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Japanese Forest Grass: This low-growing, mounding plant has bright yellow, green-striped leaves, making them perfect for brightening shady spots in gardens. From late summer to midautumn, it bears needlelike, pale green spikelets. Size: 14 inches tall, 16 inches wide Conditions: partial shade and well-drained soil Zones: 5-9 Best for: adding bright color to shade gardens


Love the lime and purple combo. Too bad Japanese Forest Grass (Zone 5) doesn't grow very well in my Zone 3 garden. It's alive and healthy, but has only grown to be about 8" in diameter...

from Better Homes and Gardens

The Best Perennials for Your Yard

2009: Japanese Forestgrass Here's the perfect plant to brighten shady spots in your yard. Japanese forestgrass bears screamingly chartreuse foliage in a gracefully arching mound that looks good from spring to fall. Name: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' Size: To 14 inches tall and 16 inches wide Zones: 5-9 Plant it with: Red astilbe, golden corydalis, purple-leaf bugbane, or gold-leaf hosta


Elijah Blue.This decorative ornamental grass is a favorite for edging and rock gardens. It's blue color and compact size will add accent to your landscape and gardens throughout the summer. Reaching only 10" high at maturity and 1' wide, Elijah Blue is often used as a ground cover. Does best when planted in a dry soil with good drainage and a sunny to light shade area. Shipped in pots. Shipped in spring only. Zones 4-8.

from HGTV

Shade-Loving Container Plants

#Shade Gardening - perennial ornamental grass Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' forms a vivid mound of bright yellow leaves with a few slender, green stripes.


Dwarf Chinese Fountain Grass Seed heads appear July through September, open greenish-white, and turn a creamy tan. Considered deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. Will tolerate wind and salt spray. ZONES: 4-9 EXPOSURE: full sun, part shade HEIGHT: 20 - 30" SPREAD: 18 - 30" BLOOM TIME: mid-summer to late summer FLOWER COLOR: pinkish white SOIL/WATER REQUIREMENTS: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; well-drained soil


One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses, this will thrive in sun or shade, and glows shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name, Pheasant’s Tail Grass. It has a soft, arching habit, so plant it among shrubs for textural contrast, or in a mixed or herbaceous border.

from Midwest Living

Best Ornamental Grasses for Midwest Gardens

Ornamental Grass: Little bluestem is a native prairie grass that is both lovely and tough as nails. These perennials have gray-green foliage that turns bold s...