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Ornamental grasses are still sometimes new kids on the block for of our Toronto customers. Thankfully being one of the first in the city who started to use them close to two decades ago, we have enough pictures and built gardens to present evidence of amazing garden functionality of ornamental grasses and their outstanding adaptability to Toronto city gardens. There are two major groups of grasses; cool and warm season types. Each group has its strong and weak spots, using them appropriately will guarantee a successful, long lasting and low maintenance garden.
Cool-season grasses begin growing in early spring and slow down or go dormant during the heat of summer. Some of these grasses tend to look a bit scruffy during July and August and may need a trim. Cool-season grasses do best in areas with cooler summers and low humidity.
Warm-season grasses wait until the weather warms up before they begin to grow. Most stand up very well to heat and humidity and grow best in areas with long, hot summers.
To see a complete description of ornamental grasses, simply click its name.

Acorus (Sweet Flag)
Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass)
Carex (Sedge)
Chasmanthium (Northern Sea Oats)
Deschampsia (Hair Grass)
Festuca (Fescue)
Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass)
Helictotrichon (Oat Grass)
Imperata (Japanese Blood Grass)
Luzula (Wood Rush)
Milium (Wood Millet)
Miscanthus (Miscanthus)
Molinia (Moor Grass)
Panicum (Switch Grass)
Pennisetum (Fountain Grass)
Saccharum (Northern Pampas Grass)
Sorghastrum (Indian Grass)
Stipa (Mexican Feather Grass)
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