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Ornamental grasses are one of our specialties here at Murphy’s Gardens.  We have many different perennial grasses growing happily in our display gardens.  We sell only clump forming grasses – no invasives.                 

 Here are some of the most reliable for any garden.  

 Check out our perennial gallery, shade perennial favorites, sun perennial favorites,  

For a great perennial encyclopedia of many of the plants we sell go to


Calamagrostis acutiflora ’Avalanche’

Variegated Feather Reed Grass

*Cool season grass—quick to emerge in spring

*Variegated, tight clump forming foliage—neat, upright habit—4’

*June blooming—heads emerge pink & fade to wheat


Miscanthus sinensis


Porcupine or Zebra Grass

*Great specimen grass 6’ vase-shaped form with bands of yellow

*Blooms in September

*Clump forming, great form

*Looks great with yellow flowering perennials


Calamagrostis arundinacea brachytricha

Korean Feather Reed Grass

*Tight, vase like 2.5’ foliage with graceful movement

*Warm season bloomer with cool season foliage habit

*Iridescent, airy blooms to 4’

*Blooms in  August/September

* Can tolerate  shade & clay.


Panicum virgatum

’Cloud Nine’

Blue Switch Grass

*Warm Season Grass

*August blooms with huge, airy panicle which shimmer in the sun

*Vase-like, blue/green 6-7’ foliage attractive all summer

*Clump forming, not invasive


Carex caryophyllea


Mop headed sedge

*Named after the Beatles with their mop headed hair

*Part shade, vigorous clump forming grass

*Great for edging in shade/part shade—6-8”



‘Red Head’

Oriental Fountain Grass

*Warm season grass

*4’ clump forming mound

*Burgundy -tinged blooms start in August and continue all fall
*Great as specimen grass

*Well drained soil, full sun


Miscanthus sinensis

‘Gracillimus’ &


Maiden Grass

*Warm season grass—won’t emerge until late April/May

*Graceful, vase shaped habit  - 5-6 ‘ tight, clump forming

*Plumes emerge in late August/September  & last all winter


Schizachyrium scoparium ’The Blues’

Little Bluestem

*Warm season grass

*Native prairie grass, will re-seed where happy—naturalized areas best, highly adaptable

*Beautiful blue/green summer foliage which turns coppery red in fall