Exterior sconces join the interior light shining through the windows to cast a warm glow over the outside of the home. A marble walkway leads from the house to the open patio with a fountain featured in the center. Ornamental grass and palm trees surround the marble creating an inviting, tropical landscape design.
A stone tile patio leads from the home to this private reflecting pool. Patio chairs face the pool surrounded by ornamental grass. Uncovered windows allow indoor light to cast a warm glow over the relaxing space.
The natural stone hot tub surrounding matches the stone used for the retaining wall. Above the wall the hillside is planted with ornamental grass for a beautiful natural texture and color. The hot tub is raised from the main pool patio with access from clean cut concrete steps.
This swimming pool brings an air of elegance to the cozy cottage feel of this home. The stone home exterior blends down to a concrete patio surrounding the rectangular pool. A border of planted grasses and shrubs adds beautiful natural color, texture and height to decorate the space.
A natural rock retaining wall supports the midcentury modern home exterior against the gentle incline of the yard. The lush green of the grass, planted shrubs and ornamental grass adds life and texture to the smooth brown house. At the lower, flat end of the yard, a courtyard is set up with an outdoor dining table and chairs.
Natural stone retaining walls create a textural border around the pool and concrete patio area in this elegant backyard. The retaining walls create elevated planted areas perfect for ornamental grass and larger shrubs giving natural decoration to the landscaping.
Count on ornamental grasses to create colorful, lively plantings that don’t guzzle water. This pretty grass duet features ‘Blonde Ambition’ blue grama grass (foreground), with horizontal, eyelash-like seedheads. This drought-tolerant beauty is a selection of a native grass and grows 28 to 32 inches tall and wide (Hardy Zones 4-9). It’s a mid-size ornamental grass that pairs beautifully with other grasses, like tall ‘Pink Flamingo’ muhly grass (Muhlenbergia ‘Pink Flamingo’), which is hardy in Zones 6-10.
This 10-year-old garden belongs to a home in Utah. It features a lovely mixture of drought-tolerant perennials, ornamental grasses and native plants for an overall look that complements its high desert setting.
The front yard is planted with native grass seed and ornamental grasses at varied levels to create an edge for the entry patio. The linear design of the building extends into the landscape with concrete curbs and planters.
A well-manicured lawn allows for unobstructed views of a sitting area in the distance. At the same time, a variety of palm trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses ensure that the garden is rich with vegetation and visual interest.
Perfect for pots or the front of a border, ‘Burgundy Bunny’ miniature fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) brings cute color to any setting. This small ornamental grass showcases light red hue in summer, followed by blazing reds in fall. The small seedheads appear in late summer and linger until harsh winter weather blasts them apart. This grass works well in rock gardens or low water-use landscapes. Plants grow 12 to 16 inches tall and up to 16 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Need an ornamental grass for a spot with light shade? Check out autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis). This non-native grass gets its name from the show it stages in autumn. That’s when tan seedheads appear, standing well above the clump of bright green leaves. Drought-tolerant and easy to grow, autumn moor grass holds its own in a mixed planting bed, adapts well to containers and makes an eye-catching planting en masse. Cut clumps to the ground in winter or very early spring. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.