas with it. Brownish flowers in late spring are insignificant. This sedge is evergreen in the South, maintaining a good appearance in both summer and winter.  Zone:  5-9

Carex phyllocephala ‘Spark Plug’ (Spark Plug Sedge) has tight clumps of short, spiky foliage brighten the shade garden year-round. Leaves are mid-green with creamy-yellow margins. A dwarf form (13 in. tall and 9 in. wide) of 'Sparkler'. Makes a great edger or accent!  Zone:  5-10

Carex testacea (Orange New Zealand Sedge) has finely textured, bronze-green leaves age to electric orange in the cool season. The elegant, arching, mounding form is a beautiful garden accent, ideal for containers, massing in borders or spilling over rocks. Deer and rabbit resistant.  Growth habit is 18-24 in. tall x 18-24 in. wide.  Zone:  6-10

Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila’ (Pampas Grass) is one of the most popular of the ornamental grasses. This is a tough, large grass 8-12 ft. x 4-6 ft. that forms dense, substantial clumps (tussocks) featuring arching, serrulate, narrow dark green leaves that are topped in fall by huge, feathery, silvery white plumes. It was first introduced into the U. S. in 1848, and for many years now has been grown as an ornamental plant in certain southern and western parts of the U.S. It has also been grown commercially for harvest of its large flower plumes for use in dried arrangements. Leaf blades are extremely sharp (easily cut human skin) and may reach 6-8’ in length. Flower plumes (1-3’ long) may rise to 10-12’ tall on erect stems. Silvery white plumes (sometimes with traces of pink) are more impressive on female plants than on male plants.  Zone:  8-10

Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass) is a clump-forming, cool season grass which is often grown as an ornamental. It typically forms a low, dense tussock 2-3 ft." tall x 1-2 ft. wide of very thin (1/5" wide), arching, flat to rolled, dark green grass blades (to 2' long). Numerous flower stems rise in summer from the foliage mound to a height of 3' bearing wide, airy panicles (to 20" long) of tiny, variably-colored flowers (gold, silver, purple and green) in summer form a cloud over the dark green foliage that is particularly attractive when backlit. Flower panicles turn yellowish-tan after bloom as the seed ripens and may remain attractive through much of the winter. One of the few ornamental grasses that grows well in shade.  Zone:  4-9

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights' (Tufted Hair Grass) is a clump-forming, variegated cultivar that forms a dense tussock to 16" tall of thin, slightly arching, tapered blades (to 1/4" wide) which are variegated with gray and gold streaks. As the summer progresses, blades mature to gold with pinkish tips. Flower stems rise from the foliage to a height of 3' in early summer bearing wide, airy panicles (to 20" long) of tiny variably-colored flowers (gold, silver, purple and green) which form a cloud over the foliage that is particularly attractive when backlit.  Growth habit of 1-3 ft. tall x 1-3 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Eragrostis ‘China Love’ (Chinese Love Grass) is a dense mounded grass 1-2 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide with a handsome compact foliage. The beautiful, pinkish-red, airy flowers, from summer to fall, form a dense, cloud-like appearance over clumping, dwarf medium green to red foliage. Hardy 0F.  Zone: 6

Festuca glauca ‘Boulder Blue’ (Boulder Blue Fescue) has deep metallic blue foliage forms a neat, compact mound and is striking massed as a groundcover or a low border. Evergreen.  Growth habit is 8 in. tall x 8 in. wide.  Zone:  4-9

Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue) is a short-lived, low-growing, semi-evergreen, clump-forming ornamental grass noted for its glaucous, finely-textured, blue-gray foliage. Foliage forms a dome-shaped, porcupine-like tuft of erect to arching, needle-like blades. Growth habit is 1 ft. tall to 1.5 ft. wide. Light green flowers with a purple tinge appear in terminal panicles atop stems rising above the foliage in late spring to early summer, but inflorescences are not very showy. Flowers give way to buffy seed heads which some gardeners find attractive but others find detractive to both the symmetry of the plant and the foliage color. Synonymous with Festuca ovina var. glauca and Festuca ovina 'Glauca'.  Zone:  4-8

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Elijah Blue Fescue) is one of the best of the blue fescues. Synonymous with Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue' and Festuca ovina var. glauca 'Elijah Blue'.  Growth habit is up to 1 ft. tall x .75 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-8

Festuca glauca ‘Golden Toupee’ (Golden Toupee Fescue) has bright chartreuse leaves as opposed to the usual blue-gray of the species.  Growth habit is .75 ft. tall x 1 ft. wide.  Zone:  4-7

Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue' (Siskiyou Blue Fescue) A long living cool season bunch grass with tight clumps of narrow chalky-blue foliage 12 to 18 inches tall by 1-2 ft. wide with wheat colored flowers stalks rising straight up about 6 inches above the chalky-blue foliage in late spring into early summer. Plant in full sun to light shade in most regular to barren well-drained soils with regular, occasional to infrequent irrigation.  Resistant to deer predation. This is an elegant looking fescue with leaves that are longer than the typical European fescues for a softer more graceful look.  Zone: 4                                                                   

