Miscanthus sinensis strictus - Tight, upright, clumping grass with horizontal bright yellow stripes on its rich green foliage growing 3 to 6 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide with showy coppery flowers in September 1 to 2 feet above the foliage.
Pennisetum setaceum rubrum - Fountain grass is a very showy ornamental grass with graceful, arching leaves, and erect or nodding rose-colored flower spikes up to 12 in long. Fountain grass grows in dense, symmetrical clumps that can get 3-4 ft tall and 3 ft across with a fountain of feathery plumes flowing out of the foliage. It has reddish stems and leaves, and copper-colored plumes. 'Purpureum' to 5 ft tall, with dark purple leaves and burgundy-red, nodding plumes to 15 in long. These cultivars generally do not set seed, and therefore are good choices for tropical and subtropical climates where the species could become invasive. Fountain grass is a decorative yet durable ornamental grass that needs virtually no care once established. It is tolerant of high temperatures, high humidity, high wind, drought, and acidic to alkaline soils, and is pest-free. Full sun. Tolerates partial shade.Extremely drought tolerant. Fountain grass is a perennial in USDA Zones 8-11. Most of the cultivars do not produce seeds; they are propagated by dividing the root clumps.
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry' - Flowing with deep green, fairly wide, glossy foliage, ‘Moudry’ forms a burnished, tidy-looking basal mound. The showy cylindrical spikes resemble large dense foxtails, as they arise on stiff stalks just above lush deciduous leaves, which color to yellow and orange come autumn.
Unparalleled among other ornamental grasses, the phenomenal fuzzy blooms impart dark purple-black shades, and make excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried. Introduced by the National Arboretum from a batch of Japanese seeds, fall blooming Black Fountain Grass is indispensable for its late season appeal in the mixed border.