drought resistent grasses - Knowledgebase Question

seattle, wa
Question by Phogan66
October 12, 2006
I would like something about 4-5' tall for a planter box outside our office window. It's enclosed with wooden slats that allow lots of light and it has a southern exposure. I wouldn't want something that grow too large as our space is confined. The planter box is about 6' long and 2' wide, about 21/2' deep. It doesn't get a lot of watering as it is difficult to access. What do you suggest? I love to watch the grasses blowing in the wind.
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Answer from NGA
October 12, 2006

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There are a number of ornamental grasses that are drought tolerant once established, but they will need to be watered regularly until their roots are well established. Here are a few suggestions for your gardening region:
ALOPECURUS-Foxtail; ANEMANTHELE-Pheasant tail; ARUNDO DONAX-Giant Reed; BRIZIA-Quaking oat; ARHENATHERUM-Bulbous Oat; CALAMAGROTIS-Feather Reed; CAREX-SEDGE, including BUCHANII, COMANS, E. BOWLES, FLAGELLIFERA, O. EVERGOLD, PH. SPARKLER, SID. VARIEGATA, TENUICULMIS, and TESTACEA; CHASMANTHIUM-Northern Sea Oats; CORTADERIA-Pampas; DESCHAMPSIA-Hairgrass; ELYMUS-Rye; FESTUSA-Fescue; HAKONECHLOA-Forest Grass; HELICTRICHON-Blue Oat; IMPERATA-Japanese Blood Grass; JUNCUS-Soft Rush; KOELERIA-Blue Hair; LIRIOPE-Lily Turf; MILLEUM-Golden Millet, and
MISCANTHUS SINENSIS var. Adagio, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gracillimus, Little Nicky , Morning Light, and var. Purpurascens-Flame Grass.

Best wishes with your ornamental grasses!

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