Hakonechloa macra ‘Albostriata’ (Japanese Forest Grass) is one of the most gorgeous of ornamental grasses, also one of the few that prefers shady sites. It forms a low mound of arching stems, with cascading layers of narrow leaves striped with green and creamy-white. The graceful effect is like a dwarf bamboo. Tiny green flowers are hidden among the leaves. Clumps are slow to grow, but eventually makes a spectacular edging. Combines beautifully with Hostas or ferns, since all have similar requirements. Mature clumps may be divided in early spring, but be sure to make the divisions large for best success. Needs moist soil. Not invasive in the least.  Growth habit is 12-18 in. tall x 12-23 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass, All Gold) is a graceful, colorful groundcover for shady areas. Slender stems hold bright golden-yellow foliage having the effect of a tiny bamboo. Excellent color and texture for mixed borders, containers and mass plantings. Naturalizes well; clumps spread gently by rhizomes. Herbaceous perennial.  Growth habit is 18 in. tall x 18 in. wide. Zone:  4-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese Forest Grass, Aureola) is a golden-striped form of Hakone grass. It is a rhizomatous, deciduous perennial grass that typically grows in dense spreading clumps to and features gracefully arching green leaves variegated with gold longitudinal striping. Yellow-green flowers appear in loose, nodding panicles in mid-summer. Species plants reportedly have better winter hardiness and perform better in full sun exposures than ‘Areola’. Growth habit is 1.5 ft. tall x 1.5 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni Kaze’ (Japanese Forest Grass ‘Beni Kaze) slowly matures into a soft flowing mound. The thin rich green blades will start to develop red on the tips in late summer and gradually gain richer red through the fall. In full fall color this grass is a bright blend of deep red, burnt orange and deep gold. The billowy form moves with the slightest breeze and is a great for adding movement to the garden.  Growth habit is 1 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide. Zone:  6-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘Fubuki’ (Japanese Forest Grass, Fubuki) is a variegated cultivar that features green and white striped leaves. It typically grows to 14 in. tall and will spread over time to 18 in. wide. Leaves acquire attractive orange to bronze tones in fall before dying to the ground in winter. Yellow-green flowers bloom in loose, nodding panicles (to 6" long) in mid- to late summer. Flowers have a delicate beauty on close inspection, but are not particularly showy from a distance.  Zone:  5-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘Naomi’ (Japanese Forest Grass, Naomi) apart from other varieties. Green and creamy yellow striped leaves in late summer become flushed with plum in cooler autumn weather. Make use of its arching habit 12-18 in. tall x 12-18 in. wide by planting this where it can cascade over walls, rocks or even the edge of containers. A well-behaved slow grower that will not overtake its neighbors.  Zone:  5-9

Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’ (Japanese Forest Grass, Nicolas) is a dwarf variety boasts lustrous green leaf blades with burgundy staining, is a notable standout. The pigment variegation of this plant presents early in the season and intensifies to a vibrant reddish orange for a gorgeous late-season show. Because large varieties can sometimes swallow their perennial pairings and smother the lower foliage of shrubs, a dwarf cultivar, like ‘Nicolas’, offers a significant design benefit.  Growth habit is 8-16 in. tall x 8-16 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’ (Japanese Blood Grass, Red Baron) An unusual and dramatic grass, slowly forming a low clump. Leaves are green at the base, with red tips that become more intense over the summer and fall until they appear to glow. Effective as an edging, in the rock garden, and especially when mass planted. Although this prefers moist soil, plants require good drainage, especially in winter. Remove any all-green shoots if they appear. Clumps may be easily divided in the spring. Seldom flowers.  Growth habit is 18-20 in. tall x 12-18 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Liriope Evergreen Giant (Evergreen Giant Lily Turf) has lush, dark green foliage is excellent for edging and borders in sometimes brightly shaded areas. Small white flowers among the foliage are followed by metallic violet-blue fruit. Evergreen perennial.  Growth habit is 2-3 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide.  Zone: 5-11

Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’ (Big Blue Lily Turf) typically grows 12-18" tall x 24 in. wide.  (sometimes to 2') and features lavender flowers.  Zone:  5-10

Liriope muscari ‘Royal Purple’ (Royal Purple Lily Turf) is most noted for its attractive grass-like foliage and deep purple flowers in August to September. Growth habit is .75-1.5 ft. tall x .75-1.5 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-10

Liriope muscari ‘Silvery Sunproof’ (Silvery Sunproof Lily Turf) has bold striped foliage and flower spikes of soft lilac highlight this evergreen perennial. Fuss-free and adaptable, resistant to insects and disease, and tolerant of heat and humidity when established. Takes sun in cool summer climates; part sun to shade anywhere. Excellent as groundcover, edging a walk or a filler in a tub planting.  Growth habit is 15-18 in. tall x 15-18 in. wide.  Zone: 6-11

