Perennial ornamental grasses have gained popularity as home landscaping plants. They add texture and variety to flower beds, borders, cottage gardens and desert landscapes. When looking for a drought-tolerant, deer resistant-plant, try perennial ornamental grasses. They germinate easily from seed and meet the homeowner's requirement of easy-care plants.
Pink Pampas Grass
Pink pampas Grass (Cortaderia), a deer-resistant ornamental grass, grows 6- to 7-foot-tall stalks with 2-foot long sand-pink plumes. It blooms early summer to mid-fall in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10. Sow seeds after danger of frost in full sun, or sow in late summer. Space seeds evenly and cover with 1/4 inch amended (organic matter worked in) soil tamped down lightly. Keep seeds evenly moist. Thin seedlings as needed.
Purple Love Grass
Purple love grass (Eragrostis) displays dark pink flower spikes giving a cloud-like effect. It grows 18 to 24 inches high with a spread of 18 to 24 inches and blooms summer through fall. Sow this deer-resistant ornamental in full sun after danger of frost or in late summer. Space seeds evenly and cover with 1/4 inch amended soil tamped down lightly. Keep seeds evenly moist. Thin seedlings as needed. Purple love grass is hardy in zones 5 to 8.
Juncus Javelin (Juncus pallidus Javelin) grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 18 to 20 inches wide. It tolerates any soil and standing water. Sow seeds in full sun, and keep plants watered for the first year until established. This heat- and drought-tolerant grass grows long spikes that maintain a healthy appearance in all seasons. Space seeds evenly and cover with 1/4 inch soil tamped down lightly. Keep seeds evenly moist. Grows well in zones 6 to 10. Thin seedlings as needed.