Posted: 07/04/2016 at 12:31
i understand why you are nervous about ornamental grasses. Some seed, some don't. Some invade, some don't
for me grasses are fantastic features of the garden.
miscanthus are not mid to tall...they are tall. And vigorous. They need dividing every 3 years to keep compact. However, they are worth it. Variegatus has green and white leaves making a clean upright feature. Gold Bar has yellow horizontal bands throughout the leaves. Morning Light has a more delicate look. Flamingo has pink flowers. The others memtioned are beige and all make excellent features from mid summer through winter. M Purpureus has reddish foliage
calamagrostis is earlier to flower......grows 5 to 6'. Neat with purple/ beige flowers. Not invasive.
panicums...Shenandoah has red foliage....are well behaved, erect with delicate late summer flowers
deschampsias are superb....3 to 4' tall with full,,blowsy flowers throughout summer. Semi evergreen and non invasive
helictotrichon has blue leaves and beige flowers, 4' tall and neat.
Elymus magellanicus has the bluest foliage of most anything. Evergreen and grown purely for the foliage colour.
stipas range from small, tennuissima, to tall, gigantea. Tennuissima does seed a little but easily controlled.
Pennisetums too are excellent.....some are tender, like rubrum which has red foliage and flowers, some are hardy. They flower at about 3' from mid summer.
if you want short grasses/sedges there are plentiful with olive, red, maroon, yellow, blue and green foliage
a perennial like heleniums or verbena bonariensis or veronicastrums will assort well with grasses for greater impact.
good luck Katfish