The Q&A Archives: Ornament Grasses for my backyard

Question: I live in Cincinnati OH and would like to grow ornamental grasses in my backyard to 'hide' a tall chain fence. I would prefer a grass that can grow 5+ feet and that can tolerate almost full sun. What varieties would you sugget.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Giant Mischanthus (Mischanthus floridulus) grows to 10' with deep green foliage; full sun in dry to wet soils.
Eulalia Grass (Miscanthus sacchariflorus) grows 4-6' in full sun to part shade in moist to average soils.
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis "Gracillimus") reaches 6' with mMedium green foliage in full sun to part shade in average soil.
Zebra Grass (Miscenthus sinensis "Zebrinus") grows to 7' foliage green with yellow bands.
Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis "Stricta") reaches 6' in full sun.
Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis "Variegatus") grows to 5' with green and white foliage.

Best wishes with your new ornamental grass!

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