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Perennial Ornamental Grasses to Plant This Fall

Pampas Grass
Pampas Grass

Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is hardy from zones 7 to 11. It is fast growing with towering white plumes. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Switchgrass
Switchgrass

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’) buds out with pastel pink seed heads over wide blue leaves. It is hardy from zones 5 to 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Hameln Fountain Grass
Hameln Fountain Grass

Hameln fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’) thrives in zones 4 to 11 and features fluffy, buff-colored plumes arching above foliage. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Maiden Grass
Maiden Grass

Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) forms a graceful, upright mound with coppery-pink plumes in fall. It’s hardy in zones 5 to 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Zebra Grass
Zebra Grass

Attractive yellow bands on its leaves give zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’) its name. It is hardy from zones 4 through 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Feather Reed Grass
Feather Reed Grass

Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) is an early bloomer. The grass is hardy zones 3 to 9 and the blossoms change color through the season. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Mexican Feather Grass
Mexican Feather Grass

Delicate, graceful leaves and airy flower heads mark Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima). Hardy in zones 9 to 11. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)

Little Bunny Fountain Grass
Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Little Bunny fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’) is the smallest fountain grass of all and features fluffy, buff-colored blooms. Hardy in zones 5 through 9. (Image provided by The John Henry Company)