Small Ornamental Grasses
I’ve never been a lawn person. Sure, I like how a lawn looks, how it frames a house or acts as a foil for a garden. But I’m not obsessed, as many people are, with a seamless green lawn. In fact, when I see fuzzy yellow dandelions or the shining dollar weed disks in my front yard, my first thought isn’t “off with their heads!” It’s more like “wow, how pretty.”
And while I won’t wax poetic about the perfect lawn, I do like the nice little carpets of ornamental grasses, especially the small fries such as mondo grass, liriope, and blue fescue that add textural color and ornamental flourish to small spaces.
In my travels last year, the charms of little grasses kept catching my attention. I was wandering through the amazing San Francisco Botanic Garden and I found myself enchanted with a textural island of dwarf lilyturf (Ophiopogon
I also spied the talents of small grasses in a street-side garden in Minneapolis. Swirling mounds of ‘Frosted Curls’ sedge (Carex
So, I guess I do like lawns after all…of ornamental grasses.
Here are more favorite ornamental grasses that grow about a foot or less tall.
Mondo grass grows 12 to 18 inches tall; dwarf mondo grass grows 4 to 6 inches tall
Everest sedge grows 10 inches tall
Elijah Blue Blue Fescue reaches 12 inches tall
Lucerne Blue Eyed Grass grows 12 inches tall