If you are looking for a change from the usual plants that you see growing in containers, why not try some ornamental grasses? This will give your planter an entirely new look that is both unusual and decorative. You will discover eleven different grasses that can be grown in this way ranging from the delicate bamboo muhly grass to the striking red fountain grass. These ornamental grasses are described in an article which I found on the Balcony Garden Web site.
Growing ornamental grasses in containers is an excellent way to feature grasses without letting them branch out and taking over your whole garden. Container grown grasses are also easier to control, and they look stunning when grown with flowers.
1. Bamboo Muhly
Almost fern-like but super fine in texture, bamboo muhly grass grows easily in USDA Zones 8 to 11. It takes its name from its notched stems and feathery foliage. It thrives in the tropical climate, loves sun and heat and grows well in containers.
2. Japanese Sweet Flag
This low growing (12″) ornamental grass is good to grow in containers if you don’t want to grow a tall variety. Japanese sweet flag is low maintenance and grows in moist and soggy soil and semi-shade to full sun in USDA zones 6 to 9.
You can grow this ornamental grass with other moisture loving plants or with aquatic plants.
3. Red Fountain Grass
USDA Zones 9 to 11. Beautiful red fountain grass looks stunning; it’s an arching upright plant. Fill the pot with its rich burgundy color of foliage, and you’ll see how beautiful it looks.
4. Japanese Forest Grass
USDA Zones 5 to 9. Once you see Japanese forest grass growing in a nearby, nursery, you’ll love to pick it. It’s the plant you can grow in the shade, its foliage comes in yellow-green stripes and grows in a clump. Grow this ornamental grass in a dark ceramic pot for an absolutely stunning look.