August Flowers

August brings flowers galore when it comes to ornamental Grasses.

Leading the way this month is Pennisetum a. “Burgundy Bunny” with its fluffy blooms protruding above the red and green foliage.


Pennisetum a Hamelin, maybe the darkest greenest grass here, shows off its fluffy plumes just above that wonderful foliage.


Our newest grass, Pennisetum a. “Lumens Gold” is right behind with the fluffy creamy spikes just above the lemony foliage that’s was a gold color last spring.

The Miscanthus varieties are right behind with Miscanthus s. “Little Miss” blazing away with its flowers a foot above the red green foliage, a great plant for the smaller garden topping out at 3ft.

If green and white is more your style then Molina c. Variegated with their blooms flower this month too.

All these and more are available now starting at $9.75 each.

Best Ornamental Grasses to put along your fence

If you want to give movement, texture and color to your fence, plant ornamental grasses in front of it to give the fence a flair. Ornamental grasses are an attractive choice because the only maintenance is cutting them back in the spring. Most grasses offer four-season interest while providing a haven for wildlife and an architectural form to your landscape. Ornamental grasses bring a certain dimension of texture, color, height and graceful motion to your fence. The taller native grasses can create a sense of privacy while framing the fence and softening the fence line. 'Morning Lights' maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) can grow up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Beyond Blue is an evergreen ornamental blue-gray grass with straw-colored flowering clusters, making a beautiful backdrop for any type of fence.

Planting groups of native ornamental grasses in front of or behind the end, corner and line posts can create the same impact as a shrub or hedge. Taller grasses can add an architectural element when framing vertical posts. Shorter ornament grasses will give the fence an appearance of depth and height.

Planting and Maintenance

Early spring is the best time to plant new ornamental grasses and to divide existing plants. Fall/Winter is the best time to tidy up any overgrown areas, particularly if you want the grasses to simply frame your fence and not cover it completely. Cut back overgrown areas before new growth begins by cutting back dead foliage.

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Beyond Blue

'Morning Lights' maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

'Morning Lights' maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

Plant of the Month 'Lumens Gold'

Pennisetum alopecuroides as known as Lumen Gold Fountain Grass offers splendid, golden color and a rounded, fountain like habit. The foliage is a bright gold in spring and softens to lemon in the summer. Lumen Gold is a easy growing plant and very easy to maintain it is also a great plant for small spaces and perfect for containers. Bottle-brush plumes that float above the golden foliage are soft and fuzzy. Its mature height is 1' tall x 2' wide

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Potted plants for Mothers Day Gifts

Can’t decide on what to get your mother this Mother’s Day? Plotted Plants make a great and natural gift that will brighten any space that you place them whether its indoors or outdoors. Lighten your mother’s summer workload by planting beautiful ornamental grasses, ground covers, and dwarf Japanese maples in planters, clay and ceramic pots, decorative boxes, and more. The best part: You can plant almost anything in a pot as long as there's plenty of water and sunshine. Come by this weekend to get your plants or pre-made pots for your mothers day gift.


Twelve NEW Varieties of Grasses coming this June!

Here at Ornamental Grasses of Puget Sound we are very excited about our new varieties of premium grasses that we will be offering this summer. We have selected some of the best and most colorful grasses particularly with the smaller yard in mind. 

Of course they will do well in almost any landscape.


Bouteloua Gracilis “Blonde Ambition”

A cold hardy, native grass with blue-green foliage and striking golden summer flowers on stiff stems. Provides cool-season interest, with long lasting blonde seed heads in winter. Good in most soil types, great for low maintenance landscapes. They grow up to 3 ft. tall and wide.



“Rain Dance”

‘Rain Dance’ grows to 6 feet tall with red-tipped foliage and darker green leaves that turn maroon in fall, also having red flowers on red stems. They do very well in the sun, and are hardy plants.


Carex Pensylvanica “Pennsylvania Sedge”

Carex pensylvanica is a Sedge that reproduces by rhizomes (a continuously growing horizontal underground stem which puts out lateral shoots at intervals.) and is low growing, 8" tall when blooming. Does well in dry-soil and has the ability to grow in full sun or full shade. It will spread 3-8" each year depending on the soil moisture. Pennsylvania Sedge actively grows during the spring and fall when soil temperatures remain cool.


To see more of our new variety of grasses coming in June please click the button below

Japanese Maples Grand Opening

Grand Opening in Olympia, WA

September 29th, 10am - 5pm

Maples For All Seasons Nursery

Come Celebrate with Us…

Lectures, Workshops, Raffles, Discounts!

Click Here To Register

Schedule of Events
Lectures. Our lectures and workshops are always in high demand at shows on Japanese Maples and pruning. This is a rare opportunity to get expert tips and advice from Barry in a small group on pruning and maintaining Japanese Maples. This is normally a $150 value for small group classes and we are waiving the fee.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Pruning of Japanese Maples from an Arborist point of view.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Planting of Japanese Maples in the landscape or containers.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Repeat of Pruning of Japanese Maples from an Arborist point of view.

Ornamental Grass Display Garden

We now have an area of ornamental grasses that were planted over the last 2 years. This garden shows what our grasses will look like as they mature outside.

It will help you understand the height and spread of each variety as well as the textures and colors. It’s a great place to start to imagine what your yard can look like with grasses.




Washington State University Master Gardeners Program


Today we had the pleasure of giving a greenhouse tour to a great group, the Master Gardeners of Thurston County.  It was a gorgeous day for talking ornamental grasses, ground covers, and native plants. 

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David showed the new grasses of 2017 and how to care for them.

After a little show and tell, we continued by taking a tour of the 14 greenhouses.  There was an exchange of ideas and knowledge.

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We look forward to doing this again next year!


Planning For An Ornamental Garden


When planning to create a beautiful ornamental grass garden there are 5 basic factors to consider.

1. Sun: Most ornamental grasses grow well in full sun, and will perform best when placed in the sunlight. Some varieties, though, will do well in partial shade or full shade. Knowing how much sun your intended garden plot will receive, will help decide what plants to choose.

2. Soil: Ornamental grasses will only really require ordinary soil, one that is reasonably fertile and well drained. Some grasses grow better in wet soil where as others are more drought tolerant. Understanding the soil in your garden will greatly help your plants to grow to their full potential.

3. Irrigation: In areas with constant rainfall, bedded plants will not need watering except during periods of drought. Grasses native to an area, such as Washington State or climates with continual rainfall, will need less watering once established in a garden unless this is a serious drought.


4. Winter: Selecting ornamental grasses that keep their foliage through the winter adds color and texture to the garden even during the cold winter months.


5. Spacing: Ornamental grasses should be given plenty of room to grow. It is typically recommended to leave 3'-5' per 1 gallon pot.  When the plants mature and fill out the garden will be beautiful.