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Beautiful Warm Season Grasses

These grasses thrive in the heat of late summer

‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass. Photo: Jason Jorgensen

Ornamental grasses are a great addition to any type of garden. They can add an amazing amount of structure and layering that no garden should be without. They are also a beautiful foil to perennials and evergreen plants. Their foliage will often last all season long and sometimes well into the winter, depending on your personal gardening style and level of tidiness. Here are a few of my favorite grasses.

‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass
‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass. Photo: Jason Jorgensen.

‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Zones 5–9) is a very beautiful and tall warm-weather grass. It makes a great addition to a mixed border. It can also be used as a seasonal visual block or planted en masse. Since this is a prairie grass, it likes occasional deep summer watering that mimics summer rain showers. ‘Karl Foerster’ starts the season as a neat clump, and in early…

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