Ornamental grasses are popular for their hardiness and attractive foliage. Clumping grasses form neat mounds, while running grasses spread out and may become invasive. Ornamental grasses can grow in any type of soil, depending on the species, and many are drought-tolerant. Some ornamental grasses are grown strictly for their foliage, while others feature tall, showy spikes of flowers or soft, feathery blooms. There are even a few types of ornamental grasses that produce berries.
Lilyturf is a short ornamental grass that reaches a maximum height of twelve inches. Popular for its deer-resistant qualities, it can be grown in moist soil and prefers partial shade. In the spring, lilyturf bears a spiky flower that can range in shade from white to lavender. In the fall, the plant produces small, dark berries. Lilyturf is a running ornamental grass, which means it will spread rapidly if not contained. For this reason, lilyturf is best grown in a container.
Peedee Ingot is a cold-hardy ornamental grass that can withstand temperatures below freezing (as low as ten degrees Fahrenheit). This evergreen perennial is a clumping grass with an average height and width of twelve inches. Peedee ingot prefers full sun and well-draining soil. The grass will produce many stalks of lilac flowers in the summer if it receives enough sunlight. In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant gold, which beautifully offsets the small, deep purple berries.
Big blue is a very hardy, clumping ornamental grass. It can grow up to two feet tall and equally as wide. This evergreen perennial prefers full sunlight and produces masses of blue flowers in the summer. The bark of the plant is the same color as the leaves--a shiny, deep green. Big blue thrives in rich, loamy soil that is well draining. In the fall, the grass produces clumps of small black berries.
Silver Dragon is a running ornamental grass, but it does not spread as quickly as some other varieties and is frequently used as a grown cover. The variegated foliage of this ornamental grass is very attractive. Silver dragon does very well in shady areas and can survive periods of drought, which is an unusual combination for an ornamental grass. Silver dragon does not do well in very cold conditions. In the fall, the plant produces tiny black berries.