Grasses and Bamboos 2019 Spring Flower Fair Plant Sale Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ (Yellow Sweetflag)Evergreen grass-like chartreuse foliage, 12-14” in height. The plants can actually sit in the water or they can be grown in average to dry garden soil! Best grown in light shade but are tolerant of full sun.Featured in the Asian Hillside garden (by the stream) adjacent to the office.Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ (Yellow Sweetflag) 2Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’ (Variegated Sweetflag)Similar to the previous, but the foliage has white stripes along the foliage.Acorus gramineus pusillus minimus ‘Aureus’ (Dwarf Golden Sweetflag)It is interesting how a plant with such a nice long botanical name can only grow to 4” in height! The chartreuse foliage is a nice compliment to blue or purple flowers. A very tough plant, growing well in moist soils (it can actually be submerged in water) or in dry. Looks great in between stepping stones, as noted in the picture.Arundo donax (Giant Reed Grass)If you are searching for a 12’ tall screening plant for full sun in wet or dry conditions, this is your plant! Slowly spreading, it resembles giant corn and is used for making reeds in wind instruments. Zone 6 winter hardy.Arundo donax ‘Peppermint Stick’ (Giant Reed Grass)A very showy giant reed that has white and green striped leaves. The color holds up very well during the hotter part of the summer and it truly out performs other variegated forms. More compact in size, it reaches a more modest 8’ in height.Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)A very vertical plant, growing to 5’ in height and 2’ across. The flowers appear in June, and are initially pink and ‘fluffy’, becoming narrow and tan by August. Remains ornamental well into January or February, depending upon snow load. Full sun, moist to dry soils.Featured at the Otken Memorial Garden at Rutgers Gardens.Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass) 2Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass) 3Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (Feather Reed Grass)Similar in habit to Karl Foerster, but there is a defined white stripe down the center of the leaf. It is happy in either sun or shade.Calamagrostis brachytricha (Korean Feather Reed Grass)Growing to 3’, it is one of the tallest grasses that is shade tolerant. Attractive and airy pink inflorescences appear in August into September. Full sun to light shade, with soils that are moist to well drained.Featured in the Mixed Borders in the DBL Garden at Rutgers Gardens.Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’Do you need a golden variegated grass to warm up a spot in your garden? Evergold grows to 8” tall, but produces leaf blades that are up to 18” in length. It looks great used in a container where the leaves can tumble down over the side of the pot! Good in sun or light shade in soils that do not remain water logged for long periods.Carex pensylvanica (Oak Sedge)Native! Often seen growing amongst oak trees, which gives it its common name, this Sedge spreads nicely by rhizomes to form a nice thick groundcover. Ideal in dry shade, Oak Sedge makes a great groundcover through which other perennials can emerge. Requires no watering, fertilizing or cutting back, since the previous year’s foliage mats down and creates a mulch through which the current season's growth emerges. Little known by the gardening community and it makes a great living mulch!Carex pensylvanica (Oak Sedge) 2Carex pensylvanica (Oak Sedge) 3(Shown in March)Fargesia rufa ‘Green Panda’ (Umbrella Bamboo)A clump forming bamboo with myriad ¼”-½” stems that initially stretch upwards and then arch outwards, giving the appearance of an umbrella. It is able to withstand more sunlight that other species of Fargesia but is also shade tolerant; it matures to 8’ in height. Zone 5 hardy.Featured in the Asian Hillside Garden adjacent to the office at Rutgers Gardens.Fargesia rufa ‘Green Panda’ (Umbrella Bamboo) 2Fargesia rufa ‘Green Panda’ (Umbrella Bamboo) 2Festuca glauca ‘Cool as Ice’ (Blue Fescue)For those in need of an easy to grow, blue foliaged grass. Best grown in full sun or light shade in soils that are moist yet well-drained.Hakonechloa macra (Mt. Hakone Grass)A very attractive grass, growing to 18-24” in height. Resembles a small water fountain when mature! Very shade tolerant and drought tolerant, but can be grown in the sun if the soils are well amended with organic matter. In mass it makes a great groundcover.Featured at the Otken Memorial Garden at Rutgers Gardens.Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Golden Mt. Hakone Grass)It grows slightly smaller in height than the species with entirely golden foliage. Great for brightening up that shady spot.Featured in the Art Rudolph Memorial Sun and Shade Garden at Rutgers Gardens.Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Golden Mt. Hakone Grass)Yellow leaves marked with thin green variegation throughout. Very effective for the shady garden! Only grows to 18-24” in height. The Perennial Plant of the Year for 2009!!Featured in the Art Rudolph Memorial Sun and Shade Garden and in front of the Gift Shop at Rutgers Gardens.Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Golden Mt. Hakone Grass) 2Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegata’ (Japanese Silver Grass)Wide green and white-striped leaves make this 8’ tall plant a knockout! Pink changing to buff-colored inflorescences appear in September. Full sun exposure is best with average draining and fertility soils.Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Japanese Silver Grass)A grass with very neat and slender, growing to 6’ tall. The red flowers are produced in late September and are very effective through January. This is one of the best forms of this Genus.Featured in the Chroma Garden bordering the DBL in Rutgers Gardens.Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)A very fine textured plant that makes a great addition to containers and flower beds. Flower heads appear in June and foliage can reach to 2’ tall. Full sun, well drained soils. Typically listed as a zone 7 plant, it has overwintered in Sussex County NJ!Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blue’ (Dallas Blue Switch Grass)Native! Broad blue foliage reaching six foot in height makes this a great addition to the perennial or mixed border. The reddish inflorescences appear in September and are over 1 foot in length with a very attractive. In late October, the foliage and inflorescence develop a stunning light orange fall color. Grows best in full backing sun and well-drained soils that are low in fertility.Featured in the garden in front of Holly House and along the entrance drive at Rutgers Gardens.Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' (Northwind Switch Grass)Native! Similar to the above, but the foliage has a more upright, arrow-like habit! Great for average to dry, soils in full sun. Even does well when grown in infertile soils!Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ (Fountain Grass)Rose pink flowers appear all summer long over green foliage. With flowers reaching heights of 3’ tall, this plant needs full baking sun and well-drained soils to flourish. Drought tolerant and the plant will not reseed, which is an issue with many other species of this species.Featured along the fence in the Otken Tribute Garden at Rutgers Gardens.Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ (Little Bluestem)This native grass is renowned for its blue foliage during the late spring and summer, followed by a spectrum of autumn colors ranging from reds to robust oranges. The challenge has always been to find soil that is sufficiently lacking in fertility to grow this plant so it will not fall down! Standing ovation is the perfect answer, with foliage that retains all the seasonal colors, but does not collapse in soils with average to higher fertilities. Best grown in full sun in well-drained soils.Sesleria autumnalis (Autumn Moore Grass)A low mounding ornamental grass that provides attractive chartreuse foliage from late April through October. Plants look ideal when combined with blue flowered or foliaged plants. Best grown in full sun in soils that drain well. Spike-like silvery flowers rise above the leaves in August and mature into soft tan seed heads by autumn. Zone 5 hardy.Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)With very fine and delicate foliage, Prairie Dropseed is a native of the Midwest where it its 1’ tall foliage can compete well with the neighboring grasses and flowering plants. It provides a great ‘living’ groundcover for full sun, where it can be interplanted with various flowering plants such as Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea). In addition, when the inflorescences are in bloom, they smell like buttered popcorn on close examination! Full sun and well-drained yet water retentive soils are best.