Ornamental Grasses for Shade

An A-Z List of Ornamental Grasses That Grow Well in the Shade

Planning on including ornamental grasses for the shaded area in your garden? The list provided in this Gardenerdy article can help you make a decision.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Most ornamental grasses are low-maintenance, versatile, and carefree, transforming your garden into a lush, green carpet. These can be planted in various seasons, won't get damaged due to pests or diseases, are resistant to deer, come in different shapes and sizes, and most of all, some are tolerant to drought as well. What more can you ask for? Although there are many benefits of planting these grass plants, one of the most important things is that they help in neutralizing the carbon cycle.
As there are different types available, finding the right one for your zone and garden needs could be solved by the people working at the garden center. Which is it is essential to visit one for additional information before you purchase on for your garden.
List of Ornamental Grasses
When you're clueless as to what type you should looking for, perhaps the following list can help. You can either search for their images on the Internet, or visit a local home and garden center to personally see what these grasses look like. Till then, you can go over the list of short and tall grasses for enhancing the aesthetics of your garden or backyard.
A
  • Alkali Sacaton
  • Arizona Fescue
  • Atlas Fescue
  • Autumn Sedge
  • Autumn Moor Grass

B
  • BathSedge
  • Beardgrass
  • Big Bluestem
  • Bitter Switchgrass
  • Blackbent
  • Blooming Wonder Miscanthus
  • Blue Fescue
  • Blue Grama
  • Blue Hair Grass
  • Blue Indian Grass
  • Bluejoint
  • Blue Meadow Grass
  • Blue Moor Grass
  • Blue Oat Grass
  • Blue Sedge
  • Blue Switch Grass
  • Blue Wheatgrass
  • Blue-green Moor Grass
  • Bronze Veil Tufted Hair Grass
  • Buffalo Grass
  • Bunchgrass
  • Bush Grass

C
  • Chinese Plume Grass
  • Chinese Silver Grass
  • Corkscrew Rush
  • Crested Hair Grass

D
  • Davall's Sedge
  • Dewey Blue Bitter Panic Grass
  • Diamond Grass
  • Dwarf Fountain Grass
  • Dwarf Miscanthus
  • Dwarf Palm Sedge

E - F
  • Elijah's Blue Fescue
  • Eulalia Grass
  • Eyelash Grass
  • Feather Reed Grass
  • Feesey Ribbon Grass
  • Flame Grass
  • Fountain Grass
  • Fountain Spray Moor Grass

G
  • Gardener's Garters
  • Giant Maiden Grass
  • Giant Miscanthus
  • Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass
  • Gold Dust Tufted Hair Grass
  • Golden Foxtail Grass
  • Gray's Sedge
  • Graziella Maiden Grass
  • Great Basin Wild Rye
  • Greater Pond Sedge
  • Greater Woodrush
  • Green Needlegrass
  • Green Sedge
H - I
  • Hardy Pampas Grass
  • Hedgehog Fescue
  • Idaho Blue Fescue
  • Indian Grass
  • Indian Ricegrass
J - L
  • Japanese Blood Grass
  • Japanese Silver Grass
  • Junegrass
  • Korean Feather Reed Grass
  • Lesser Corkscrew Rush
  • Little Bluestem
M - O
  • Maiden Grass
  • Mesquite Grass
  • Mosquito Grass
  • Narrow-leaved Reedgrass
  • Northern Reed Grass
  • Northern Sea Oats
  • Oriental Fountain Grass
P
  • Palm Sedge
  • Panic Grass
  • Porcupine Grass
  • Prairie Dropseed
  • Prairie June Grass
  • Purple Moor Grass
R
  • Ravenna Grass
  • Red Silver Maiden Grass
  • Red Switch Grass
  • Reed Canary Grass
  • Reed Grass
  • Ribbon Grass
S
  • Sedge
  • Sheep's Fescue
  • Side Oats Grama
  • Silver Feather Grass
  • Snowy Woodrush
  • Spangle Grass
  • Spear Grass
  • Spring Blue Fescue
  • Switch Grass
T
  • Tall Grass Prairie
  • Tall Moor Grass
  • Tall Oriental Fountain Grass
  • Tall Switch Grass
  • Tufted Hair Grass
  • Turkey Foot
  • Tussock Grass
V
  • Variegated Maiden Grass
  • Variegated Moor Grass
  • Variegated Palm Sedge
  • Variegated Reed Grass
W
  • Weeping Brown Sedge
  • Weeping Green Sedge
  • Weeping Sedge
  • Wet Meadow Sedge
  • Wild Oats
  • Wild Oatgrass
  • Wiregrass

Visit a local garden center, or search for a plant nursery to find any specific species you're looking for in your area.
Closeup of Orange Tussock Grass
Big Bluestem Prairie Grass
Mexican Feather Grass in the Sunlight
Spring. Silver feather grass.
Reed Canary Grass
Switch grass in autumn
Ravenna Grass
Prairie dropseed
Fountain Grass
Northern Sea Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
Maiden Grass Glows In The Morning Sun
little bluestem
Ornamental Grass Garden Path
Junegrass in bloom
Shining Silver grass
Indian Rice Grass
Graziella Maiden Grass
American Fox Tails Grass & Blue Sky
Ribbon Grass
Feather Reed Ornamental grass at sunset in Autumn
ornamental grasses in summer landscape
Corkscrew grass
Dew on grass
Sedge at Lake Balaton, Hungary
Big Bluestem Prairie Grass with Blurred Background
Indian Grass Against a Beautiful Blue Sky
Festuca glauca
Miscanthus grass
Bear Grass
Grass plant in front of modern building
Kinder Scout
Decorative grass Blue fescue
Dry Lake