Grasses

Plant selection and landscape design demand thoughtful consideration of color, form, texture, and size.  Form and texture however, seem to take on an even greater importance when grass and grass like species are involved since these plants have the potential to provide dramatic fluidity and tactility to the garden space.  The size of the garden is also particularly important when working with grasses because while many species can stand alone or in small groups, a great number of species require large open spaces where plants can be massed in large quantities.  Many grasses and grass like species also allow the gardener to experiment with sound in the garden.  Species with light-bodied blades will rustle with just the slightest breeze while plants with heavier leaves will demand a substantial wind to move them. Familiarizing yourself with the various grasses and grass like species will allow you to utilize them to create the look and effect you desire.  The links below will provide you with the information you need to help you decide which grasses best suit your needs.  In addition, the availability list at El Nativo Growers, Inc. includes a separate table for grasses, rushes, and sedges. 

 

 

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  • Chondropetalum tectorum 1g
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    Chondropetalum tectorum 1g

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    Small Cape Rush is a grass-like, evergreen perennial that forms clumps of deep green stems banded at regular intervals with dark brown joints that make it reminiscent of bamboo. In summer, stems are topped with miniscule chocolate brown flowers that...
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  • Chondropetalum tectorum 5g
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    Small Cape Rush is a grass-like, evergreen perennial that forms clumps of deep green stems banded at regular intervals with dark brown joints that make it reminiscent of bamboo. In summer, stems are topped with miniscule chocolate brown flowers that...
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    Dianella 'DP401' Blu Topia PP #27,348 1g

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    A grass-like Australian native that forms a compact clump of soft blue foliage that will remain upright even during flowering. Blooms late spring into summer with violet blue flowers on tall, red-tinged stems. Prefers regular to occassional irrigation...
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  • Dianella caerulea Cassa Blue (PP17,998) 1g
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    One of the most attractive Dianella on the market today. Upright habit similar to that of New Zealand flax with a mature height of approximately 24 inches. The blue foliage is accentuated by a heavy wax layer on the leaf’s surface making it attractive,...
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  • Dianella caerulea Cassa Blue (PP17,998) 5g
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    One of the most attractive Dianella on the market today. Upright habit similar to that of New Zealand flax with a mature height of approximately 24 inches. The blue foliage is accentuated by a heavy wax layer on the leaf’s surface making it attractive,...
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  • Dianella caerulea King Alfred (PP20,794) 1g
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    Dianella caerulea King Alfred (PP20,794) 1g

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    One of the latest entries into the collection, King Alfred is proving to be a great choice for a variety of applications. This flax lily has blue-green, weeping foliage with spring flowers typical of Dianella. Some key attributes include a fast rate of...
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  • Dianella caerulea Little Becca (PP18,452) 1g
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    Dianella caerulea Little Becca (PP18,452) 1g

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    Glossy, dark green foliage that slowly spreads out by creeping rootstocks give this flax lily an interesting “mounding” growth habit. Perfect for mass plantings, Little Becca has been used for a number of years on commercial sites as well as in highway...
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  • Dianella revoluta 'Little Rev' (PP17,719) 1g
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    Dianella revoluta 'Little Rev' (PP17,719) 1g

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    This flax lily has an upright, architectural habit with blue-green foliage that reaches about 18 inches high in full sun and approximately 2 feet in partial shade. Like Tuffy's Dianella Little Becca, this plant also has a spreading nature that lends...
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  • Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' 1g
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    Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' 1g

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    A grass-like perennial that grows in large clumps of strappy white and green variegated foliage. Tiny violet-colored flowers float about the foliage in mid spring followed by dark blue berries. Will spread quite a bit in cool, regularly-watered areas...
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  • Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata' 5g
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    A grass-like perennial that grows in large clumps of strappy white and green variegated foliage. Tiny violet-colored flowers float about the foliage in mid spring followed by dark blue berries. Will spread quite a bit in cool, regularly-watered areas...
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