Perhaps the most recognizable ornamental grasses reside in the Miscanthus genus, maybe because their flowers are similar. However, the way they show off flowers varies. Some hold blooms tight in the foliage (‘Yaku Jima’), and others tower on tall stalks (‘Purpurascens’).
Foliage also varies. The super-variegated ‘Gold Breeze’ with its yellow, horizontal stripes demands attention, while the elegant, gentle white lines on fine-textured ‘Morning Light’ speak more softly. Flame Grass foliage (‘Purpurascens’) turns blazing reds and oranges in fall. Other cultivars go straight to golden brown after first frost. Each cultivar’s distinctive qualities provide benefits to popular landscapes.
Dwarf varieties (3-4’) fit into small gardens, borders, and foregrounds and add a bit of whimsy with style. Larger varieties (7-12’) excel as specimens, backgrounds, and screens.
This abundance of cultivars makes it possible to find a Miscanthus suitable for many ornamental grass landscape projects. And they make stunning plants for decorative containers. Which plant to use? That depends on design, function, and, of course, personal preference. There's bound to be a cultivar that fits.