5 Beautiful Grasses To Enhance Your Low-Maintenance Florida Landscape

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Ornamental grasses are becoming increasingly popular in landscaping, especially in xeriscapes. From small ground covers to large specimen plants, there is a grass to fit into any spot in your Florida landscape.

Ribbon Grass  

Ribbon grass comes in solid green and variegated varieties. It is a small, spreading grass that is often used as a ground cover. The variegated variety is striking in mass plantings. Ribbon grass grows from 1 to 3 feet tall and is drought and deer resistant. It prefers full to part sun and is a wonderful grass for erosion control on slopes.

Purple Fountaingrass

With its striking burgundy-red foliage and arching growth pattern, purple fountaingrass is one of the most popular grasses in both commercial and residential landscapes. It is a true tropical grass only hardy to USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10, but it is grown as an annual in the cooler parts of Florida. It is a short grass, growing from 1 to 3 feet tall, and prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is well-suited for large, open areas where it can really shine when it gives forth its gorgeous large plumes of pink flowers. Give this spectacular plant plenty of space in a full-sun location to grow, since it can get from 8 to 10 feet tall and equally as wide. Pampas grass is cold hardy, although it does die back in the winter, and larger specimens must be pruned each winter with a chain saw. It is reasonably salt-tolerant and deer resistant. Be careful when working with this plant because itss razor-sharp leaves can cause real damage.

Muhly Grass

Florida native muhly grass is grown not for the grass itself, but for it's beautiful pinkish-purple plumes which emerge each fall. This is a small grass, overall growing to only 3 feet tall. It needs full to partial sun, is cold hardy and salt tolerant. It is a perfect selection for an unirrigated narrow area or as a ground cover on unused land.

Florida Gama Grass

Also known as dwarf fakahatchee grass, this native grass is used for its beautiful form as well as its easy care. It has been described as looking like a gigantic green liriope. Gama grass is salt tolerant and cold hardy. It prefers full sun to partial shade. It needs regular watering and doesn't mind wet feet, so it would be perfect for a low-lying area that holds water for a bit after a heavy rain.

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10 June 2016

Discussing Landscaping Practices

Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.