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The Best Perennial Ornamental Grasses

If you want to have interest in the garden throughout the year, a perennial ornamental grass is one way to go. Ornamental grass plants can act as a contrast with heavier textured plants like shrubs, and this juxtaposition will make the plants enhance each other. While most ornamental grass plants thrive in full sun, there are some varieties of shade ornamental grasses.

If you're interested in shade perennial ornamental grasses, Carex, or sedge, is a grass-like perennial. This "ornamental grass" is mostly evergreen, and because of its shorter stature (most sedge doesn't grow over 2' tall), carex is an appropriate choice for lining pathways or filling open areas. Other kinds of "shade ornamental grasses" include Acorus -- a perennial that does well in woodland or bog settings, and similarly Ophiopogons (mondo grasses), which are perennial ornamental grass plants that can grow in deep shade or near the edges of sunny gardens.

Welcome to Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. We are a private research and display botanic garden located near Raleigh, North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b). Our retail mail order division allows us to make the best perennials from our trials available to gardeners around the world, some of which were developed here, some from our plant explorations, and others from breeders around the world. Between 1988 and 2010, Plant Delights Nursery introduced over 500 new perennial plants to US horticulture. In 2002, we were honored to be recognized by the American Horticulture Society for our lifetime of work in commercial horticulture. This image gallery is but a sampling of the great perennial plants available for gardeners around the world. We do not carry all plants pictured at any one time, but since our mission is to educate and inspire, we hope these images and the linked articles below will expand your garden horizons and interest. You will find an array of other interesting information and fascinating perennials throughout our website...thank you for taking time to visit.