When to Plant Ornamental Grasses

Big pampas grass plant

Ornamental grass is now all the rage in most landscaping circles, and you want to plant it in the spring or early fall. Gardeners use them because they’re drought-tolerant and tough, and they add a more visual interest to the space because of the attractive flower heads and leaves.

Growing ornamental grasses is quite easy because they’re drought-tolerant. They’re made to be warm-season grasses, and they need the right mixture of space, light, and timing.

These grasses bloom and grow better when in full sunlight. While they can tolerate shade within the garden, their foliage is reduced, and these plants could get leggy.

It doesn’t matter what soil conditions these grasses have. They can flourish in fertile or poor earth. However, you do want to establish a good root system, so consider adding compost to help with vigor.

You must space the grass 1 to 3 feet apart, and this depends on the variety you choose. In a garden, you may want to form a solid greenery wall along the perimeter. Therefore, you should plan them closer together. Spreading them out more means that they are going to fill in faster.

Typically, a fountain grass is going to be planted in spring. This gives it plenty of time to establish themselves before winter. If you live in a warmer area, you can plant them in the fall because winters aren’t as severe.

Will Ornamental Grasses Survive Winter?

This style can be warm or cool-season grasses, so they can survive mild winters and be left in the garden. Fall planting is most recommended for temperate climates. Early spring is the ideal choice for most gardeners. Don’t put these plants in during late summer because the grasses aren’t going to have enough time to develop seed heads.

Where Do These Grasses Grow Best?

Make sure you know your zones for growing. The main thing is to figure out where these plants are native to. Many times, your landscape is ideal for them, so all you have to do is water them as you might any flowers. There are various varieties, and the foliage is lush, green, and beautiful.

Are Ornamental Grasses Annuals or Perennials?

Ornamental grasses are one of the most popular types of plants to grow in a garden. However, there is some confusion as to whether they are annuals or perennials. Most of these grasses are perennials, and they can live up to two years. To get new growth each year, cut back in early summer.


Spring and fall are the perfect times to add these grasses to your space. You need to water them thoroughly, cut them back, and do your part to ensure they establish well in their new home. These grasses are sure to be a great addition to your home and space.

Rachel Lean
Rachel Lean

Adventurer, loving nature and plants, particularly Pampas Grass. Happy to share with other people the knowledge that I accumulated on the journey of my life.