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Ornamental grasses are finely textured plants that lend a casual and relaxed feeling to your landscape. They move with breezes and glimmer in sunlight, changing appearance with the seasons and time of day. They also provide food, nesting material and cover for birds.

There are many exquisitely beautiful grasses and grass-like plants, but which of these perform well in our region? Janine Anderson contacted some local landscape designers to get their thoughts and recommendations. Read all about these fabulous grasses in the Spring 2021 issue of the Arboretum Bulletin.

This article is part of an article series entitled “Tried and True Plants for the Pacific Northwest.” In addition to grasses, we’ve so far covered perennials, shrubs, and small trees.

PHOTO: Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ lights up the Centennial Summer Garden at Washington Park Arboretum. (Photo by Niall Dunne)