Liriope muscari ‘Super Blue’ (Super Blue Lily Turf) is a tall, large-flowered cultivar is slightly more vigorous than the similar 'Big Blue.' Big blue lilyturf is a grass-like evergreen perennial originating from the forests of eastern Asia. Its dark green leaves are long and narrow and grow in lax, fountain-like, fast-spreading clumps. It has spikes of soft violet-blue flowers that appear in late summer. The blooms of 'Super Blue' are taller and showier than most. Growth habit is 18-20 in. tall x 18-28 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Lily Turf) features medium green leaves which are variegated with creamy yellow margins.  Growth habit is 12-18 in. tall x 1-2 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-10

Liriope spicata (Creeping Liriope) is a rhizomatous, grass-like perennial which forms a clump of narrow, arching, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1/4" wide) typically growing 9-15 in. tall x 1-2 ft. wide. Erect flower spikes with pale lavender to white flowers arise, somewhat hidden, among the leaves in late summer. Flowers often give way to blackish berries in fall.  Zone:  4-10

Luzula campestris 'Ruby Stiletto' (Woodrush) is a versatile compact mounding plant with rough dark green leaves that become a beautiful bronze red in cooler months. Short flower spikes in spring. Evergreen variety.  Growth habit is 6-12 in. tall x 12 in. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Zebra’ (Eulalia) is a clump-forming grass noted for its horizontally banded foliage. ‘Little Zebra’, sometimes commonly called dwarf zebra grass, is a compact cultivar that typically grows in a clump to 3-4 ft. tall and to 2-3 ft. wide. It is noted for its compact size, upright form, horizontally-banded foliage and wine-purple flower plumes. Leaf blades feature, at irregular intervals, distinctive horizontal yellow bands (to 1” in height) that retain good coloration throughout the growing season. Flowers appear in corymbose panicles of 10-13 racemes (each to 6” long) above the foliage in late summer. Tiny flowers emerge gray-purple with the plumes having an overall wine-purple coloration. As seeds begin to form, the flower/seed plumes fade to creamy tan, often providing some winter interest. Foliage fades to tan after frost.  Zone: 5-9

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silver Grass’ (Japanese Silver Grass) is a boon in any garden where fine texture, a gentle color scheme, and a bit of swaying in the wind are welcome. This grass can be used as a focal point, an anchor plant, or even as a privacy screen.  Growth habit is 6-10 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide.  Silvery pink flowers in late summer to fall.  Green foliage with white band, rich gold in the fall.  Zone:  6-9.  

Nassella tenuissima ‘Stipa’ (Silky Thread Grass, Mexican Feather Grass) brings grace to any spot where it's planted. It blooms from late spring into late summer with plumes of silky creamy white flowers that sway back and forth in the slightest breeze. Grow readily in most any soil with full to partial sun. Re-seeds itself readily.  Bright green foliage is an upright, mound form.  Growth habit is 18 in. tall x 12 in. wide.  Zone:  5-10.

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black Mondo Grass) is a cultivar which is noted for its purplish-black leaves, bell-shaped pink flowers and globular bluish-black berries. Unusual foliage gives rise to additional common names of black mondo grass and black lilyturf for this cultivar. Somewhat suggestive of liriope, this is a stemless plant which features slowly spreading clumps of narrow, linear, grass-like, basal leaves (to 1/4" wide) typically rising 6-9 ft. tall. Foliage is a very dark purple and in many light situations appears black. Racemes of bell-shaped, light pink flowers appear on dark stems rising slightly above to slightly below the foliage in summer, providing excellent contrast with the dark leaves. Flowers are followed by glossy dark purple berries.  Growth habit is 1 ft. tall x 1 ft. wide.  Zone:  6-9

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ (Dwarf Fountain Grass) features arching, deep green foliage in an upright clump typically growing to 24" tall. Leaves change to orange-bronze in fall and eventually to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter. Showy, silvery to pinkish-white, wheat-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain. Flower spikes turn brownish as the seed forms, and spikes persist until late fall or early winter before shattering. 'Hameln' is like the species, except the flower spikes of this cultivar are shorter and the plants are more compact.  Growth habit is 1.5-2.5 ft. tall x 1.5-2.5 ft. wide.  Zone:  5-9

Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass) ‘Rubrum’, is a burgundy-red leaved cultivar that is not invasive under any circumstances because, unlike the species, it rarely sets seed. Showy, fluffy, burgundy-purple flowers in bottlebrush-like spikes (to 12” long) top flower stalks that arch upward and outward above the burgundy-red foliage clump in summer.  Growth habit is 3-5 ft. tall x 2-4 ft. wide.  Zone: 9-10