|Purple Fountain Grass|
In my backyard, my sanctuary here in the desert, I wanted some bushes with height. I also wanted to introduce some color and distinct shapes that contrasted with the other bushes in the yard. I finally settled on two ornamental grasses that have a flowing form and soft structure: Purple Fountain grass and Deer grass. I have several of each.
The burgundy-toned Purple Fountain grass is heat-tolerant, low maintenance, pest and disease free. It is considered a perennial in zones 9 (my zone) and ten. It turns brown in the fall. My husband cut them down to about 8 inches last winter, and they have all grown back to about 4 feet tall. The feathery seed heads at the end of the stalks are very showy spring through fall.
|Purple Fountain Grass seed heads|
|Deer Grass seed stalks|