Grasses and Grasslike Plants


Ornamental Grasses and Grass like Plants in

North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area Landscape

Its no secret that Ornamental grasses are spreading like wildfire among our North Florida landscapes. You
can hardly take a drive down the block without noticing a swath of some grass like plant or another planted along
the roadside, golf coarse, commercial building, home foundation plantings, public highway, ball
field and well…just about every other place we can think of to put them.

With so many varieties available that fit easily into every possible landscape area from a pond side
planting to the dry sandy hills along the ocean side, Ornamental Grasses are everywhere.

They are the prefect low maintenance landscape solution to our busy life schedules. Why would we not plant
something that is going to look great without much help from us? Spend more time in the pool instead of tending the
garden around it with grasses and grass like plants, you’ll be glad you did!

Ornamental Grasses? What Exactly Does that Mean Anyway?

For those of you new to North Florida gardening or that are just like me and are often confused by
plant classifications that don’t seem to make any botanical sense, this one is for you…

Ornamental grasses is a term used to describe both actual grasses and grass – like plants that we have
selected over time and deemed worthy of propagation for domestic use.

They include many plant species from sedges to rush and even plants just generally referred to by gardeners as
grassy, like Iris or day lilies.

So while not all ornamental grasses sold at S & J Nursery, in fact hardly any of the plants grouped into
grasses and grass like plant categories are actually part of the grass family, their general appearance lends us
towards clumping them all together into one big happy family of upright strappy foliage plants that we like to use
to decorate our homes and gardens.

The Benefits of using Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape

  • Grasses provide great textures and colors to the North Florida landscape.
  • Easy care plants need little help from the gardener to look good year round in the landscape.
  • Grasses make great Xeroscapes plant selections because of their low water needs.
  • Wide range of species and selections available to suit any landscape need from always wet to sandy
    beaches
  • Grasses and Grass like plants make beautifully easy care potted plantings perfect for porches, patio’s
    and pool side settings.
  • Adds an ambiance to the garden that stiff shrubs and trees just cant do, they pick up the
    slightest breeze and make our gardens come alive!

North Florida Grasses and Grass like Plants

Grouped By Garden Needs

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like plants for FULL SUN and
WELL DRAINED soils:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Bamboo Muhley Grass

Bulbine Frutescens Orange Bicolor

Bulbine Yellow

Evergreen Giant Liriope

Daylily

Muhley
Grass

Red Fountain Grass

Sand Cord Grass

Society Garlic

Variegated Aztec Grass

Variegated Flax Lily

White Fountain Grass

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like Plants for Shaded Garden
Locations
:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Bamboo Muhley Grass

Evergreen Giant Liriope

Mondo
Grass

Mondo
Grass Dwarf

Variegated Aztec Grass

Variegated Flax Lily

S & J Nursery’s grasses and Grass like Plants for Wet and Poorly Drained
Soils
:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Muhley
Grass

Sand Cord Grass

Society Garlic

Faxahatchee / Gamma Grass

Dwarf Faxhatchee / Gamma Grass

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like Plants for Flowers in the
Spring
:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Bulbine Frutescens Orange Bicolor

Yellow Bulbine

Daylily

Society Garlic

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like Plants for Flowers in the
Summer
:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Bulbine Frutescens Orange Bicolor

Yellow Bulbine

Daylily

Evergreen Giant Liriope

Red Fountain Grass

Society Garlic

Variegated Aztec Grass

White Fountain Grass

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like plants for Flowers in the
Fall
:

African Iris White

Muhley
Grass

Red Fountain Grass

Society Garlic

White Fountain Grass

S & J Nursery’s Greases and Grass like Plants for adding Foliage Color in
the Landscape:

Red Fountain Grass

Variegated Aztec Grass

Variegated Flax Lily

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like plants for Big / Bold Dramatic Foliage
Texture
in the landscape:

African Iris White

 Agapanthus

Variegated Flax Lily

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like plants for adding Delicate / Soft or Fine
Texture
to the Landscape:

Bamboo Muhley Grass

Evergreen Giant Liriope

Mondo
Grass

Mondo
Grass Dwarf

Muhley
Grass

Red Fountain Grass

Sand Cord Grass

Society Garlic

Variegated Aztec Grass

White Fountain Grass

S & J Nursery’s Grasses and Grass like Plants that Remain Evergreen in the North
Florida Landscape
:

African Iris White

African Iris Yellow

 Agapanthus

Bulbine Frutescens Orange Bicolor

Bulbine Yellow

Daylily ( some selections are Herbaceous, be sure to check each variety of
daylily so you get one that remains evergreen)

Evergreen Giant Liriope

Mondo
Grass

Mondo
Grass Dwarf

Muhley
Grass

Sand Cord Grass

Society Garlic

Variegated Aztec Grass

Variegated Flax Lily

Click here for more information on North Florida Grasses and Grass like Plants from the UFIFAS website.