Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

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Big Bluestem

Wow, the color . . . the foliage starts a deep green with red highlights in the spring and increasingly gets redder as fall approaches. Once you get a frost the foliage turns candy-apple-red. The leaves are narrow with an upright habit. Native and is drought tolerant once established.

Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 60-72" tall x 36" wide
Bloom: Summer
Color: 
Hardiness: Zone 3
Patent: PP#26283
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

This showy ornamental grass has a vertical appearance. The dark green leaves form a compact clump. Upright flower spikes emerge in June, start off green, change to bronze and then fade to a golden buff in late fall. Prefers moist, rich soil in full sun.

Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 72" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Summer
Color: Red/Bronze
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex 'Blue Zinger'

Sedge

A dense ground cover with nice blue foliage that blocks weeds. Looks great with Japanese painted ferns or purple heucheras.

Exposure: Part Shade
Size: 10-15" tall x 12-24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'

Bowles Golden Sedge

This carex needs consistent moisture to thrive and will grow in shallow water. Taller than most other sedges and has bright gold foliage with thin green margins.

Exposure: Part Shade
Size: 24-36" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex morrowii 'Gold Band'

Goldband Japanese Sedge

Evergreen foliage forms a rigid clump with vertical bands of white and dark green. Colors are richer in the shade. Thrives in moist soil.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 12" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Ice Dance Sedge

Vigorous, shiny, upright foliage with bright variation. Can be used effectively as a ground cover. Semi-evergreen. Drought tolerant once established.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Size: 12" tall x 18" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

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Variegated Sedge

Creamy-yellow leaves with green margins. Very striking. Makes an excellent groundcover. Prefers dry to average soil once established.

Exposure:  Part Shade
Size: 12" tall x 18" wide
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Carex pensylvanica

Oak Sedge

This native forms soft clumps that make a great ground cover. It is drought tolerant and can be used in understory plantings of woodland gardens, lawns in shady areas or even in containers.

Exposure:  Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 8-10" tall x 12-18" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 4

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern Sea Oats

This ornamental grass is a great addition to the garden with its light green foliage. It is used in dried flower arrangements because the flowers rarely shatter. The lovely arching form is great for winter interest. Native.

Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Size: 30" tall x 18" wide
Bloom: Fall
Color: Red/Brown
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant, Cut Flower

Festuca ovina cinerea 'Elijah Blue'

Blue Fescue

This evergreen grass has powdery blue foliage that forms a dense, rounded mound. The flowers are wheat colored, slender stemmed spikelets. Perfect as an edging plant or in a rock garden. Grows best in full sun and well drained soil. A salt tolerant plant.

Exposure:  Full Sun
Size: 8" tall x 8" wide
Bloom: Fall
Color: Golden Yellow
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Japanese Variegated Forest Grass

This stunning grass has bright yellow leaves with thin green lines running through them. An excellent specimen plant, it is great for Japanese gardens. Combines nicely with blue hostas. Perennial Plant of the Year for 2009.

Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade
Size: 18" tall x 24" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Blue Oat Grass

The striking blue foliage on this mound forming grass does best in well drained soil. Excellent border specimen or rock garden plant. Drought tolerant.

Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 18-24" tall x 12" wide
Bloom: Summer
Color: Tan
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune'

Blue Dune Lyme Grass

A super tough plant that is very heat tolerant. Vigorous and stoloniferous with bright blue foliage. Likes average to dry conditions.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Size: 30" tall x 30" wide
Bloom: Insignificant
Hardiness: Zone 4
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Maiden Grass

This is a narrow leaved, graceful, upright grass with a vase-shaped habit. The coppery colored flowers appear in the fall and persist into winter. Perfectly suitable as a specimen plant or in groupings. Performs best in full sun.

Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 72" tall x 36" wide
Bloom: Fall
Color: Copper
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss'

Dwarf Maiden Grass

Excellent dwarf Miscanthus. The foliage emerges and turns red in spring with the centers staying green, giving a cool two tone effect. Forms a nice tight clump, easy to grow and drought tolerant once established.

Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 24-36" tall x 24-36" wide
Bloom: Late Summer - Early Fall
Hardiness: Zone 4
Patent: PPAF
Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Maiden Grass

Very attractive, narrow foliage is so finely variegated with white that it appears silver from a distance. Forms an upright, gracefully arching clump. Reddish bronze flowers usually start in October then dry to a fuzzy cream color.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Size: 60" tall x 36" wide
Bloom: Fall
Color: Red Brown/Cream
Hardiness: Zone 5
Characteristics: Deer Resistant