4 eye-catching grass species that will really make your garden stand out

4 eye-catching grass species that will really make your garden stand out

From left to right: Japanese jungle grass, pampas grass, blue fescue, and big bluestem.

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Pinegrass. Bermuda. Zoya. poop.

These are the names most golfers know because they are grassy grasses – good for fairways, greens and putting greens.

But the world of turf is vast and diverse, and extends far beyond the things we mow and water to impress our neighbors and keep our courts fast and clear.

The world of grass also includes “ornamental grasses”, and as the term suggests, their main purpose is not playability.

6 different types of grass

6 types of grass every golfer should know, and how each affects your game

by:

Josh Sense



It's a visual appeal.

Many of these grasses are hardy and low maintenance, requiring little effort to keep them looking good. They also come in a wonderland of sizes, colors and textures.

David Phipps is a former superintendent who now serves as the Northwest Regional Representative for the American Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Here are 4 types of grass that he says work just as beautifully in arenas as they do on courses — unless you're hoping for a complete lie.

Japanese forest grass

Lime green, like some 1970s trousers, this elegant grass is a rare ornamental plant that thrives in shade. Slow-growing and non-invasive, with thin leaves, it reaches about 2 feet in height, making it a beautiful ground cover that knows its place. It is best to plant them in the cool of fall rather than the heat of summer.

Ornamental grass
Japanese forest grass

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Pampas Grass

Tall and striking, pampas grass gives rise to silvery white plumes reminiscent of the color and texture of John Daly's beard. Like many ornamental plants, it grows easily, which is a plus, provided you don't let it get out of control.

Ornamental grass
Pampas Grass

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Big Bluestem

Often thought of as a prairie grass, bluestem has a broader range than that, extending across the eastern two-thirds of the United States. With its purple color, it's easy on the eyes, but its fibrous texture can make it tough if you're looking for a ProV1.

Ornamental grass
Big Bluestem

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Blue fescue

Not to be confused with the fine fescue of the links, this sky-blue grass is not the type of plant you want to hit a ball from. Although it can survive in shade, it thrives in sunny conditions, producing pale yellow flowers that contrast beautifully with its blue leaves. No wonder it makes popular landscaping around courses and homes alike.

Ornamental grass
Blue fescue

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Josh Sense

Editor of Golf.com
Josh Sens, a golf, food and travel writer, has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes across all GOLF platforms. His works have been collected in the best American sports writing. He is also co-author with Sammy Hagar of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: The Cooking and Partying Guide.

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