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Big Bluestem (Andopogon gerardii) (136706 bytes)

Big Bluestem (Andopogon gerardii) fall (124124 bytes)

   Big Bluestem (Andopogon gerardii) is a warm season, sod forming native prairie grass with medium-textured blue-green foliage. It has bronze, three-pronged flowers in August through September that can be used in both fresh and dried flower arrangements. It grown up to 100 inches in height and can be grown as a screen. Big bluestem grows well in either clay or sandy soil and full sun to partial shade. It is drought tolerant once established.
Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) (126723 bytes) Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) is one of the most attractive cold-hardy bamboos. New plantings (as shown) are green, but shoots turn to a polished, ebony-black within two years when grown in sunlight. This plant prefers humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, will tolerate some shade and is very cold hardy. With a tendency to become invasive, this bamboo is often restricted to container plantings.
Blue avena (Helictotrichon sempervirens) (119277 bytes) Blue avena (Helictotrichon sempervirens) is a cool season, clump forming oatgrass with medium-blue foliage. It is topped with yellow flowers from June to August. Stands out when planted with maroon-leaved canna, Artemesia, Nepeta, Stachys, Rudbeckia, Penstemon, Cotinus coggygria (purple smoke bush), or Rosa glauca. Tolerates a wide range of soils as long as they are well-drained and can be grown in full sun or light shade.
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Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal') is an upright, clump forming ornamental grass. Hardy in zones 4-9, it grows to a height of 5 feet and prefers full sun. Blue switch grass is salt tolerant and has low water needs. The metallic blue foliage supports a pink-tinged inflorescence that makes a good cut flower.


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