6 Ornamental Grasses for Your Yard

When we design your landscape at the Lake of the Ozarks, we put a lot of thought into what would be perfect in your yard. Not just what would look perfect, but also what will be perfect for your paradise. Every plant has a different requirement for surviving, and luckily for you - we know how to make them not just survive but thrive. Ornamental grass is  a gorgeous way to add dimension to your yard, here are a few neat ones to consider for when we start designing your yard.

Feather Reedgrass

This is an extremely popular ornamental grass. This plant has dark green leaves and narrow, tan plumes in the early summer. It generally grows upright, giving an architectural element to landscapes even in the winter. There are even tiny flowers in the early summer.


This is also called pampas grass. It is a large and fast-growing perennial that will draw your attention when it's in flower because of it's height. It can add a nice dramatic flair to your Lake of the Ozarks landscape. It can also hide an unsightly view.

Northern Sea Oats

This is a fast spreading species and is loved for its seed heads. The way they hang off the stems makes them look like bronze colored wind chimes. They can also be used fresh or dried in arrangements.


It's a spreading prairie that thrives in damp soils. It's a great choice around water.


A mounding plant with a pretty shape. It's name refers to the graceful spray of late-summer plumes of fuzzy flowers. Plumes can be white, pink or red, and the colors continue into Fall, which brings a beautiful and informal look to your landscape. This grass can self seed, so be sure to call your favorite landscape maintenance team to come in and make sure this won't take over in an invasive way.

Blue Fescue

This variety of ornamental grass is the smallest of the grasses. It's perfect for many different areas in your landscaping. It can go at the base of shrubs, or in rows, or really anywhere! It looks best in early summer when it's a beautiful bluish color.

Custom Landscape Design At the Lake of the Ozarks

We specialize in making your yard a custom creation. No cookie cutter layouts, or pre-planned designs! We take a look at your yard and then determine what will look best and work best for you, your lifestyle and your landscape. After that we create a hand sketched design of your yard with the plants and grasses we believe would go well - and this process involves your input! In fact, our designer, Rick Harris, says that "no landscape design (and therefore the planting of that design) is a custom landscape design without the input of the client”. We know that we can create a much better landscape design for YOU if we can talk to you and get your ideas of what you want. Are you ready to start the journey to a custom created paradise in your very own yard? Call Rick at 573-964-6515 to get the design process started!

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